The Appointment

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The Appointment
Poster of The Appointment.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Sidney Lumet
Produced by Martin Poll
Written by James Salter
Leonviola (story)
Starring Omar Sharif
Anouk Aimée
Music by John Barry
Don Walker
Cinematography Carlo Di Palma
Edited by Thelma Connell
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • July 18, 1969 (1969-07-18) (Finland)
  • August 15, 1970 (1970-08-15) (Sweden)
Running time
115 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Appointment is a 1969 psychological drama film from director Sidney Lumet and writer James Salter, based on the story by Antonio Leonviola.

Plot synopsis[edit]

After becoming involved with the ex-fiancée of a business acquaintance, lawyer Federico Fendi (Omar Sharif) becomes consumed with suspicion that his new wife Carla (Anouk Aimée) may be moonlighting as a high-class prostitute. His attempts to entrap her lead to disaster.


Actor Role
Omar Sharif Federico Fendi
Anouk Aimée Carla
Lotte Lenya Emma Valadier
Didi Perego Nanny
Fausto Tozzi Renzo
Gigi Proietti Fabre
Paola Barbara Mother
Inna Alexeieff Old woman on train
Ennio Balbo Ugo Perino


The Appointment has three original scores. Michel Legrand composed the film's first score. That score contained only a single theme, with variations, and was ultimately rejected. A replacement score was composed by John Barry, which was used in the film's theatrical release. Barry's score also contained a single theme with variations, with the exception of select location scenes. The film had a very limited release in the United States, and when the rights were purchased for U.S. television airing by CBS, MGM re-edited the film and commissioned an entirely new score by Stu Phillips. Selections from all three scores were finally released on CD in 2003 by Film Score Monthly.

Awards and nominations[edit]

The Appointment was nominated for the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) at the 1969 Cannes Film Festival.[1] The prize was instead awarded to the British black comedy If.... (1968).

Cultural references[edit]

The film was featured in Lionpower (1967), a 27-minute promotional film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, showing highlights of the studio's upcoming releases.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Appointment". Retrieved 2009-04-04. 

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