Inadmissible Evidence


1h 36m 1968

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1968
Premiere Information
New York opening: 23 Jun 1968
Production Company
Woodfall Films
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures
Country
United Kingdom
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Inadmissible Evidence by John Osborne (London, 9 Sep 1964).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 36m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Synopsis

Bill Maitland, a middle-aged London barrister, feels contempt for his mediocre life and irritation at the seeming vacuity of the people who surround him. At home he suffers the indifference of his daughter Jane and the conventionality of his son Peter. The coldness of his wife, Anna, drives him to, among other women, his mistress, Liz Eaves, who fights a losing battle against Maitland's self-torment. At the office he is taunted for his inefficiency by his co-workers, who dislike him, and for his emotional sterility by his secretary, Shirley, with whom he has had an affair. One day everything explodes at once: his wife nags him about his promiscuity, fellow attorney Hudson scorns his offer of a junior partnership, Shirley bitterly announces that she is pregnant and resigns, and Liz refuses to be neglected simply because his daughter is having a birthday party. Shackled by indecision and his own feeling of worthlessness, he becomes useless to his clients, who include Mrs. Garnsey, a distressed woman seeking a divorce, and Maples, a homosexual arrested for public indecency. Feeling increasingly trapped, Maitland leaves work and wanders through the streets of Soho. When he returns to the office, he seeks sexual solace with Joy, his mini-skirted receptionist; but they are interrupted by the unexpected arrival of his wife. Dinner with shallow friends, arguments with both his wife and mistress, and a failure to communicate with his daughter make him even more depressed. After telephoning his wife and telling her not to see him again, he smashes his office window and walks into the empty London streets.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1968
Premiere Information
New York opening: 23 Jun 1968
Production Company
Woodfall Films
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures
Country
United Kingdom
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Inadmissible Evidence by John Osborne (London, 9 Sep 1964).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 36m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Released in Great Britain in May 1969. Nicol Williamson sings two songs in the film: "Room 504," a pre-World War II British song, and "Moonlight Becomes You."

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Summer June 1968

Released in United States Summer June 1968