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The Hireling (1973)





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Based on the novel by L. P. Hartley, The Hireling is a dissection of antiquated but hardly dormant British class distinctions. Chauffeur Robert Shaw is in the employ of aristocratic widow Sarah Miles. When she suffers a nervous breakdown, Shaw helps her through her recovery. They grow to love each other during the convalescence; but when she is cured, Ms. Miles refuses to regard Shaw as an equal, and the original status quo is reinstated. The Hireling provides an interesting contrast to the similarly structured American film of 1991, Driving Miss Daisy. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Robert Shaw
as Ledbetter
Sarah Miles
as Lady Franklin
Peter Egan
as Cantrip
Patricia Lawrence
as Mrs. Hansen
Ian Hogg
as Davis
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[The Hireling is] a beautifully conceived and executed film, immaculate in its every detail and marked by brilliant performances that are, glowingly, a part of the whole.

June 28, 2020 | Full Review…

The Hireling is one of those minor gems of an English film, in a class with The Go-Between if not quite equal to it.

November 19, 2018 | Full Review…

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