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22 April 1970 (USA) See more »
Controversial tragicomedy about a brother's obsessive love for his sister. Having left her husband, Hilary moves in with her unbalanced brother, Pink, who uses wit and humor to hide his amorous yearnings. | Add synopsis »
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Peter O'Toole ... Sir Charles Ferguson

Susannah York ... Hilary Dow

Michael Craig ... Douglas Dow

Harry Andrews ... Brig. Crieff

Cyril Cusack ... Dr. Maitland

Judy Cornwell ... Rosie

Brian Blessed ... Jack Baird

Robert Urquhart ... Auctioneer
Mark Malicz ... Benny-the-Pole

Jean Anderson ... Matron
Lennox Milne ... Miss Mailer
Helena Gloag ... Auntie Belle
Marjorie Dalziel ... Bank Lizzie
Marjorie Christie ... Bun Mackenzie
Rona Newton-John ... Miss Scott
Roy Boutcher ... James McLachlan Forbes
Peter Reeves ... Smart Alec
Paul Farrell ... Alex-the-Gillie
Helen Norman ... Cook
Bernadette Gallagher ... Ina
Maura Keeley ... Ina's Mother

John Kelly ... Ina's Father
Claire Mullan ... Second Barmaid (as Clare Mullen)

Alex McAvoy ... Andrew
John McLloy ... Slim Farmer (as John Molloy)
Geoffrey Golden ... Bearded Farmer
John Shedden ... Ginger-Haired Farmer
Harry Jones ... Wee Farmer

Mary Larkin ... Hilary's Friend
Eamon Keane ... Fred-who-is-Bob

Frances de la Tour ... District Nurse
Patrick Gardiner ... Ambulance Driver
Desmond Perry ... Mental Health Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ewan Roberts ... Committee Member
Iain Agnew ... (uncredited)

Directed by
J. Lee Thompson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
James Kennaway  novel "Household Ghosts"
James Kennaway  play
James Kennaway  screenplay

Produced by
Robert Emmett Ginna .... producer
Denis Johnson .... associate producer
Original Music by
John Addison 
Cinematography by
Ted Moore 
Film Editing by
Willy Kemplen 
Casting by
Maude Spector 
Art Direction by
Maurice Fowler 
Costume Design by
Yvonne Blake 
Makeup Department
Bill Lodge .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Terence A. Clegg .... unit manager
Bernard Williams .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jake Wright .... assistant director
Art Department
Dick Frift .... construction manager
Kenneth Jones .... assistant art director
John Jarvis .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jim Groom .... sound editor
Gerry Humphreys .... dubbing mixer
Simon Kaye .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
George Boner .... best boy
Michael Browne .... gaffer
Bob Kindred .... camera operator
Derek Suter .... electrician
Mike Roberts .... focus puller (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Betty Adamson .... wardrobe supervisor
Music Department
Bobby Wishart .... music arranger: Scottish dances
Other crew
Maurice Binder .... title designer
Kay Mander .... continuity
Maude Onslow .... hairdressing supervisor
Loretta Ordewer .... production secretary
Peter Perkins .... assistant to producer
Ewan Roberts .... dialogue director
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Brotherly Love" - USA
"Falusi tánc" - Hungary
"Fergusonowie" - Poland (imdb display title)
"Jogo na Escuridão" - Portugal (imdb display title)
"Lo strano triangolo" - Italy
"No todo amor es hermoso" - Spain
"O amartolos" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Paixões Proibidas" - Brazil (imdb display title)
"Pensionatet Frid och Lycka" - Sweden (imdb display title)
"Un extraño amor" - Uruguay (original subtitled version)
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UK:112 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Australia:SOA (original rating) | UK:X | USA:R (certificate #22233)
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Although set in the UK, this was filmed in Enniskerry, Ireland, a few miles from Ardmore Film Studios.See more »
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8 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
"Another gut wrecking emotional cleansing of the Blue Devils of the Soul", 28 August 2005
Author: victorsargeant from United States BOULDER COUNTY COLORADO

After all these years, of Peter O'Tool's brilliant, costly giving of his Soul, film after film, at last, Hollywood tosses him an Oscar recently.

Country Dance showed up one night late, and of course, blew me out of my complainant niche in my alleged "Life". How does he do it?

York again also is brilliant in this kind of play. Both psychological battleships loaded for bear....

Bravo to author, director, cast, and camera crew. No wonder the Nazi's lost to these Irish, Scot, English blends....brutal honesty hurts...back in the 70's, when I personally believed "honesty" was pure and absolutely vital to trust. I have modified my edgy extremes, and will settle for more human, warm flaws within myself and others.

Forgiveness allows humanity to have a reverse gear, and allows us to fix our own bull headed egos and erotic mistakes....

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