The Birthday Party (1968)

Director
William Friedkin

Main cast
Robert Shaw; Patrick Magee; Dandy Nichols; Sydney Tafler; Moultrie Kelsall

Genres
Thriller, Drama, Mystery

Description
Based on Harold Pinter's enigmatic play about a border in a British seaside dwelling who is visited by two strangers. They torment him verbally, ask him idiotic unanswerable questions, force him to sit down and stand up, and give him a "party." Then, eventually, they take him away, a tongue-tied idiot. The trivial becomes the terrible, and with it a certain wonder, a certain pity.


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