Tony (James Fox) and Hugo (Bogarde) are comfortably ensconced in their master/servant relationship until Tony introduces his girlfriend Susan (Wendy Craig) whose antipathy towards Hugo encourages him to bring his ‘sister’ Vera (Sarah Miles) who happens to be Tony’s lover, into the milieu. Debasement and transference inevitably follow. Playwright Harold Pinter’s assault on the complacency of the British class system strips the Robin Maugham novella down to raw basics, and serves as a precursor to Fox’s later role in Performance.

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WINNER three BAFTA Awards

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