Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Peter Sellers, SinÃ©ad Cusack, Ruth Dunning
Director: Alvin Rakoff
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Hoffman is an odd cross between There's a Girl in My Soup and The Collector and is clearly one of the few film projects Peter Sellers took seriously enough to work hard on. Secretary Miss Smith (Sinéad Cusack) is blackmail... more »
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An Unknown Peter Sellers Gem
David Baldwin | Philadelphia,PA USA | 08/04/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This has to rank as one of Peter Sellers' greatest performances, albeit in a dramatic vehicle. When the film begins Sellers appears to be a repugnant character and Sinead Cusack appears to be his helpless victim. However, as the story unfolds, these assumptions are turned upside their head in credible fashion. Anybody willing to take a chance on a unique and ultimately charming love story should see this one."
Do not underestimate the Sellers!
michael bel geddes | Terra Linda, CA United States | 03/29/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This film is surprisingly tender, and undeniably charming. The tension only works effectively because of the "supposed" repulsion and repugnancy that Cusack feels toward Sellers.
The two play remarkably well together, sharing
almost all the scenes together. There is a light,
warm hearted chemistry here, which can only be
found in films from this period.
The ending is where the greatness of what came before is heightened. This film actually has some deep commentary and metaphorical significance concerning the roles of men and women, in relationships today.
I can only say, that, what Hoffman says is true, in his first dramatic monologue in the film.
"These men, with their thoughts,
full of breasts and bottoms and thighs.
Their revolution is almost upon you:
just you wait, just you wait. Hope never dies in a man with a good dirty mind."You have to love Peter Sellers."
Little Known Sellers gem well worth viewing
DR. FOREMAN | BOSTON,MA | 02/15/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I must begin by confessing I am a very big fan of Sellers, and through many reviews here and at IMDB decided to purchase this DVD even though I have never seen this film. Let me say that it is truly worth a look as well as repeated viewings. Sellers eyes appear as the saddest ever in cinema. That is how we are introduced to his character as he opens his door we see the saddest and loniest expression captured in his eyes. Wonderful dark comedy and character study but also has some romantic touches. Little seen gem that I recommned to all not just the Sellers fan.Ranks with Being There and The Optimists as his greatest dramatic roles.Remember: "Reality betrays us all.""
Perverse intelligence ; innocent beauty!
Hiram Gomez Pardo | Valencia, Venezuela | 02/13/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A lonely man, terribly disappointed since his last amorous failure, decides to make a long and complicated journey to win the favor of a young lady who could be his own daughter. She will blackmail her and the pact is to spent a week with him.
The smart script is enriched with bitter and caustic dialogues; scented with that discrete charm where you immediately tie up with Vladimir Nabokov ` s Lolita. If you notice carefully the amazing resembling between Sinead Cussack and Sue Lyon you will coincide with me. It's an intimate chamber work that depicts three fundamental characters: the man in question, our candide girl and her naive boyfriend. A clever and modern fable that shows us nobody is absolutely out of game in what love concerns. When you have talent, imagination and good taste the door is open.
A mature film that will let you thinking for a long, long time.