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British philosophy professor Teddy (Michael Jayston) comes back home from America the first time in nine years to visit his father, uncle and two brothers and introduce them to his wife, Ruth (Vivien Merchant). The family's working class background is vastly different from Teddy and Ruth's academic lifestyle, and the homecoming is uncomfortable for Teddy. But, unexpectedly, Ruth fits right in. While the men compete with one another, she not only enjoys herself but earns their respect.

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  • Nov 09, 2020
    Its a little shocking that Pinter's play works as a movie at all, but it is perfectly cast which is the most crucial part of staging his work.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • May 03, 2012
    A man returns home with his wife, who draws the sexual desire of the rest of the men in the household. The source material is one of the best plays I've ever seen or read. Pinter's subtext and pregnant pauses are on full display in this masterpiece. But there's something special about live theater that isn't captured in this film, despite the compelling nature of Ian Holm's pensive glares. The tension on stage isn't as palpable as it is on film, but that doesn't change the fact that watching this film is a remarkable experience.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 02, 2007
    [font=Century Gothic]"The Homecoming" proves that it is hard enough bringing your wife home to meet your family for the first time, as Teddy(Michael Jayston), a philosophy professor living in America, is doing with his wife, Ruth(Vivien Merchant), of nine years and mother of three boys, arriving in the middle of the night to his old home in London, without his family, which is ruled over by Max(Paul Rogers), a retired butcher, being a nightmare. Max is used to terrorizing his brother Sam(Cyril Cusack), a chauffeur, and his slow-witted son, Joey(Terence Rigby), a boxer, but is getting on in age and his bite cannot match his bark anymore. And his quick-witted son, Lenny(Ian Holm), is now returning fire...[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]On the surface, "The Homecoming" is a kitchen sink drama full of the bleak desperation of the working class in London. And then about halfway through, it makes a disturbing turn, revealing the characters to be even worse than previously thought, but in general it is still the exploitation of labor, especially women and society's mistreatment of them, that is being discussed. [/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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