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

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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


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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Vanessa Redgrave, who plays Older Marion, is the daughter of Sir Michael Redgrave who played Older Leo in the 1971 film. See more »


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Edwardian love triangle
22 September 2015 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

'The past is a foreign country: They do things differently there.'

What a great opening line and it belongs to the novel which this is adapted from. It got me immediately hooked.

What also helped was an astonishing performance from actor Jack Hollington who played Leo.

The film starts with Leo as an old man (Jim Broadbent) going back to revisit the summer of 1900 which had a profound effect on his life.

As a 12 year old boy he went to stay with a well to do school friend Marcus and his family, it becomes apparent that Leo is from a more modest background and has to adjust to a society of privilege and wealth.

Leo is struck by the beautiful Marian who is due to be engaged to Viscount Trimingham (Stephen Campbell Moore) and therefore set herself up for life. However he has been disfigured in the Boer War and Marian has been having a passionate affair with tenant farmer Ted Burgess (Ben Batt smoldering like a younger Rufus Sewell for all his worth.)

Leo is used by Marian and Ted as a go-between carrying secret messages between the two, yet he also used to convey messages between Trimingham and Marian.

Leo realises even at his tender age that the affair between lowly Ted and Marian is doomed and also he has been used by Marian. Her kind acts to get new clothes for him had ulterior motives.

It was a fast moving adaptation, very much cut down from all the flab. It kept the class divisions subdued, even Trimingham a war veteran aims to have cordial relations with his tenants in the estate but definitely wants to win the cricket match against his farmers.

Lesley Manville gives an icy performance as Mrs Maudsley, Marion's mother who suspects what she has been up to but hell bent on her marrying Trimingham. Even Trimingham suspects she is not entirely his hence why he would like Ted to join the army.

I have not seen the 1971 film version but I guess seeing Julie Christie and Alan Bates together again would probably had taken my mind back to their earlier pairing in Far from the Madding Crowd which kind of has a few superficial similar plot elements.

There is a coda at the end as the older Leo encounters the older Marion (Vanessa Redgrave) which rounds off the story. Leo however is still haunted by the past.

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