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Lolita (1962)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  12 June 1962 (USA)
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A middle-aged college professor becomes infatuated with a fourteen-year-old nymphet.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Gary Cockrell ...
Richard T. Schiller
Jerry Stovin ...
John Farlow
Diana Decker ...
Jean Farlow
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Nurse Mary Lore
Cec Linder ...
Physician
Bill Greene ...
George Swine
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Mrs. Starch
Marianne Stone ...
Vivian Darkbloom
Marion Mathie ...
Miss Lebone
James Dyrenforth ...
Frederick Beale Sr.
Maxine Holden ...
Miss Fromkiss
John Harrison ...
Tom
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Storyline

Humbert Humbert, a divorced British professor of French literature, travels to small-town America for a teaching position. He allows himself to be swept into a relationship with Charlotte Haze, his widowed and sexually famished landlady, whom he marries in order that he might pursue the woman's 14-year-old flirtatious daughter, Lolita, with whom he has fallen hopelessly in love, but whose affections shall be thwarted by a devious trickster named Clare Quilty. Written by filmfactsman

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professor | nymphet | love | landlady | college | See more »

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How did they ever make a movie of Lolita?

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Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

12 June 1962 (USA)  »

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Stanley Kubrick's Lolita  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Errol Flynn was considered for Humbert Humbert, but died before the film was made. See more »

Goofs

When Humbert comes through the door in the beginning of the movie, he walks by a painting in the hall. Some moments later he is shot through the same painting on the stair case. When Quilty is first shot in the leg, a covered chair is visible at the top of the stairs, it isn't until Humbert reloads and Quilty makes it to the top of the stairs that we see the painting that he hides behind before being shot. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Humbert Humbert: Quilty! Quilty?
Clare Quilty: Ah, wha? Who's there?
Humbert Humbert: Are you Quilty.
Clare Quilty: No, I'm... Spartacus. You come to free the slaves or sumpn?
Humbert Humbert: Are you Quilty?
Clare Quilty: Yeah, yeah, I'm Quilty, yeah, sure.
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Crazy Credits

The credits are played over footage of Lolita's toenails being painted. See more »

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Referenced in Lost in Translation (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Polonaise in A major, Op. 40, No. 1
(uncredited)
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Played by Quilty on the piano during the film's opening scene.
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Brilliant--not really the book--but still brilliant
10 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

What a surreal, dreamlike world Stanley Kubrick creates with this intriguing film! The book, a recognized 20th century classic, is at times disturbing, hysterically funny, uncomfortably erotic, and heartbreakingly sad. The film, made in the 60s, captures many of the same feelings generated by the book--but the censorship

of the time could only allow Kubrick to suggest the more intimate and erotic

aspects of the book--which he slyly succeeds in doing. It is hard to believe now, but when this film was released, it was considered to be unbelievably

provacative and absolutely for adults only.

The movie becomes its own artistic statement---Kubrick doesn't merely try to

recreate the scenes and storyline of the book--although much of it is there--but he uses the period music, speech, clothes and mannerisms to create his own

imaginative and fascinating world. At the same time, we sure do end up caring about the characters. Within the exceptional cast, note the special performance Shelly Winters gives--her character is at once funny and so achingly sad and

pathetic. This is a real tour-de-force of acting. In several instances we go from laughing at her to really disliking her, to feeling so very sorry for her. She creates a truly memorable character.'

The film ranks right up there with all of the spectacfular films Kubrick made during his amazing and very singular career---each of his films was so

distinctive--and Lolita is one of the most distinctive of them all.


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