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The Go-Between

original movie poster
Directed by Joseph Losey
Produced by John Heyman
Denis Johnson
Written by Harold Pinter
Based on the novel by L. P. Hartley
Starring Julie Christie
Alan Bates
Margaret Leighton
Edward Fox
Music by Michel Legrand
Cinematography Gerry Fisher
Distributed by EMI Films(UK)
Columbia Pictures(U.S.)
Release date(s) United Kingdom December, 1970
United States 29 July 1971 (NYC only)
Running time 118 min
Country  United Kingdom

The Go-Between is Harold Pinter's 1970 film adaptation of the novel by L. P. Hartley. A British production directed by Joseph Losey, it stars Dominic Guard (in the title role of Leo Colston), Julie Christie, Alan Bates, Margaret Leighton, Michael Redgrave, and Edward Fox.

Pinter's screenplay—his final collaboration with Losey, following The Servant (1963) and Accident (1967)[1]—is largely faithful to the novel, though it alludes to the novel's opening events in dialogue and incorporates events described in the novel's epilogue within the central narrative.



The film was shot at Melton Constable and Heydon in Norfolk.[2]


Michel Legrand composed the soundtrack for the film.

Honours and awards

The film won the Grand Prix at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival.[3]

In 1999 it was included on the British Film Institute's list of the 100 best British films.



  1. ^ Nick James (2007-06-27). "Joseph Losey & Harold Pinter: In Search of PoshLust Times". BFI. British Film Institute. Retrieved 2009-06-19. "From Venetian decadence and British class war to Proustian time games, the films of Joseph Losey and Harold Pinter gave us a new, ambitious, high-culture kind of art film, says Nick James."  
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  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Go-Between". Retrieved 2009-04-12.  

Further reading

Billington, Michael. Harold Pinter. Updated 2nd edn. of The Life and Work of Harold Pinter, published 1997. London: Faber and Faber, 1997. ISBN 9780571234769
Gale, Steven H. Sharp Cut: Harold Pinter's Screenplays and the Artistic Process. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2003. ISBN 0813122449.
Gale, Steven H., (ed.) The Films of Harold Pinter. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2001. ISBN 0791449327.

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