The Birthday Party [DVD] [1968]

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Special Features

  • Interview with director William Friedkin
  • Trailer gallery


The Birthday Party
Harold Pinter's theatrical piece The Birthday Party was committed to celluloid in 1968 by future Exorcist director William Friedkin. Robert Shaw plays a boarder in a sleazy British seaside-resort rooming house. The landlady (Dandy Nichols) holds a cheerless birthday party for Shaw, which is invaded by a couple of shady characters named Goldberg (Sidney Tafler) and McCann (Patrick Magee). No one knows why they're there except for Shaw, who after being repeatedly humiliated by the despicable duo is taken away by them to parts unknown. The Birthday Party ends with 30 seconds of a totally blank screen. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Robert Shaw
    Robert Shaw - Stanley Weber
  • Patrick Magee
    Patrick Magee - Shamus McCann
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    Dandy Nichols - Meg Bowles
  • Sydney Tafler
    Sydney Tafler - Nat Goldberg
  • Moultrie Kelsall
    Moultrie Kelsall - Petey Bowles
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