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1 hr. 19 min.

Plot Summary
This unconventional British film, based on the renowned novella by Herman Melville, follows the employment of the eccentric title character (John McEnery). Working in an accounting office, Bartleby is withdrawn and calm, but, one day, when his boss (Paul Scofield) asks him to complete a task, he flatly refuses to do it. Soon the disconnected Bartleby becomes increasingly noncompliant, perplexing his unusually patient employer and leading to increasingly odd circumstances.

Cast: Paul Scofield , John McEnery , Thorley Walters , Colin Jeavons , Raymond Mason , Charles Kinross , Neville Barber , Robin Askwith

Director: Anthony Friedmann

Genres: Drama

Bartleby (1970)

|1 hr. 19 min.

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  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    This is a shrewd and effective film from a director who understands how to create and sustain a mood. show more

  • 50
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    It's a parable as timely today as when it was written. But except for Paymer as the boss who ultimately expresses empathy for Bartleby's pain, the performances are so stylized as to be drained of human emotion. show more

  • 38
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Does little more than re-create the oppressive feeling of suffocating employment. And why put yourself through that experience without the promise of a paycheck at the other end? show more

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