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The Servant 1963 film review

The Servant 1963 film review

The Servant (1963, United Kingdom)

Running time
112 minutes
Our rating
★★★★★★★★☆☆ 8 / 10

The main character of the film, Tony, is a young affluent man, but a complete duffer, who gets completely dependent to his butler, Barret. When he hired Barret Tony’s life seemed to turn for better: the butler organized his house, cooks him delicious meals, advises him in everything. But gradually Barret takes complete control of his master’s life, treats Tony like naive little puppy and does not hesitate to enter the private side of Tony’s life. Susan, Tony’s fiancee, does not like Barret and tries to change the situation in the household, but Barret fights any changes. He introduces Tony to attractive Vera. The two become friends, but behind Tony’s back Vera is Barret’s lover. The butler’s plan eventually come to fruition and Susan leaves the house. When it is too late Tony realizes of his own incapacitation...

This is a very well-made psychological drama, the first of three such productions from Joseph Losey. The great British actor Dirk Bogarde, who has garnered many accolades and awards, played the part of the servant. In this film he gave great performance. In The Servant he was paired with young James Fox, who was at the beginning of his great career. Later he appeared in many good films (such as Day of the Jackal or A Bridge Too Far). The reversed master and servant situation that was pushed into the realms of absurd was a very interesting and original idea, which with a well-chosen cast and perfectly executed production created a very good film with original atmosphere.

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Creators of The Servant

Joseph Losey films

Joseph Losey


Harold Pinter films

Harold Pinter


Cast of The Servant

Dirk Bogarde films

Dirk Bogarde

as Hugo Barrett

James Fox films

James Fox

as Tony

Sarah Miles films

Sarah Miles

as Vera

Wendy Craig films

Wendy Craig

as Susan

Catherine Lacey films

Catherine Lacey

as Mrs Mounset

Richard Vernon films

Richard Vernon

as Lord Mounset

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