Betrayal (1983)


Betrayal [film screenplay] (1981)

Budget (GBP) 0
Distribution Company

Twentieth Century-Fox International Classics   (Production Company | Est. Unknown)

Release Date 19 February 1983
Black and White No
Regional Release No
Release Notes USA 19 February 1983;
UK October 1983;
Australia 26 December 1983;
France 11 January 1984;
Italy 16 February 1984 (Rome) (premiere);
Italy 17 February 1984;
Finland 14 September 1984;
Belgium 29 November 1984 (Gent);
Portugal 31 October 1985;
Hungary 24 November 1988.
Description Pinter's screen adaptation of his 1977 play. One-time lovers Jerry (Jeremy Irons) and Emma (Patricia Hodge) meet in a London pub for the first time since their breakup. Emma informs Jerry that she's confessed to her husband, Robert (Ben Kingsley), about their affair. From there, in reverse chronology, they ruminate on the highs and lows of their tumultuous seven-year relationship, from their first meeting, to the eventual chilling of their romance, to their betrayal of cuckold Robert, Jerry's best friend.
Language English

Linked Productions

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

Linked People

David Jones (1934 - 2008)

Creative | Director

Harold Pinter (1930 - 2008)

Creative | Screenplay

Sam Spiegel (1901 - 1985)

Production | Producer

Dominic Muldowney (1952)

Creative | Music

Mike Fash

Creative | Cinematography

John Bloom (1935)

Creative | Film Editor

Eileen Diss (1931)

Creative | Production Designer

Jean Muir

Creative | Costume Designer

Jane Robinson

Creative | Costume Designer

Joan Carpenter

Creative | Hairstylist

George Frost

Creative | Makeup stylist

Hugh Green

Creative | Special Hairstylist

Paul Frift

Creative | Third Assistant Director

Marcia Gay

Creative | Second Assistant Director

Ted Morley

Creative | First Assistant Director

Alan Bailey

Technical | Props Master

John Godfrey

Technical | Construction manager

Rex Hobbs

Technical | Props Master

Judith Lang

Creative | Assistant Art Director

Dawn Marsden

Production | Property buyer

Keith Batten

Technical | Boom operator

Ron Butcher

Technical | Sound maintainance

Gerry Humphreys

Technical | Dubbing mixer

Rocky Phelan

Technical | Assistant dubbing editor

Don Sharpe (1929 - 2004)

Technical | Dubbing editor

Brian Simmons

Technical | Sound Mixer

Graham Attwood

Technical | Unit still photographer

John Clark

Technical | Best boy

Dennis Fraser

Technical | Camera grip

David Garfath

Technical | Camera operator

Michael Miller

Technical | Focus puller

Laurie Shane

Technical | Gaffer

Derek Suter

Technical | Assistant camera

Patrick Sharkey

Technical | Wardrobe assistant

Joyce Stoneman

Technical | Wardrobe mistress

Jeremy Hume

Technical | Assistant editor

Chris Kennedy

Technical | Second assistant editor

Terry Hodgkinson

Technical | Location manager

Mike Moran

Creative | Composer

Alan Arnold

Production | Publicist

Teresa Bolland (1917 - 1989)

Production | Production Assistant

Stanley Burridge

Production | Production accountant

Pamela Davies

Production | Continuity

Natasha Fraser

Production | Company assistant

Linked Organisations

Virgin Group (Distributor | Est. Unknown)

Horizon Pictures (GB) (Production Company | Est. Unknown)

Twentieth Century-Fox International Classics (Production Company | Est. Unknown)


Jerry (Age: 40, Male)

Jerry is 40 at the beginning of the play, and his age changes as the time period moves more or less backward from 1977 to 1968.

Performer: Jeremy Irons (1948)

Emma (Age: 38, Female)

Emma 38 at the beginning of the play, and her age changes as the time period moves more or less backward from 1977 to 1968

Performer: Patricia Hodge (1946)

Mrs Banks (Age: young, Female)

Performer: Avril Elgar (1932)

Robert (Betrayal) (Age: Not specified, Male)

Performer: Ben Kingsley (1943)

Waiter (Betrayal) (Age: Not specified, Male)

Waiter implies a man.

Performer: Ray Marioni

Charlotte (Betrayal - film) (Age: infant, Female)

Performer: Chloe Billington

Charlotte (Betrayal - film) (Age: infant, Female)

Performer: Hannah Davies

Ned (Age: infant, Male)

Performer: Michael Konig

Ned (Age: infant, Male)

Performer: Alexander McIntosh

Man in Party (Age: Not Specified, Male)

Performer: Lucien Morgan

Linked Awards

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Award


Nominated: Best Picture

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Award


Nominated: Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium


Betrayal Trailer, 1983 (URL)

Type: Trailer

External Link:

Original trailer.

Learning On Screen, complete film (subscription required) (Video)

Type: Broadcast

External Link:

Interview with Patrica Hodge, conducted by Harry Burton, 2 January 2021 (Video)

Type: Interview

External Link:

'Pinter's 'Betrayal', Vincent Canby, The New York Times, 20 February 1983 (URL)

Type: Review

External Link:


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.