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The Go-Between (2015)

TV-MA | | Drama | TV Movie 20 September 2015
An elderly man pieces together his childhood memories after finding his diary from 1900, which he wrote when he was 13 years old.

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Pete Travis

Writers:

L.P. Hartley (based on the novel by), Adrian Hodges
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jim Broadbent ... Old Leo
Jack Hollington ... Leo
Samuel Joslin ... Marcus Maudsley
Tim McMullan Tim McMullan ... Butler
Joanna Vanderham ... Marian Maudsley
Lesley Manville ... Mrs Maudsley
Jack Cutmore-Scott ... Denys Maudsley
Emily Laing Emily Laing ... Julia
Ben Batt ... Ted Burgess
Stephen Campbell Moore ... Hugh Trimingham
Vanessa Redgrave ... Old Marian
Nicholas Evans Nicholas Evans ... Boy Treble
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Storyline

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. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

20 September 2015 (UK) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Jim Broadbent also appeared in the original The Go-Between (1971), his first film role (though an uncredited role). See more »

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A good try!
23 September 2015 | by peli01See all my reviews

I have rated this film as 8 out of ten because if you ignore the original version it is an excellent production with some good performances but for me nothing can match the original 1971 version which I would give 10 out of 10.

It was an almost impossible task to attempt to improve on the original and if you can't do that, why bother? Unfortunately the new film blatantly tries to copy the 1971 version in several places and inexplicably omits key lines and characters that were in the L.P. Hartley novel.

And why was the new film not filmed in Norfolk? Berkshire is an unconvincing substitute. Railway buffs will also have noticed that the station shown was obviously southern, probably the Bluebell Railway, not at all like a Norfolk station.


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