Synopsis: Two extremely clever British men are in a game of trickery and deceit. Andrew Wyke, an aging famous author who lives alone in a high-tech mansion, after his wife Maggie has left him for a younger man; and Milo Tindle, an aspiring actor, equipped with charm and wit, who demonstrates both qualities once again. When Wyke invites Tindle to his mansion, Tindle seeks to convince the former into letting his wife go by signing the divorce paper. However, Wyke seems far more interested in playing mind games with his wife's new lover, and lures him into a series of actions he thoroughly planned in seeking revenge on his unfaithful spouse.
Director(s): Kenneth Branagh
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  1 win & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
88 min

- Right.

Yes, right.

- So we've cleared that up.

- We have.

- I thought you might deny it.

- Why would I deny it?

- Well, she is my wife.

- Yes, but she's fucking me.

Oh, she's fucking you too?

Well, I'll be buggered.

- Sorry.

- Yes, it's mutual.

- You take turns?

- We f*ck each other.

- That's what people do.

- Yeah, yeah, yeah. I follow.

- We're in love.

- You're in love?

That's right.

Let me top you up.

I heard a rumor

that you wanted to marry her.

- That can't be true, can it?

- Why not?

In this day and age,

is marriage absolutely necessary?

Isn't it a bit old hat?

- Is it?

- It's a mug's game.

I wouldn't go near it if I were you.

You can't marry her.

You can't marry her

because she's married to me.

Unless I divorce her, of course.

- And are you?

- Am I what?

Going to divorce her?

Are you really gonna

make her wait five years?

- She wants to know.

- To be honest, I can't wait.

But there are one or two things

I'd like to clear up first.

For example, I've never heard

of an Italian called Tindle.

My father's name is Tindolini.

Now, that's lovely.

That's like a little bell.

Why don't you go back to Tindolini?

It suits you.

- You think so?

- Yes.

So if and when you marry Maggie,

she'll be Maggie Tindolini.

Do you get a kick out of that?

What name do you act under?

Tindle or Tindolini?

- Tindle.

- Why have I never heard of you?

You will before long.

- Really?

- In spades.

- That sounds threatening.

- Does it?

Doesn't it?

Why don't we get down

to brass tacks?

Brass tacks, yes. Why not?

This is the way I see it.

Come upstairs.

I want to show you something.

Are you all right in elevators?

It won't make you sick

or anything, will it?

This is our bedroom.

And this is my wife's dressing room.

She left a few dresses.

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Harold Pinter

Harold Pinter (; 10 October 1930 – 24 December 2008) was a Nobel Prize-winning British playwright, screenwriter, director and actor. One of the most influential modern British dramatists, his writing career spanned more than 50 years. His best-known plays include The Birthday Party (1957), The Homecoming (1964), and Betrayal (1978), each of which he adapted for the screen. His screenplay adaptations of others' works include The Servant (1963), The Go-Between (1971), The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981), The Trial (1993), and Sleuth (2007). He also directed or acted in radio, stage, television, and film productions of his own and others' works. Pinter was born and raised in Hackney, east London, and educated at Hackney Downs School. He was a sprinter and a keen cricket player, acting in school plays and writing poetry. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art but did not complete the course. He was fined for refusing National service as a conscientious objector. Subsequently, he continued training at the Central School of Speech and Drama and worked in repertory theatre in Ireland and England. In 1956 he married actress Vivien Merchant and had a son, Daniel, born in 1958. He left Merchant in 1975 and married author Lady Antonia Fraser in 1980. Pinter's career as a playwright began with a production of The Room in 1957. His second play, The Birthday Party, closed after eight performances, but was enthusiastically reviewed by critic Harold Hobson. His early works were described by critics as "comedy of menace". Later plays such as No Man's Land (1975) and Betrayal (1978) became known as "memory plays". He appeared as an actor in productions of his own work on radio and film. He also undertook a number of roles in works by other writers. He directed nearly 50 productions for stage, theatre and screen. Pinter received over 50 awards, prizes, and other honours, including the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2005 and the French Légion d'honneur in 2007. Despite frail health after being diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in December 2001, Pinter continued to act on stage and screen, last performing the title role of Samuel Beckett's one-act monologue Krapp's Last Tape, for the 50th anniversary season of the Royal Court Theatre, in October 2006. He died from liver cancer on 24 December 2008. more…

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