The Caretaker (The Guest) (1963)

The Caretaker (The Guest)


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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

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
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Audience Reviews for The Caretaker (The Guest)


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.

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