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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


Dirk Bogarde
as Stephen
Michael York
as William
Delphine Seyrig
as Francesca
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

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Audience Reviews for Accident


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

Stefanie C
Stefanie C

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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

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