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Sons and Lovers (1960)

Not Rated | | Drama | 22 July 1960 (West Germany)
In the early twentieth century, an artistically talented young man living in an English coal mining town is inhibited by his domineering and emotionally manipulative mother.

Director:

Jack Cardiff

Writers:

Gavin Lambert (screenplay), T.E.B. Clarke (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Trevor Howard ... Walter Morel
Dean Stockwell ... Paul Morel
Wendy Hiller ... Mrs. Morel
Mary Ure ... Clara Dawes
Heather Sears ... Miriam
William Lucas ... William Morel
Conrad Phillips ... Baxter Dawes
Ernest Thesiger ... Mr. Hadlock
Donald Pleasence ... Pappleworth
Rosalie Crutchley ... Mrs. Leivers
Sean Barrett Sean Barrett ... Arthur Morel
Elizabeth Begley Elizabeth Begley ... Mrs. Radford
Edna Morris Edna Morris ... Mrs. Anthony
Ruth Kettlewell Ruth Kettlewell ... Mrs. Bonner
Anne Sheppard Anne Sheppard ... Rose
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Storyline

Jack Cardiff received a 1960 Oscar Nomination as Best Director for this lush, engaging film starring Trevor Howard, Dean Stockwell and Donald Pleasence, which was adapted from D.H. Lawrence's classic novel. A young man with artistic talent who lives in a close-knit, English coal-mining town during the early 20th Century finds himself inhibited by his emotionally manipulative, domineering mother. Written by Anonymous

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You'll never forget the young lovers in... See more »

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Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1960 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Sons and Lovers See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Jerry Wald Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Jerry Wald never went to England during the film's production, communicating with his director only by long letter. See more »

Quotes

Miriam: You know, my mother disapproves more and more of the books you bring. She blames you for putting ideas into my head.
Paul Morel: Does she think heaven frowns on ideas? Your mother breathes religion through her nostrils!
Miriam: Do you think that's wrong?
Paul Morel: It's not religious just to be religious! I think a crow is religious as it sails across the sky. It's showing the glory of God but it doesn't know it. God doesn't know things, he is things.
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Connections

Referenced in Kate & Allie: Sons and Lovers (1985) See more »

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Only One Fellow
(uncredited)
Written by Hal Shaper
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A GREAT, FORGOTTEN FILM
26 August 2002 | by filmkrSee all my reviews

How can there be so little attention and knowledge about this film? Nominated for SEVEN academy awards including Best Picture!

I have always felt that CinemaScope was made for B&W films. Scope films look really good B&W. And to my mind the best B&W photographed movie of All Time is SONS & LOVERS. This was a prestige picture for distributor 20th Century-Fox, as indicated by the rare lack of drum roll over the Fox Logo - instead the beginning of the outstanding music score is heard. In the Chicagoland area in 1960 and again at a theatre in Okland, CA in 1976 I had the pleasure to view the film with Mag Stereo Sound. I also saw a new print in NYC sometime in the early 80's. So why has Fox let this picture set in obscurity? My only knowlege of any TV exposure was on American Movie Classics Channel (scanned only) about ten years ago. This one NEEDS to be on DVD!!!!!!!!

One last comment. if you've ever read the book, you will really appreciate the great job that was done in "adapting" the novel. The screenplay, which is SO well done, is I'd say a good 80% original material.


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