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Bitter Harvest (1963)

A pretty young woman will do anything to escape her deadly dull existence in the backlots of Wales. But when she reaches the bright lights of London is the price too high?

Director:

Peter Graham Scott

Writers:

Patrick Hamilton (novel), Ted Willis (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Janet Munro ... Jennie
John Stride John Stride ... Bob
Alan Badel ... Karl
Anne Cunningham Anne Cunningham ... Ella
Terence Alexander ... Andy
Richard Thorp ... Rex
Barbara Ferris ... Violet
Colin Gordon ... Charles
Francis Matthews ... Mike
William Lucas ... Mr. Medwin
Daphne Anderson ... Mrs. Medwin
Mary Merrall ... Aunt Louisa
May Hallatt ... Aunt Sarah
Norman Bird ... Mr. Pitt
Vanda Godsell ... Mrs. Pitt
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Storyline

A pretty young woman will do anything to escape her deadly dull existence in the backlots of Wales. But when she reaches the bright lights of London is the price too high?

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She lived fast...and paid the price! See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1963 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Gorka zetva See more »

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Independent Artists See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film is based on the novel 20000 Stars Under the Sky. See more »

Goofs

Bob's bedsit backs on to a main railway line, which is presumably into Paddington. However, when he returns to the house following Jennie's visit to the pub the road name Kensington Gardens Square is clearly visible. This is actually a short distance away. See more »

Connections

Remade as Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Bitter Harvest Theme
Music by Laurie Johnson (uncredited)
Played by Acker Bilk (as Mr. Acker Bilk)
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A little gem
9 September 2018 | by pdmanning-20710See all my reviews

I don't know how I've missed this little gem. The terrific lost talent of Janet Munro and a whole host of top notch actors of the time like the acerbic Thora Hird and the tender John Stride give great performances here. The story is a natural successor to the gritty black and white Bryanston kitchen sink dramas of the late 50s early 60s. It sits well too with pre swinging 60s films like Alfie. A perfect snapshot of the social and sexual mores of the time. A special mention too for the beautiful colour cinematography and the evocative London locations. I don't think you'll be disappointed


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