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Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)

R | | Drama | 8 September 1971 (USA)
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Divorced working woman Alex and well-to-do Jewish family doctor Daniel Hirsh share not only the same answering service but also the favours of young Bob Elkin who bed-hops between them as ... See full summary »

Director:

John Schlesinger

Writer:

Penelope Gilliatt (screenplay)
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Finch ... Daniel Hirsh
Glenda Jackson ... Alex Greville
Murray Head ... Bob Elkin
Peggy Ashcroft ... Mrs. Greville
Tony Britton Tony Britton ... Mr. Harding
Maurice Denham ... Mr. Greville
Bessie Love ... Answering Service Lady
Vivian Pickles ... Alva Hodson
Frank Windsor ... Bill Hodson
Thomas Baptiste ... Prof. Johns
Richard Pearson ... Patient
June Brown June Brown ... Woman Patient
Hannah Norbert Hannah Norbert ... Daniel's Mother
Harold Goldblatt Harold Goldblatt ... Daniel's Father
Marie Burke ... Aunt Astrid
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Divorced working woman Alex and well-to-do Jewish family doctor Daniel Hirsh share not only the same answering service but also the favours of young Bob Elkin who bed-hops between them as the mood takes him. Both Alex and Dr Hirsh are aware of the other's existence but prefer to live with the situation rather than risk losing Elkin completely. But a wet winter weekend in London can be difficult. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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It's about three decent people. They will break your heart.

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Italian | Hebrew | French

Release Date:

8 September 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bloody Sunday See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

A number of scenes that had been filmed with Ian Bannen were not re-shot. Some performers listed on cast breakdown (kept by BFI special Collections) were not rehired to film their roles with Peter Finch. See more »

Quotes

Bob: Don't come to me like a possessive wife!
Alex: Well, I wouldn't if you hadn't left me with five children and a dog!
Bob: Look, I know you feel you're not getting enough of me, but you're getting all there is.
Alex: Well, you're spreading yourself a little thin, aren't you?
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Referenced in Beyond Therapy (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Here We Go Loopty Loo
(uncredited)
Children's song
[Played on the phonograph during the montage of Alex and Bob playing with the Hodson children.]
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The most adult love story I know.
27 December 2004 | by poets-1See all my reviews

When I saw this film in 1971, I was too young to understand the basic human compassion that Schlesinger and Gilliat were examining when they collaborated on the film.

Having just watched the DVD again, I am truly stunned at how relevant the film has remained. I have never seen anything like it: Glenda Jackson struggles with her own fears of selfishly needing Murray Head; Peter Finch struggles with trying NOT to need/have expectations of him, all the while forgiving Murray Head for never being able to be needed or to meet his expectations.

It is the most adult love story I know.


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