Review: ‘Butley’

Alan Bates' stage triumph in Simon Gray's Butley has been superbly recreated on the screen, with the added excellence of Harold Pinter's topnotch film directorial debut. It reunites both Richard O'Callaghan and Michael Byrne from the original London production.

Alan Bates’ stage triumph in Simon Gray’s Butley has been superbly recreated on the screen, with the added excellence of Harold Pinter’s topnotch film directorial debut. It reunites both Richard O’Callaghan and Michael Byrne from the original London production.

The plot basically is one horrendous day in the life of an embittered teacher, who loses his estranged wife to a lesser professional colleague, his lover to another man, and his sense of superiority over a female associate whose lifelong book project has been accepted for publication while his lies unfinished.

Jessica Tandy, a middle-aged teacher who doesn’t seem to understand her modern students, is excellent in projection of both a dedicated instructor and a skilled academic politician.

Butley

UK - US - Canada

Production

American Express/Landau. Director Harold Pinter; Producer Ely Landau; Screenplay Simon Gray; Camera Gerry Fisher; Editor Malcolm Cooke; Art Director Carmen Dillon

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1974. Running time: 129 MIN.

With

Alan Bates Jessica Tandy Richard O'Callaghan Susan Engel Michael Byrne Georgina Hale

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