Betrayal (1983)

Director David Jones adapted Harold Pinter's play of the same name -- with the help of Pinter himself -- to better fit this chronologically reversed drama of love and betrayal to the medium of film. The action starts with a scene in a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 19, 1983
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Not a total loss-some wit and a few well-sketched moments survive-but the betrayal here is largely one of the talent involved.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The "Betrayal" structure strips away all artifice. It shows, heartlessly, that the very capacity for love itself is sometimes based on betraying not only other loved ones, but even ourselves.

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

Razor sharp in its depiction of a rather precious, pretentious literary London, Pinter's own world; in fact it includes an unforgettable scene in a restaurant when Kingsley goes ballistic.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Hodge is fine, Kingsley tries his best, and Irons is as tight-assed as ever. But it's all so uncinematic as to make one wonder why it was ever made in the first place.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Though I didn't see the stage production when it was done on Broadway in 1980, this ''Betrayal'' is a riveting film that proceeds through the interlocking love lives of three special friends.

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Emanuel Levy

Harold Pinter's Oscar-nominated drama, a detailed anatomy of an affair, is extremely well acted by Ben Kingsley, Jeremy Irons, and Patricia Hodge.

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Variety Staff

An absorbing, quietly amusing chamber drama for those attuned to Harold Pinter's way with words.

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TV Guide

Once you've grasped the reverse chronology, the events peel away in layers that produce unexpected insights along the way.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Too Stagy.

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