GenreDrama AwardsSilver Berlin Bear WriterHarold Pinter (play) LanguageEnglish
Release dateJune 1963 (1963-06) CastAlan Bates (Mick), Donald Pleasence (Mac Davies / Bernard Jenkins), Robert Shaw (Aston), Harold Pinter (Man) Similar moviesThe Most Dangerous Woman Alive, Live Wire: Human Time Bomb, Snake Island, Sexual Chronicles of a French Family, Class of 1984, Django Unchained
The Caretaker (also known as The Guest ) is a 1963 British drama film directed by Clive Donner and based on the Harold Pinter play of the same name. It was entered into the 13th Berlin International Film Festival where it won the Silver Bear Extraordinary Jury Prize.
The film was made by a partnership of six people, none of whom took payment: Clive Donner, Alan Bates, Robert Shaw, Harold Pinter and Michael Birkett.
No distributor expressed interest in funding the film, which meant it was unable to attract investment from the National Film Finance Corporation, because it was unable to give money to projects without a reasonable chance of a commercial screening. The budget was eventually raised with the support of a consortium, which included such figures as Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Noël Coward and Peter Sellers, each member giving £1,000.
The film was unable to obtain a release in London until it first screened in New York. According to Janet Moat, "the film is striking. Donner deploys a non-musical soundtrack, close-ups and two-shots to unsettling and menacing effect."