Director: Harold Pinter Cast: Alan Bates, Jessica Tandy, Richard O'Callaghan

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The American Film Theatre has made movies of a number of significant theatrical performances, including Laurence Olivier's Othello. Another of these filmed theatricals is Simon Gray's Butley, which was brought to the screen by playwright Harold Pinter, and which features an astonishing performance by Alan Bates. The story focuses on one very bad day in the life of Butley (Bates), a feisty, sharp-tongued, lazy and pathetic professor of English. His professional ascendancy is challenged by a slick, accomplished woman many years his junior; his ex-wife gives him conniptions when she announces her remarriage to someone he cannot bear; and his male lover of several years chooses this time to announce that he is leaving him for a sweeter-tempered but very ordinary man of the sort Butley despises. Bleak though this sounds, Butley's unconquerable wit and biting repartee transform this otherwise tragic tale into something of a celebration of survival.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/01/2003
UPC: 0738329027827
Original Release: 1974
Rating: R
Source: Kino Video
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 2:09:00
Sales rank: 53,689

Special Features

Theatrical trailer; "Simon Gray and Butley," an essay by Michael Feingold, Chief Theatre Critic, The Village Voice; The AFT Cinebill for Butley; Stills gallery; An interview with Edie Landau: Executive in Charge, the American Film Theatre; Ely Landau: In Front of the Camera - AFT promotional reel (1974); The American Film Theatre trailer gallery - includes a complete list of AFT films; The American Film Theatre Scrapbook; Enhanced for 16x9 TVs

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alan Bates Ben Butley
Jessica Tandy Edna Shaft
Richard O'Callaghan Joey Keyston
Susan Engel Anne Butley
Michael Byrne Reg Nuttall
Georgina Hale Miss Heasman
Cohn Haigh Male Student
Lindsay Ingram Female Student
Patti Love Female Student
Belinda Low Female Student
Oliver Maguire Train Passenger
John Savident James
Susan Wooldridge Female Student
Simon Rouse Gardner

Technical Credits
Harold Pinter Director
Malcolm Cooke Editor
Carmen Dillon Art Director
Gerry Fisher Cinematographer
Simon Gray Screenwriter
Ely Landau Producer
Otto Plaschkes Producer
Ivan Sharrock Sound/Sound Designer
Ted Sturgis Asst. Director
Simon Ward Screenwriter
Henry T. Weinstein Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles [4:30]
2. Office Mates [7:55]
3. "Straight Abuse" [7:47]
4. "You're Looking Furtive" [12:47]
5. A Chat With Edna [7:41]
6. "This Hash My Life" [9:37]
7. "Do You Want Us Back" [10:47]
8. "A Frozen Soul" [7:04]
9. Joey's Secret [7:45]
10. "What About Edna?" [7:03]
11. A Drink With Reg [20:07]
12. "A Fraction of a Faker" [8:34]
13. A Rehearsed Goodbye [8:47]
14. "Breaking New Ground" [6:55]
15. End Credits [1:52]

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