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The Comedians (1967)

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The humorous title of this story taken from the novel by Graham Greene gives the viewer the wrong impression. The story concerns the residents of a once-posh hotel in Haiti and the fate of the country's people under the despotic dictator Papa Doc Duvalier. Martha (Elizabeth Taylor) is the philandering wife of a South American ambassador Peter Ustinov. She seeks solace in the arms of hotel-owner Brown (Richard Burton), whose main focus is to keep making improvements on his crumbling building. Alec Guinness plays Jones, the suave charlatan who claims to be a retired military officer to hide his vocation as a shadowy weapons dealer. Brown later gets a sudden twinge of morality and decides to go off to the mountains to help the rebels in their heroic cause. Watch for silent film great Lillian Gish as Mrs. Smith in this plodding drama. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

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Cast

Elizabeth Taylor
as Martha Pineda
Alec Guinness
as Maj. Jones
Peter Ustinov
as Ambassador Pineda
Paul Ford
as Mr. Smith
Lillian Gish
as Mrs. Smith
Georg Stanford Brown
as Henri Philipot
James Earl Jones
as Dr. Magiot
Raymond St. Jacques
as Capt. Concasseur
Douta Seck
as Joseph
Roscoe Lee Browne
as Petit Pierre
Cicely Tyson
as Marie Therese
Gloria Foster
as Mme. Philipot
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Critic Reviews for The Comedians

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

At such moments of transcendent drama -- and there are enough to make it worthwhile -- The Comedians is easily forgiven its other sins.

March 23, 2011 | Full Review…
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A plodding, low-key, and eventually tedious melodrama.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

A sadly inept adaptation of Graham Greene's novel.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

It is conventional and obvious, indeed, and is rendered no better or more beguiling by some rather superfluous additions of amorous scenes.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

The movie tries to be serious and politically significant, and succeeds only in being tedious and pompous.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Uninspired political drama.

March 25, 2012 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Comedians

A bit confused and could have been cut into a tighter whole but an interesting document of a time and place that hasn't gotten a lot of treatment certainly not with a cast of this caliber. Leads are fine but the supporting cast of Guinness, Gish, Ford and Ustinov wrap it up.

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