Clive Donner's film version of Harold Pinter's groundbreaking play. For reasons unclear, Aston (Robert Shaw) invites a tramp named Davies (Donald Pleasence) to come and work as the caretaker in his run-down East London home. Davies initially talks of retrieving some documents that will establish his credentials, but then puts more and more obstacles in the way of returning to Sidcup to fetch them. Aston meanwhile talks of assembling a shed in the garden, a project whose exact start-point seems to be a matter of some deferral. Aston's spivvish brother Mick, owner of house, returns to find the fine balance between the siblings upset as the brothers' relationship begins to revolve in new ways around the tramp. Includes an introduction from Michael Billington and two making-of features.
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Commentary, Interactive Menu, Making Of, SYNOPSIS: 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 around...to '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. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Berlin International Film Festival, ...The Caretaker ( The Guest )