Accident (1967)


Accident (1966)

Budget (GBP) 299,970
Distribution Company

London Independent Producers   (Distributor | Est. 1951)

Release Date 9 February 1967
Black and White No
Regional Release Yes
Release Notes UK 6 February 1967 (London);
USA 17 April 1967 (New York City, New York);
France 5 May 1967 (Cannes Film Festival);
France 7 June 1967;
Denmark 22 June 1967;
Finland 11 August 1967;
Belgium 22 September 1967 (Gent);
Ireland 22 September 1967;
Italy 19 October 1967;
Portugal 24 October 1967;
Spain 30 October 1967 (Madrid);
Sweden 30 October 1967;
Spain 31 October 1967 (Barcelona);
Czechoslovakia 18 April 1969;
West Germany 30 May 1969;
Japan 2 August 1969;
Austria September 1969.

Mexico 12 November 1970.
Greece 19 October 2006 (Panorama of European Cinema).
France 18 April 2007 (re-release).
France 16 May 2009 (Cannes Film Festival).
USA 23 May 2014 (re-release) (New York City, New York).
Description Late one night, Stephen, an Oxford philosophy don, hears a car accident outside his house. He discovers the occupants of the car are two of his students, aristocrat William and William's fiancée, Anna. William is dead, but Anna is well enough to be led back to the house. Stephen phones the police but finds that Anna has slipped upstairs before the police arrive. He tells the police about the accident but does not mention that Anna was in the car. After they have left, he goes upstairs, and, while watching Anna asleep, recalls the events that led up to the accident. Pinter adapted the screenplay of the novel Accident by Nicholas Mosley. Pinter also has a cameo in the film as the character Bell, a TV producer.
Language English

Linked Productions

No linked Production have been added to this production record yet.

Linked People

Joseph Losey (1909 - 1984)

Creative | Director

Nicholas Mosley (1923 - 2017)

Creative | Author (original novel)

Joseph Losey (1909 - 1984)

Production | Co-producer

Norman Priggen (1924 - 1999)

Production | Co-producer

John Dankworth (1927 - 2010)

Orchestrator | Music

Gerry Fisher (1926 - 2014)

Technical | Director of photography

Reginald Beck

Creative | Film Editor

Carmen Dillon (1908 - 2000)

Creative | Art Director

Beatrice Dawson

Creative | Costume Designer

Bob Lawrence

Creative | Makeup Artist

Pearl Tipaldi

Creative | Hairdresser

Geoffrey Haine

Production | Production supervisor

Richard Dalton

Creative | Assistant Director

Tony Morris

Technical | Construction manager

Alf Pegley

Technical | Chargehand props

Geoffrey Stephenson

Production | Property buyer

Alan Bell

Technical | Dubbing editor

Gerry Humphreys

Technical | Sound Recordist

Simon Kaye

Technical | Sound Recordist

Derek V. Browne

Technical | Camera operator

As Derek Browne.

Ted Reed

Technical | Still Photographer


Sue Yelland

Creative | Wardrobe Supervisor

John Marron

Creative | Musician

David Snell

Creative | Musician

David Lindup

Creative | Orchestrator


Pamela Davies

Production | Continuity

Theo Cowan

Production | Publicist


Vicki Deason

Production | Production secretary

Maureen Gregson

Production | Unit Publicist


Harold Pinter (1930 - 2008)

Creative | Screenplay

Linked Organisations

London Independent Producers (Distributor | Est. 1951)


Secretary (Accident) (Age: Not Specified, Female)

Performer: Jill Johnson

Bell (Age: Not Specified, Male)

Performer: Harold Pinter (1930 - 2008)

Man In Bell's Office (Age: Not Specified, Male)

Performer: Freddie Jones (1927 - 2019)

Second Policeman (Accident) (Age: Not Specified, Male)

Performer: Terence Rigby (1937 - 2008)

Anna (Accident) (Age: 19, Female)

Performer: Jacqueline Sassard (1940)

William (Accident) (Age: 40, Male)

Performer: Michael York (1942)

Charley (Accident) (Age: 40, Male)

Performer: Stanley Baker (1928 - 1976)

Ted (Accident) (Age: Not Specified, Male)

Caulfield appeared in the credits as Maxwell Findlater

Performer: Maxwell Caulfield (1959)

Stephen (Accident) (Age: Not Specified, Male)

Performer: Dirk Bogarde (1921 - 1999)

