• The Servant (1964)

The Servant

Release Date: March 16th, 1964

DVD Release Date: December 18th, 2001

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 57 min

Plot Summary

Tony (James Fox), a British aristocrat, hires the mysterious Hugo Barrett (Dirk Bogarde) as his household servant. The new employee soon begins to cause unrest in the household, and Tony is forced to send him away. But Barrett's influence extends further than Tony realizes, and he finds himself entangled in an intense psychological war with his former valet. Servant and master square off in a battle that redefines each man's understanding of fear, desire and class.

Cast: Dirk Bogarde, James Fox, Sarah Miles, Wendy Craig, Catherine Lacy, Patrick Magee

Director: Joseph Losey

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Elstree, Springbok Productions

Distributors: Landau Releasing Organization (LRO)

Keywords: Revenge, London, Mystery, 1960s, Forbidden love, Suspenseful, Rivalry

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Total Film

    Losey creates an atmosphere of deepening claustrophobic menace shot through with episodes of savage black humour. show more

  • 100
    Tom HuddlestonTime Out London

    It’s one of the most insightful films ever made about the British class system. show more

  • 100
    Peter BradshawThe Guardian

    It is a brilliant, subversive account of class relations and the changing times. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Awards

Nominated British Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1964)
Nominated Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1964)
Winner Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1964)
Nominated Film and British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1964)
Winner British Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1964)
Winner British Cinematography: Black & White
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1964)
Nominated British Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1964)