The Caretaker (The Guest) (1963) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Caretaker (The Guest) (1963)





Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

The Guest is a filmed adaptation of the Harold Pinter play of the same name. Donald Pleasence plays a laconic tramp, who is invited to stay in the home of Robert Shaw, on the implied promise that he, Pleasence, will be hired as caretaker. Shaw's off-in-the-coop brother Alan Bates is delighted to have Pleasence "play" with. In the manner of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Shaw and Bates uses Pleasence as a punching bag for their own hang-ups. Photographed with the proper degree of claustrophobia by Nicolas Roeg, The Caretaker was independently produced by a celebrity consortium including Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Sellers, and Noel Coward. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Critic Reviews for The Caretaker (The Guest)

All Critics (2)

More a theater experience than a cinema one.

Full Review… | May 11, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This is a masterclass in tension and character exploration.

Full Review… | February 9, 2013
Eye for Film

Audience Reviews for The Caretaker (The Guest)


Not as powerfully tense as the play, but still has a handful of real striking moments/monologues. All of the performances really carry the film, an adaptation that easily could have fallen into stagnation otherwise considering it all takes place in just one room. Roeg does a great job of making you feel like you need to duck your head just watching this film, it feels so cramped. Donald Pleasence and Alan Bates are the real standouts, Robert Shaw really delivers where it counts but I found him to be overall a bit spottier. All in all, one of the more effective stage to film adaptations.

Jenna Ipcar
Jenna Ipcar

A great example of character study. This film is an adaptation of the Harold Pinter play and focuses mainly on dialouge as the whole film basically takes place in one room. The three characters each show off great acting skills. If your into action this may not be for you but if you like great acting and monolouges then you be sure to enjoy The Caretaker.

Emily B.
Emily B.

Super Reviewer

The Caretaker (The Guest) Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss The Caretaker (The Guest) on our Movie forum!

News & Features