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Two British mobsters (Patrick Magee, Sydney Tafler) drive a mob deserter (Robert Shaw) mad at a seaside resort.

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Critic Reviews for The Birthday Party

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (3)

Audience Reviews for The Birthday Party

  • Nov 28, 2013
    "The Birthday Party" starts with Meg(Dandy Nichols) making a delicious looking breakfast of fried bread and corn flakes for her husband Pete(Moultrie Kelsall) who announces that a couple of men are interested in renting a room at their boarding house. Their only other tenant is Stanley(Robert Shaw) who has been living there for about a year. Enter McCann(Patrick Magee) and Goldberg(Sydney Tafler). Ordinarily, I would complain when a movie like "The Birthday Party" does not expand on its stage origins, in this case from a play by Harold Pinter(who also wrote the screenplay) first produced in 1957, but here William Friedkin's claustrophobic direction works wonders in its mind games that play on the very nature of identity and could have also served as an influence on "The Prisoner." Of special interest are the funky visual effects used in the film's climax. And even as disheveled as he is in torn pyjamas, balding and overweight, Robert Shaw is still a force to be reckoned with. My only major complaint is that this movie could have been much more tightly edited, especially in the end.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 07, 2010
    This is an excellent screen version of the fabulously menacing play by Harold Pinter.
    mirabella 1 Super Reviewer

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