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Teddy is a philosophy professor living in California with his wife Ruth. Teddy, after much contemplation decides it is time to visit his homeland England. He has been estranged from his family for nine years but his father's health has been failing due to old age and senility. His family has never met Ruth and his children and he wants to reconcile with his father and brothers.

Teddy's father Max is desperately trying to hold on to his senses, and tries to hide his confusion. Max's younger brother Sam lives in the house as well as Max's two sons. Lenny is a pimp and a hustler who constantly berates his father; Joey is not very bright, after years of boxing and being on the losing end of most of his matches, is still trying for that one elusive win.

Teddy's Uncle Sam loves to irritate Max. and teases him about Max's late wife, insinuating that Sam and her might have had an affair . Max constantly curses his late wife, but at times he remembers her fondly. Max berates his sons and his brother in an attempt to have control over them. The four are constantly at odds with each other.

When Teddy, Ruth and their children arrive, the atmosphere changes dramatically. Ruth becomes the object of the men's desire. Sexual innuendos, tension between the men, all start vying for her attentions.

Teddy is appalled as he notices that Ruth has changed for the worst. She is enjoying the sexual advances and it makes her feel desirable. She starts having affairs with the men. Teddy soon realizes who she really is and not the professor's wife he thought she was. Ruth stays on with the men in the house, they are at her beck and call. Teddy takes his children and returns to California. This film is an adaptation of a play written by Harold Pinter.

PG
| 1973 | 1 hr 51 min | 7.1/10
Cast
Paul Rogers, Ian Holm, Cyril Cusack, Terence Rigby
Studio
The American Film Theatre
Director
Peter Hall
Language
English
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