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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
This is an early Pinter play, almost a youthful caprice: it's almost a comedy, but - as you'd expect - with disturbing echoes. The cast is excellent: it's hard to think of how three of the roles could be better played than they are here by Alan Bates, Helen Mirren and Malcolm McDowell. I have reservations about Olivier, though: he doesn't always have the restraint that Pinter requires and though he gives a very exciting rendering of Harry Kane, here, I can't help thinking it's not quite what Pinter was asking for. Sample his final 'big speech' to see what I mean.

Otherwise, though, this is strongly recommended.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 27 February 2011
Terrifically acted by an amazing cast - Laurence Olivier, Alan Bates, Malcolm McDowell, and Helen Mirren - this is a fun, creepy and disturbing adaptation of the Harold Pinter play.

Not really opened up for TV (it was made for the BBC), more a photographed play.

But the writing and acting are so delicious, and Michael Apted does such a solid job modulating the intricate tones, that the rough edged visual
style doesn't matter, as we slowly piece together what did or didn't go on between McDowell and Mirren when they happened to meet at an hotel
out of town, and the repercussions on their relationships at home; McDowell with Olivier, Mirren with Bates.

A must for any fan of Pinter's or the cast.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 June 2012
82uk Laurence Olivier Presents The Collection by Harold Pinter (1976, 64')

One of a series of six plays produced by Laurence Olivier for Granada Television, 1976-78. The Collection is from Three Plays by Pinter.

Cast of four: Harry, a man in his forties - Laurence Olivier, James, a man in his thirties - Alan Bates, Stella, a woman in her thirties - Helen Mirren, and Bill, a man in his late twenties - Malcolm McDowell.

The plot concerns whether or not Stella and Bill had a one-night stand while away on business in Leeds (from the introduction).
A must for Pinter who's?, and for all others anyway.

82uk Laurence Olivier Presents The Collection by Harold Pinter (1976, 64')
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on 9 June 2010
this is an example of the kind of quality drama that used to be seen on tv. something we used to be able to be proud of and look forward to. something of the like we should be demanding these days. it's beautifully done. beautifully executed and acted by all 4 actors. all perfectly pitched, not least by olivier. he brings an underlying anxiety and sympathy to the character wrapped in pride and a need to control. a vulnerability that the other characters don't need to yet feel, wonderfully conveyed. olivier brings the sensitive touch of complexity perfectly juxtaposed with alan bates's character and interpretation. they really don't do anything like this these days and more's the shame of it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 August 2012
I will agree with previous reviewers that this is very good and well performed Pinter, but I am surprised that no one has commented on the DVD transfer quality, which I find at this date inexcusably bad. Were the technicians who produced it paying attention at all? A good deal (if not most) of the spoken dialogue is out of sync with the visual, which of course is very distracting. Also, in a DVD issuance of this late date, English sub-titles should be standard practice, which in this Pinter production would have proved helpful. See the excellent BFI issuance of Pinter's "The Caretaker."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 September 2012
Excellent production. First rate acting.
Picture quality acceptable.
The interplay of peoples' vulnerability in relationships exaggerated by not ever really being sure of the truth of what really happened when one was not there oneself, is played out engagingly in this Pinter play.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
This masterpeice is a good starting point for students new to Pinter.Good casting has enhanced the overall uneasyness of the play.
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on 14 January 2015
Superb performances by all the cast!
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on 16 April 2015
excellent
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 March 2013
i have to admit that i found it a bit dated and didn`t finish watching it all.bit of a disappointment
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