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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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Additional Details

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)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Although set in the UK, this was filmed in Enniskerry, Ireland, a few miles from Ardmore Film Studios.See more »
Sir Charles Ferguson:Remember the nice things. Reared in exile by a card-cheating, scandal ruined daddy. A mummy who gave us gin for milk. Ours was such a beautifully disgusting childhood.See more »
Love Is the Sweetest ThingSee more »


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6 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Quirky..., 12 July 2006
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

This movie was a rather odd viewing experience. The movie is obviously based on a play. Now I'm sure that everything in this movie works out just fine in a play but for in a movie it just doesn't feel terribly interesting enough to watch. The movie is way too 'stagey' and they didn't even bothered to change some of the dialog to make it more fitting for a movie. Instead what is presented now is an almost literally re-filming of a stage-play, with over-the-top characters and staged dialog. Because of all this the storyline really doesn't work out and the movie becomes an almost complete bore- and obsolete viewing experience.

It takes a while before you figure out that this is a comedy you're watching. At first you think its a drama you're watching, with quirky characters in it but as the movie progresses you'll notice that the movie is more a tragicomedy, that leans really more toward the comedy genre, rather than the drama genre.

The characters and dialog are really the things that make this movie a quirky and over-the-top one that at times really become unwatchable. Sure, the actors are great; Peter O'Toole and Susannah York, amongst others but they don't really uplift the movie to a level of 'watchable enough'.

The story feels totally disorientated. Basicaly the story is about nothing and just mainly focuses on the brother/sister characters played by Peter O'Toole and Susannah York. But what exactly is the story even about? The movie feels like a pointless and obsolete one that has very little to offer. Like I said before; I'm sure the story is good and interesting to watch on stage but as a movie it really isn't fitting and simply doesn't work out.

The editing is simply dreadful and times and it becomes even laughable bad in certain sequences.

More was to expect from director J. Lee Thompson, who has obviously done far better movies than this rather failed, stage-play translated to screen, project.

Really not worth your time.


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