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

The Caretaker (The Guest) (1963)





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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 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 (3)

Every line in it involved the most delicate decisions of film-making, and all three actors are even better than they were on stage.

March 20, 2018 | Full Review…

More a theater experience than a cinema one.

May 11, 2013 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

This is a masterclass in tension and character exploration.

February 9, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

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