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Lolita (1962)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | September 1962 (UK)
A middle-aged college professor becomes infatuated with a fourteen-year-old nymphet.



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


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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Crime | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

September 1962 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Лолита  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sue Lyon was chosen for the title role partly due to the size of her breasts. Stanley Kubrick had been warned that the censors felt strongly about the use of a less developed actress to portray the sexually active 14-year-old. See more »


When Humbert watches Lolita speaking to the man in the strange car in the service station, he is in a restroom looking out a window. Yet in the frame preceding this scene, when they pull into the service station, there is no room with windows on that side of the station from which Humbert can watch Lolita--it's the service bay, open wall for cars to drive in and out. See more »


[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 »


Spoofed in Molina (1996) See more »


Learnin' the Blues
By Dolores Vicki Silvers
[Plays in the hotel lobby]
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A Masterwork of Translation
8 March 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A significant part of Stanley Kubrick's genius was his ability to translate a literary style into a visual one. It is demonstrated nowhere more brilliantly than in LOLITA and A CLOCKWORK ORANGE.

LOLITA is perhaps the more stunning accomplishment, in that Nabokov's style is complex and multi-layered. Yet Kubrick captures the effect of it in camera angles and movements, in timing and point of view.

The broadest layer of Nabokov's novel, the parable of the aging culture of Europe trying to revivify itself by debauching the seductive young culture of America, is really missing in the film. But everything else is there, despite the fact that the film departs from the exact events of the novel.

Not to say that the film depends on the novel. It stands by itself quite easily. But it succeeds brilliantly in conveying the ideas and feelings that are the core of the novel, and it does so in completely cinematic terms. If films are to be based on works of literature, this is the way to do it, and the way it is almost never done.

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