Clarissa (Age: Not Specified, Female)

Performer: Carole Caplin (1962)

Francesca (Age: mid thirties, Female)

Performer: Delphine Seryig (1932 - 1990)

Laura (Age: mid thirties, Female)

Performer: Ann Firbank (1933)

Provost (Age: Not Specified, Male)

Performer: Alexander Knox (1907 - 1995)

Receptionist (Accident) (Age: Not Specified, Female)

Performer: Jane Hillary

Baby (Accident) (Age: Not Specified, Male)

Performer: Steven Easton

Police Sergeant (Accident) (Age: Not Specified, Male)

Performer: Brian Phelan (1934)

Don Hedges (Accident) (Age: Not Specified, Male)

Performer: Nicholas Mosley (1923 - 2017)

Rosalind (Age: mid thirties, Female)

Performer: Vivien Merchant (1929 - 1982)

Linked Awards

National Board of Review Award


Named in the Ten Best Films of the Year List

Cannes International Film Festival Award


Won: Special Jury prize

Movie Critics of the Foreign Language Association Award


Won: Best British Film




Premio di Selezione di Sorrento Award



Grand Prix de l'Union de la Critique de Cinema (Belgium)



Linked Places

Syon House, Brentford

Location for the rough football game in Accident

The Admiral Codrington pub, Chelsea, London

Location of the restaurant in Accident. See: [Accessed 10 July 2018]

40 Bedford Square, London

The location for Francesca's house in Accident. See: [Accessed 10 July 2018]

Magdalen bridge, Oxford

Location of punting scene in Accident. See: [Accessed 10 July 2018]

St John's College, Oxford

Location for scenes in the film, Accident. See: [Accessed 10 July 2018]

Merton field, Oxford

Location of the cricket match in Accident. See: [Accessed 10 July 2018]

Parks Road, Oxford

In the film, Accident, Stephen drops Anna back at her hall early in the morning after the accident of the film's title. The scene is shot in this street, outside Rhodes House. See: [Accessed 10 July 2018]

Stephen's house (Accident)

The location of the main protagonist Stephen's house, in Accident. See: [Accessed 10 July 2018]


New York Times, 18 April 1967,p. 33; 30 April 1967, sec. 2, p. 1; 7 May 1967, sec. 2, p. 1 (Paper-based)

Type: Review

Life, 21 April 1967, p. 12 (Paper-based)

Type: Review

Time, 21 April 1967, p. 101 (Paper-based)

Type: Review

Nation, 15 May 1967, p. 638 (Paper-based)

Type: Review

Esquire, June 1967, p. 110-11 (Paper-based)

Type: Review

Vogue, June 1967 p. 77 (Paper-based)

Type: Review

Christian Century, 7 June 1967, p. 754-55 (Paper-based)

Type: Review

Accident Trailer, 1967 (URL)

Type: Trailer

External Link:

Original trailer

Manuscript drafts, Harold Pinter Archive, British Library (URL)

Type: Archival holding

External Link:

Add MS 88880/2/1-2

BFI Filmography statistics page for Joseph Losey's Accident (URL)

Type: Website

External Link:

Correspondence with Harold Pinter concerning Accident, Harold Pinter Archive, British Library (URL)

Type: Archival holding

External Link:

Add MS 88880/6/26

Hollis Alpert, 'Where It's Happening', Saturday Review, 29 April 1967, p. 47 (URL)

Type: Review

External Link:

Gerry Fisher, 'The Current Cinema, "Inside the Redoubt"', The New Yorker, 22 April 1967, p. 150-51 (Paper-based)

Type: Review

Robert Kotlowitz, 'Four Films from Europe', Harper's Magazine, June 1967, p. 110-11 (Paper-based)

Type: Review

External Link:

Can be accessed digitally with a subscription.


Sharp Cut: Harold Pinter's Screenplays and the Artistic Process

Steven H. Gale, Harold Pinter's Screenplays and the Artistic Process (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2003)

Academic book

Contains chapters on each of Harold Pinter's filmed screenplays and includes a bibliography of reviews of films up to 1999.

In search of the locations for Joseph Losey’s Accident


A BFI online article exploring the locations used in Accident.

Edith de Rham's biography of Joseph Losey

Edith de Rham, Joseph Losey (London: Andre Deutsch, 1991)




Accessed 7 June 2018

BFI Screenonline


Accessed 30 November 2018