The Homecoming

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Released 1973

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The Homecoming

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Director:
Sir Peter Hall
Released:
1973
Rating:
PG
The Homecoming is a harsh character study about a man who returns to visit his estranged family with his wife. In a very drab and unimpressive London flat, Max (Paul Rogers), Lenny (Ian Holm), Sam (Cyril Cusack), and Joey (Terence Rigby) live out their own twisted interpretation of family life. A perennial washout, Max and his chauffeur brother Lenny compete for the title of wasted life, while Max's sons Sam, a sleazy pimp, and Joey, a garish boxer, are looking to overtake the lead. In this home, the insults fly as often as words are spoken, with endearing words scarce to say the least. So when Max's third son Teddy (Michael Jayston) returns after being away for nine years with his wife Ruth (Vivien Merchant), the same "loving" atmosphere permeates exactly as it has, with all the boys immediately taking aim at Teddy's better half. But Ruth is totally unfazed by the brash banter between the boys, and in fact joins right in, keeping up with the verbal jabs and mud slinging. Teddy's introduction of Ruth starts shaky and gets shakier, but with this band of misfits, anything can happen. Peter Hall directs this charmingly awkward film, an adaptation of the play by Harold Pinter.moreless

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