Anyway, it's true that the leading character has an older brother with Down's Syndrome in an institution. And it's also true that this fact gave the mother of the boys a sort of panicked neuroses that may have led to mental imbalance in the younger brother. That's it. It's not exploitative of the subject (the brother's face is never even shown.) Is it in poor taste to have the leading character feign mental illness in order to get his way? Probably. But the character isn't concerned with any such thing as taste! And, trust me, in the fifty years since this movie came out, viewers will likely be more put off by the casual sexism, misogyny and racism that some characters display. However, I am capable, and I suspect you are too, of knowing that a movie which features people like that doesn't mean that the movie itself endorses them! They are characters, with warts and all, just like people. But enough about all that.
|Mills about to enter a "not-apparent trap!"|
Upstairs, Bennett takes a long look in the mirror and begins to undress.
|"Were you looking at my bum?"|
|"I can see your crack!"|
|For a busy landlady, Whitelaw sports a rather elaborate 'do!|
|Contemporary viewers often remark on Bennett's "unimpressive" body, but I found it appealing enough, if pale. Today's actors need six-pack abs to get a job, but - regardless- I find most of them far less captivating to watch than Bennett.|
|Bennett provides great crazy face throughout.|
|"Where's Wacko?" Look closely...|
The Adventurers, 1970.) They are dancing around the living room to Brown's phonograph while Bennett looks on with increasing disgust.
|"Face it, luv. You've got an itch that needs scratching..."|
|"I'll Saw What You Did?"|
|...an inspiration for Mike Myers as Austin Powers?|
The Three Musketeers (1973), but continued acting up until 2009 (a late-career highlight being The Pianist, 2002.) He died in 2016 of heart failure at eighty-nine.
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