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: 08/27/2019
UPC: 0738329239084
Original Release: 1974
Rating: NR
Source: Kino Classics
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen, Color]
Time: 2:10:00
Sales rank: 10,370

Special Features

Interview with Alan Bates Interview with Edie Landau "Ely Landau: In Front of the Camera," a promotional film for the American Film Theatre Gallery of trailers for the American Film Theatre

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

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