The Go-Between

Synopsis: In 1900 12 year old Leo Colston spends a blisteringly hot summer with the wealthy family of class-mate Marcus Maudsley at their Norfolk estate. When Marcus falls ill Leo is befriended by the daughter of the house, the glamorous, captivating Marian, who is to be engaged to disfigured Boer War veteran, the kindly Hugh Trimingham. Totally smitten by her, Leo agrees to carry business letters between herself and young tenant farmer Ted Burgess. However the messages are not what they first appear to be and will have unfortunate consequences spanning half a century when Leo meets up with Marian again.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Pete Travis
  1 win & 2 nominations.
89 min

'The past is a foreign country.

'They do things differently there.

'I've spent a good part of my life

running away from that country,

'keeping its painful

secrets locked away...

'.. buried deep.'

Why have you become such a dull dog,

when I gave you such a good start?

It was you that let me down.

You flew too close to the

sun, you got scorched.

It was you who made me this

creature of ashes and cinders.

But you've had 50 years to get over it!

'He was right.

'I have lived in the shadow of the past...

'.. afraid it would ruin my life.

'It has.'

Master Marcus.

Come on, frogspawn!

I'll show you our room.

Is it bigger than your

dirty old cave at home?


About the same.

Come on!

Father says this is the

grandest house in all of Norfolk.

Is your father here?

No. He's stuck in the city

for the summer. Making money.

I don't want you boys to get too hot.

Perhaps you should go and get yourself

a jolly nice glass of lemonade.

Ah! Marian, my dear.

- Hugh will be here on Saturday.

- Hmm. That's nice.

Hugh coming?

He's staying till the end of

the month, perhaps longer.

Are you sure, Mama? You know

Trimingham never misses Goodwood.

Well, I think this year he means to.

So, Leo. Marcus tells

me you are a magician.

No, not really. Only at school.

He put a curse on Jenkins and Strode

and they fell off the house roof and

broke every bone in their bodies.

They were dreadful bullies.

He could have killed

them, if he'd wanted to.

In fact, it was jolly

decent of him not to.

How powerful you must be, Leo.

I hope you're not going to curse us here.

Oh, no. I wouldn't do that.

Can you put a spell on the weather, then?

It would be lovely to have a hot summer.

Well, I don't know...

I'm sure it's within your powers.

Couldn't you do it, just for me?

In the name of Virgo,

I command the weather to obey me.

Make it a hot summer, the hottest ever.

You can't catch me!

What are we going to do to

combat this frightful heat?

No, no, no -- walk,

don't run, Marcus dear.

Haven't you anything cooler to wear, Leo?

I may look hot, but I'm

quite cool underneath.

Did you leave your summer clothes at home?

I expect Mother forgot

to put them in my case.

Why don't you write and

ask her to send them?

Oh, that would take too long.

Let me take him to town

tomorrow, get him a new outfit.

You'd like that, wouldn't you, Leo?

But I haven't much money...

That doesn't matter. We've got some.

Don't forget, he has the

things at home, Marian.

We'll give them to him

as a birthday present.

Your mother wouldn't mind

that, would she, Leo?

When is your birthday, by the way?

The 27th.

Of this month? How splendid!

Now we can all give him something to wear.

Bags I the ties!

Why don't you wait till Monday,

when Hugh will be here?

Then you could make up a

party and go together.

It wouldn't be any treat to Hugh.

He wouldn't want to go trailing

around the shops with Leo and me.

Besides, by Monday, Leo

will have melted into butter,

and all he'll need will be a muslin bag.

Are you sure you wouldn't

rather wait till Monday?

Quite sure.

But of course, if anyone would

like to come with us...?

Then I suppose we can go, Mama?

Of course.

How beautifully these are mended!

I wish we had someone who

could mend clothes like this.

My mother does it herself.

Those clothes you have at home

don't really exist, do they?

They do, but they're rather old.

We can't afford new ones.

Well, it'll be our secret.

Can I get a cup of tea, please?

Yes, of course.

Thank you.

Anyone would think you'd

never been on a train before.

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