Michael Jayston brings his wife Vivien Merchant home to visit his long-estranged family. Jayston’s father Paul Rogers is a washout, his uncle Cyril Cusack is on the edge of senility, and his brothers Ian Holm and Terence Rigby are, respectively, a slimy pimp and a brutish boxer.
Like Dreyer's Gertrud, a great example of a filmed play still managing to be cinematic (thanks to David Watkin's dp work likely). The cast is uniformly amazing in this dark story pregnant with history, pain and meaning one doesn't always understand. Pinter's dialogue is wonderful in getting at how people accidently reveal themselves while rambling on about something else of little technical importance.
"He also was lumped in with the Angry Young Man crowd."
"He was lumped in a lot of places and I think it was because no one knew where to put him."