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D.H. Lawrence (novel)
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Release Date:
25 March 1970 (USA) See more »
The relationship between four sensual people is limited: They must find a new way.
Two best friends fall in love with a pair of women, but the relationships soon go in very different directions. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Alan Bates ... Rupert Birkin

Oliver Reed ... Gerald Crich

Glenda Jackson ... Gudrun Brangwen

Jennie Linden ... Ursula Brangwen

Eleanor Bron ... Hermione Roddice
Alan Webb ... Thomas Crich

Vladek Sheybal ... Loerke
Catherine Willmer ... Mrs. Crich

Phoebe Nicholls ... Winifred Crich (as Sarah Nicholls)

Sharon Gurney ... Laura Crich
Christopher Gable ... Tibby Lupton

Michael Gough ... Mr. Brangwen
Norma Shebbeare ... Mrs. Brangwen
Nike Arrighi ... Contessa

James Laurenson ... Minister
Michael Graham Cox ... Palmer

Richard Heffer ... Loerke's Friend
Michael Garratt ... Maestro
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leslie Anderson ... Barber (uncredited)
Christopher Ferguson ... Basis Crich (uncredited)
Richard Fitzgerald ... Salsie (uncredited)
Barrie Fletcher ... Miner (uncredited)
Brian Osborne ... Miner (uncredited)
Alex 'Alien' Russell ... (uncredited)
Petra Siniawski ... Dancer (uncredited)
Charles Workman ... Gittens (uncredited)

Directed by
Ken Russell 
Writing credits
D.H. Lawrence (novel)

Larry Kramer (written for the screen by)

Produced by
Roy Baird .... associate producer
Larry Kramer .... producer
Martin Rosen .... co-producer
Original Music by
Georges Delerue 
Cinematography by
Billy Williams (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Michael Bradsell 
Art Direction by
Kenneth Jones  (as Ken Jones)
Costume Design by
Shirley Russell 
Makeup Department
Charles E. Parker .... makeup artist (as Charles Parker)
A.G. Scott .... hairdresser
Production Management
Neville C. Thompson .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jonathan Benson .... assistant director
Art Department
Luciana Arrighi .... set designer
George Ball .... property master
Jack Carter .... construction manager
Harry Cordwell .... set dresser
Sound Department
Maurice Askew .... dubbing mixer
Terry Rawlings .... dubbing editor
Brian Simmons .... sound recordist
Garth Marshall .... boom operator (uncredited)
Lionel Strutt .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Claydon .... assistant cameraman (as Stephen Claydon)
George Cole .... electrical supervisor
David Harcourt .... camera operator
Paul Borg .... electrician (uncredited)
David James .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Shura Cohen .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Stuart Baird .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Chris Kelly .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Lee Bolon .... location manager
Music Department
Georges Delerue .... conductor
Other crew
Angela Allen .... continuity
Harry Benn .... production controller
Tom Erhardt .... assistant to producers
Terry Gilbert .... choreographer
Larry Kramer .... presenter
Martin Rosen .... presenter
Larry Belling .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Brenda Dale .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Mujeres apasionadas" - Argentina, Mexico (imdb display title)
"Mulheres Apaixonadas" - Brazil, Portugal
"Влюбени жени" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"Влюбленные женщины" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Asik Kadinlar" - Turkey (Turkish title) (imdb display title)
"Donne in amore" - Italy
"Erotevmenes gynaikes" - Greece (imdb display title)
"Forelskede kvinner" - Norway
"Koisuru onna tachi" - Japan (imdb display title)
"Kvinner som elsker" - Norway (TV title)
"Liebende Frauen" - West Germany
"Love" - Belgium (English title) (imdb display title)
"Love" - France
"Mujeres enamoradas" - Spain
"Når kvinder elsker" - Denmark
"Nashim Ohavot" - Israel (Hebrew title)
"Rakastavaisia" - Finland
"Szerelmes asszonyok" - Hungary
"Zakochane kobiety" - Poland
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131 min
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Australia:A (original rating) | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (2004) | Ireland:18 (original rating) | Netherlands:18 (1970) | Norway:15 (TV rating) | Norway:16 (original rating) | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:18 (tv rating) | UK:15 (video re-rating) (2004) | UK:15 (SubTV) (1992) | UK:18 (video re-rating) (1988) | USA:R (certificate #21973) | West Germany:18 (original rating)

Did You Know?

Is ranked #87 on the British Film Insitute's top 100.See more »
Anachronisms: Ursula is seen toasting pre-sliced bread in front of the fire. Pre-sliced bread wasn't invented until 1928, eight years after the action.See more »
Ursula Brangwen:Yes! Yes, I am a fool. And thank God for it! I'm too big a fool to swallow your cleverness. You go to your women, your spiritual brides. Or aren't they common - fleshy enough? No. No, you're not satisfied, are you? You'd marry me for your everyday use...See more »
I'm Forever Blowing BubblesSee more »


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54 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
Time Has No Power Over Women In Love, 16 March 2005
Author: Galina from Virginia, USA

Ken Russell's adaptation of D. H. Lawrence's novel Women in Love is one of my favorite films. It explores the hearts and minds, personalities, and philosophies of four intelligent and educated young people in the beginning of 20-th century and their romantic relationships (heterosexual and homosexual, friendship, love and desire). They are played by Alan Bates, Oliver Reed, Glenda Jackson, and Jennie Linden.

Glenda Jackson who was relatively unknown at the time won her first Oscar for a magnificent performance in a most difficult role: her Gudrun is not a likable character, she is an self-centered predator, but she is honest and very interesting. I read some comments that she was not beautiful. Well, she may not have been pretty but I believe there is more than prettiness to make a woman loved, and admired otherwise a lot of women in this world would never be able to learn the feeling. Gudrun's intelligence, strong character, and self-confidence make her very attractive and desirable.

The film has many unforgettable scenes with two that stand alone after all these years. First of them is one of the most provocative and delightful sexual scenes ever filmed. It takes place during a picnic. Alan Bates dressed in a light white suite describes to the others how to eat a fig. He carefully holds it, and then pulls it open while he compares the process to a woman and looks teasingly at shy Ursula, Gudrun's sister (Jennie Linden). This little scene is as powerful as a famous wrestling scene, even though everybody who saw the film would recall the wrestling scene as a most memorable in "Women in Love".

The wrestling in the nude was Lawrence's (and Russell's ) solution to allow two men to relieve the horror and dreadfulness of the drowning tragedy that occurred shortly before. The scene takes place for long time, 5-10 minutes, with the fire from fireplace highlighting Reed's and Bate's bodies as each struggles against the other. The scene is extremely sensual but whether they engaged in sex or not we don't know…

This is a very special film that has not lost its beauty and appeal now even though it was made over 35 years ago. Extraordinarily striking and highly sensual, it is a must see for anyone truly interested in film.

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