Accident (1967)

The complex relationships among an Oxford professor, one of his students, and the young woman who captivates both of them is the subject of this difficult but rewarding drama. Director Joseph Losey and writer Harold Pinter had previously… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1967
DVD Release Date: December 18, 2001
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A film arguably ahead of its time, Accident boasts strong performances to match its thought-provoking themes.

Roger Ebert

The film is put together as carefully as a Hitchcock.

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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

Of Losey's three collaborations with Pinter (the other two are 1963's The Servant and 1970's The Go-Between), it is the most challenging and influential.

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Penelope Houston
The Spectator

The honours for sheer accomplishment and speed of reaction go to Dirk Bogarde and Vivien Merchant: the honours for playing against the grain to Stanley Baker.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

The whole thing is such a teapot tempest, and it is so assiduously underplayed that it is neither strong drama nor stinging satire. It is just a sad little story of a wistful don.

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Martin Tsai
Los Angeles Times

The film's didactic indifference also makes it unclear whether Stephen ups the ante or gets his comeuppance in the end.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

A subtly poised film of middle-class life in an Oxford academic milieu.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Dirk Bogarde's crumbling don is the sharpest of the many similar performances he has given, and Stanley Baker is superbly chunky as Bogarde's rival for a young Austrian student (Jacqueline Sassard).

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

Bring a date, because you'll need to talk this one through.

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

A sharp and complex British film that his by turns witty and engaging.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Stefanie C
Understated and complex. A fine collaboration of Bogarde, Losey and Pinter.
Eric Broome
Intense, compelling film with Michael York, Dirk Bogarde and Stanley Baker meeting gorgeous Jacqueline Sassard, and clashing verbal swords over her in that… More