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

- Yes?

- Andrew Wyke?

That's right.

I'm Milo Tindle.

Oh, yes, good.

Glad to meet you.

You got the train to Charlebury,

did you?

- I drove.

- Oh, you drove?

That's my car.

Oh, the little one?

- Not the big one.

- No, the big one's mine.

What do you think of it?

- Very handsome.

- Yeah.

It is, isn't it?

Come in.

I was watching a video

of one of my books on television.

Like the house?


You know who designed it,

who the interior decorator was?

Yes, your wife.

You knew?

Yes, I knew.

I'll show you around later.

Have a drink. I'm drinking vodka.

- Scotch, please.

- Scotch.

Milo, what an interesting name.

You're a foreigner, I take it?

My father's Italian.

Milo sounds Hungarian.

Does it?

Here's your Scotch.



You sure your father

isn't Hungarian?

Well, if he is,

he's kept it a dead secret for years.

- And your mother?

- English.

So you're a kind of half-breed?

Sit down.

- Thanks for agreeing to see me.

- Not at all.

I didn't know you wrote plays

for television.

I don't. I write crime novels.

You must know that.

I had heard.

But sometimes they're adapted

for television by other people.

You know what the word

adapted means, I take it?


They may not have such a word

in Italian.

- I speak English.

- Good.

Come and have a look

at my special book room.

These are all my novels.

You've read them, I suppose?

Afraid not.

Good God, no?

What about this one?

- Rat in a Trap?

- No.

- The Obelisk?

- No.

- Blackout?

- No.

- Dead Fish?

- Afraid not.

God, you're one in a million.

- Am I?

- Oh, absolu... I'm very popular.

You see this shelf?


French, Dutch, German.

You speak Dutch yourself, do you?

Yes, how did you know?

I have a Dutch uncle.

Can't see any Italian translations.

No, they're a funny lot, the Italians.

Culture isn't really their thing.

Their salami's good, though.

- Oh, is it?

- Italian salami? Best in the world.

Did you bring any with you?

- No, I left it at home.

- Oh, shame.

We're gonna have it

for supper tonight.

With a couple of bottles

of Valpolicella.

- We?

- Maggie and me.

Your glass is empty.

What were you drinking, vodka?

- Scotch.

- Scotch.

I want to come to the point.

Point? What point?

Are you gonna give Maggie

a divorce?

And if not, why not?

Yeah, yes, yes, we'll come to that.

She thinks

you're being unreasonable.

So do I.

She's never coming back to you,

so why not just give her the divorce?

It'll do her good to wait for five years.

Good for her character.

You're going to make her wait

five years?

- That's the law. The law of the land.

- But that's pure spite.

Anyway, we'll get back to that,

perhaps. Have your drink first.

What do you do, by the way?

I'm an actor.

Good God. Are you really?

I thought Maggie said

you were a hairdresser.

She must have been talking

about someone else.

You mean another friend?

Another friend?

She tends to have

more than one friend.

- Does she?

- Oh, yes.

I'm her only friend.

She must be lonely.

She's not.

Acting is a pretty precarious

profession, isn't it?

What are you acting in

at the moment?

I'm out of work.

Poor chap.

I drive cars now and again,


- Oh, tough life.

- I keep my head above water.

What sort of parts do you play?

Killers, mostly.

Sex maniacs, perverts.

But you're so charming.

Yes, I know.

Anyway, what about this divorce?

What's your position, exactly?

All in good time.

Come in.

Have a seat.

Make yourself comfortable.

I understand you're f***ing my wife.

- That's right.

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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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