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Women in Love (1969)

Two best friends fall in love with a pair of women, but the relationships soon go in very different directions.

Director:

Ken Russell

Writers:

D.H. Lawrence (novel), Larry Kramer (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Bates ... Rupert Birkin
Oliver Reed ... Gerald Crich
Glenda Jackson ... Gudrun Brangwen
Jennie Linden ... Ursula Brangwen
Eleanor Bron ... Hermione Roddice
Alan Webb Alan Webb ... Thomas Crich
Vladek Sheybal ... Loerke
Catherine Willmer Catherine Willmer ... Mrs. Crich
Phoebe Nicholls ... Winifred Crich (as Sarah Nicholls)
Sharon Gurney ... Laura Crich
Christopher Gable Christopher Gable ... Tibby Lupton
Michael Gough ... Mr. Brangwen
Norma Shebbeare Norma Shebbeare ... Mrs. Brangwen
Nike Arrighi Nike Arrighi ... Contessa
James Laurenson ... Minister
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Storyline

The battle of the sexes and relationships among the elite of Britain's industrial Midlands in the 1920s. Gerald Crich and Rupert Berkin are best friends who fall in love with a pair of sisters Gudrun, a sculptress and Ursula Brangwen, a schoolteacher. Rupert marries Ursula, Gerald begins a love affair with Gudrun, and the foursome embarks upon a Swiss honeymoon. But the relationships take markedly different directions, as Russell explores the nature of commitment and love. Rupert and Ursula learn to give themselves to each other. The more withdrawn Gerald cannot, finally, connect with the demanding and challenging Gudrun. Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines:

The relationship between four sensual people is limited: They must find a new way.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

25 March 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,600,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Brandywine Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.75: 1
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Trivia

Part of a late 1960s cycle of theatrical movie adaptations of stories by D.H. Lawrence. The others being The Fox (1967) and The Virgin and the Gypsy (1970). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Hermione Roddice: Immortality of the soul? More appropriate for an execution, I should have thought, than for a wedding.
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Soundtracks

I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles
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Written by John W. Kellette (as John William Kellette), James Brockman, Nat Vincent and James Kendis
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Habit Forming
6 February 2004 | by glgioiaSee all my reviews

Adaptation of the D.H. Lawrence classic concening the loves of two 'modern' sisters in Yorkshire during the 1920s.

At first glance this film is rather hard to take in. The story is difficult to follow and at times, barely visible. Almost as if its asumed we are all so familiar with the book, that a strict narrative is unnecessary. You are likely to finish watching and ask yourself wtf? The acting is rather remarkable however and Ken Russell puts up the usual visual wonderland, so its easily rewatched. As I did, I realized the plot isn't whats important to this film at all. I'm sure the book too leaves that very same impression. You are meant more to study the characters, listen to their musings, and if possible relate to them, rather than follow a traditional storyline with a beginning middle and end. Art imititating life for a change. A different sort of experience, sensually cerebral, if thats possible, but well made and worth a look. Jackson, Bates and Reed, three would be hams, each giving understated and marvelous performances.


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