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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Morel
Heather Sears ...
William Lucas ...
Conrad Phillips ...
Mr. Hadlock
Rosalie Crutchley ...
Sean Barrett ...
Elizabeth Begley ...
Mrs. Radford
Edna Morris ...
Ruth Kettlewell ...
Mrs. Bonner
Anne Sheppard ...


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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Release Date:

22 July 1960 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Hijos y amantes  »

Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Producer Jerry Wald never went to England during the film's production, communicating with his director only by long letter. See more »


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


from "Orpheus in the Underworld"
Music by Jacques Offenbach
Arranged by Lambert Williamson
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26 August 2002 | by (United States) – See 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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