Accident (1967)



Critic Consensus: A film arguably ahead of its time, Accident boasts strong performances to match its thought-provoking themes.

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The complex relationships among an Oxford professor, one of his students, and the young woman who captivates both of them is the subject of this difficult but rewarding drama. Director Joseph Losey and writer Harold Pinter had previously collaborated on 1963's The Servant, and they surrounded this recasting of a Nicholas Mosley novel with a similar atmosphere of ominous mystery. The story is presented through flashbacks and disconnected memories that trace the characters' interactions. Though the mood is occasionally brightened by satirical views of the academic world, the overall effect is rather somber, concerned with missed opportunities, unhealthy obsessions, and unavoidable regret. Dirk Bogarde superbly captures the pensive professor's torment, with able support from Jacqueline Sassard and Michael York as the younger couple. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Dirk Bogarde
as Stephen
Stanley Baker
as Charley
Michael York
as William
Vivien Merchant
as Rosalind
Delphine Seyrig
as Francesca
Alexander Knox
as Provost
Ann Firbank
as Laura
Brian Phelan
as Police Sergeant
Terence Rigby
as Plain Clothed Policeman
Jill Johnson
as Secretary
Jane Hillary
as Receptionist
Harold Pinter
as Mr. Bell
Freddie Jones
as Frantic Man in Bell's Office
Carole Caplin
as Clarissa
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Critic Reviews for Accident

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (9)

The film is put together as carefully as a Hitchcock.

Full Review… | March 12, 2015
Top Critic

The whole thing is such a teapot tempest, and it is so assiduously underplayed that it is neither strong drama nor stinging satire. It is just a sad little story of a wistful don.

Full Review… | March 12, 2015
New York Times
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Dirk Bogarde's crumbling don is the sharpest of the many similar performances he has given, and Stanley Baker is superbly chunky as Bogarde's rival for a young Austrian student (Jacqueline Sassard).

Full Review… | March 12, 2015
Chicago Reader
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Of Losey's three collaborations with Pinter (the other two are 1963's The Servant and 1970's The Go-Between), it is the most challenging and influential.

Full Review… | March 12, 2015
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The film's didactic indifference also makes it unclear whether Stephen ups the ante or gets his comeuppance in the end.

Full Review… | June 12, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Bring a date, because you'll need to talk this one through.

Full Review… | May 20, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Accident


Understated and complex. A fine collaboration of Bogarde, Losey and Pinter.

Stefanie C
Stefanie C

Super Reviewer

Intense, compelling film with Michael York, Dirk Bogarde and Stanley Baker meeting gorgeous Jacqueline Sassard, and clashing verbal swords over her in that creepily repressed, passive-aggressive British style. Also interesting to see screenwriter Harold Pinter turn up in a cameo as a television executive. I looked up Sassard on IMDB, and was intrigued to learn that she had quite a solid acting career and then abruptly quit at age 28. I wonder why?

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer


Another superb collaboration between writer Harold Pinter and director Joseph Losey and actor Dirk Bogarde. Pinter, lauded as the "master of pauses" in theatre brings this deliberately contemplative atmosphere to the film as we watch the characters in the film say more with their silence than they so often do when speaking. The cast is top-notch, as if the exceptional photography, editing and production design. This is one of those films that can really transport me to the time and place where and when it was made, in this case late 60s England. Highly recommended for fans of cinema who take pleasure in "moody" films, ones which require the viewer to be an active participant in the experience of watching.

Jeremy Bolton
Jeremy Bolton

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