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The Buttercup Chain (1970)

Born to twin sisters on the same day in London, France and Margaret are more like brother and sister than cousins. The close relationship between the cousins is suspended when Margaret is ... See full summary »

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Peter Draper (screenplay), Janice Elliott (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Hywel Bennett ... France
Leigh Taylor-Young ... Manny
Jane Asher ... Margaret
Sven-Bertil Taube ... Fred
Clive Revill ... George
Roy Dotrice ... Martin Carr-Gibbons
Michael Elphick ... The Driver
Jonathan Burn ... Alberto
Yutte Stensgaard ... Ullah
Susan Baker Susan Baker ... Kate
Jennifer Baker Jennifer Baker ... Ursula
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Born to twin sisters on the same day in London, France and Margaret are more like brother and sister than cousins. The close relationship between the cousins is suspended when Margaret is sent abroad for schooling. Now a young woman, Margaret returns to London and resumes her intimate connection with France. Fearing that their relationship could become incestuous, France decides that he and Margaret should take lovers, and chooses Fred, a Swedish architectural student, to be his cousin's lover. For his mistress, France picks Manny, an American who has had many lovers. The foursome spends a romantic summer interlude at an estate in Spain, where Margaret beds Fred while France takes Manny. Once back in London, however, Manny senses that France is in love with Margaret and begins to suspect that he is using both Manny and Fred to suppress his own feelings. To spare the unsuspecting Fred, Manny seduces him. Upon discovering that she is pregnant, Manny is uncertain about the paternity of ... Written by alfiehitchie

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And they all lived happily ever after, whenever possible. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Ciranda do Amor Imperfeito See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This was considered a major prestige counterculture movie for Columbia, and their first choice for director was the young Michael Reeves, hot from the success of his horror pic, Witchfinder General (1968). See more »

Soundtracks

The Picnic Theme
by Pat Ryan, Jacky Taylor and John A. Coleman (as John Coleman)
Arranged and conducted by John A. Coleman as (John Coleman)
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Ho hum
27 August 2002 | by unratedSee all my reviews

Basically a soap opera about a quartet of spoiled rich kids running all over Europe. They fall in and out of love with each other...stuff like that. Some OK scenes, and it's competently made, but overall it's not very interesting. I saw it recently, but I can't say much more because it's already fading from my mind. A little-known movie that should probably stay that way.


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