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Release Date:
12 June 1962 (USA) See more »
How did they ever make a movie of Lolita?
A middle-aged college professor becomes infatuated with a fourteen-year-old nymphet. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 7 nominations See more »
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One of the finest films of The Sixties See more (192 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Mason ... Prof. Humbert Humbert

Shelley Winters ... Charlotte Haze

Sue Lyon ... Lolita
Gary Cockrell ... Richard T. Schiller
Jerry Stovin ... John Farlow
Diana Decker ... Jean Farlow

Lois Maxwell ... Nurse Mary Lore
Cec Linder ... Physician
Bill Greene ... George Swine

Shirley Douglas ... Mrs. Starch
Marianne Stone ... Vivian Darkbloom
Marion Mathie ... Miss Lebone
James Dyrenforth ... Frederick Beale Sr.
Maxine Holden ... Miss Fromkiss
John Harrison ... Tom
Colin Maitland ... Charlie Sedgewick
Terry Kilburn ... Man (as Terence Kilburn)
C. Denier Warren ... Potts
Roland Brand ... Bill Crest

Peter Sellers ... Clare Quilty
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Irvin Allen ... Hospital Attendant (uncredited)
Beverly Bennett ... Friend (uncredited)

Ed Bishop ... Ambulance Attendant (uncredited)
Angela Bradley ... Friend (uncredited)
Jean Carnt ... Teenager (uncredited)
Jean Collins ... Teenager (uncredited)

Peter Cushing ... Dr. Frankenstein (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jennifer Dodd ... Dark-Haired Teenager (uncredited)
Anne Flack ... Friend (uncredited)
Susanne Gibbs ... Mona Farlow (uncredited)
Jacqueline Harris ... Teenager (uncredited)
Loraine Hart ... Cute Girl (uncredited)
Gloria Johnson ... Friend (uncredited)
Jenny Jones ... Friend (uncredited)
Lilian Keeton ... French-Spanish Girl (uncredited)
Eric Lane ... Roy (uncredited)

Christopher Lee ... Frankenstein's Creature (archive footage) (uncredited)
Isabelle Lucas ... Louise (uncredited)
Coral Morphew ... Friend (uncredited)
Jeanette Neale ... Girl (uncredited)
Maria Nicholas ... Dark Girl (uncredited)
Robert C. Overton ... Kenny Oberton (uncredited)
Sonya Petrie ... Blonde Girl (uncredited)
Jacqueline Poole ... Teenager (uncredited)
Craig Sams ... Rex (uncredited)
Roberta Shore ... Lorna (uncredited)
Marti Webb ... Friend (uncredited)
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Directed by
Stanley Kubrick 
Writing credits
Vladimir Nabokov (screenplay)

Vladimir Nabokov (novel "Lolita")

Stanley Kubrick  uncredited

Produced by
James B. Harris .... producer
Eliot Hyman .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Nelson Riddle 
Cinematography by
Oswald Morris (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Anthony Harvey 
Casting by
James Liggat 
Art Direction by
William C. Andrews  (as Bill Andrews)
Makeup Department
Betty Glasow .... hairdresser
George Partleton .... makeup artist
Stella Morris .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Raymond Anzarut .... production supervisor
Robert Sterne .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
René Dupont .... assistant director (as Rene Dupont)
Dennis Stock .... second unit director
John Danischewsky .... assistant director (uncredited)
Roy Millichip .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Syd Cain .... associate art director (as Sidney Cain)
Roy Dorman .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Peter James .... set designer (uncredited)
Andrew Low .... set designer (uncredited)
Terry Parr .... production buyer (uncredited)
Harry Phipps .... construction manager (uncredited)
John Siddall .... draughtsman (uncredited)
A.J. Van Montagu .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Frank Willson .... chief draughtsman (uncredited)
Sound Department
H.L. Bird .... sound recordist
Winston Ryder .... dubbing editor
Len Shilton .... sound recordist
Keith Batten .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Dan Grimmel .... sound maintenance (uncredited)
Michael Hickey .... sound (uncredited)
Jack Lovelace .... sound maintenance (uncredited)
Don Wortham .... boom operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Denys N. Coop .... camera operator
Joe Pearce .... still photographer (uncredited)
Mike Rutter .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Bert Stern .... publicity photographer (uncredited)
Wally Thompson .... electrical gaffer (uncredited)
Jimmy Turrell .... focus puller (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gene Coffin .... costumes: Miss Winter
Elsa Fennell .... wardrobe supervisor
Barbara Gillett .... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
Keeley 'Wyn' Ellen Winifred .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Lois Gray .... assistant editor
W.W. Armour .... assistant editor (uncredited)
John Crome .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Gil Grau .... orchestrator
Bob Harris .... composer: 'Lolita' theme
Nelson Riddle .... conductor
Other crew
Pamela Davies .... continuity
Joyce Herlihy .... assistant continuity (uncredited)
Enid Jones .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Joan Parcell .... production secretary (uncredited)
Una Pearl .... double (uncredited)
Jack Smith .... production accountant (uncredited)
Doreen Wood .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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152 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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Did You Know?

Although story takes place all across the United States, many of major sets and exteriors (hotel, hospitals, even residential streets), clearly look more like locales in England, where picture was actually shot.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: Director Stanley Kubrick. walks through very first shot (center to right bottom) of Humbert in Quilty's houseSee 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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Theme from LolitaSee more »


What was the "game" that Lolita and Humbert played?
Why would anyone name their daughter "Lolita"?
What exactly is a nymphet?
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46 out of 61 people found the following review useful.
One of the finest films of The Sixties, 14 August 2003
Author: dantbrooks from Manchester, England


Kubrik's version of Nabokov's tale of a middle-aged professor's self-destructive obsession with a young schoolgirl. Making a film that dealt with underage sex was considered impossible in 1962 due to the strict censorship regulations. Kubrik manages to get round this by merely alluding to sexual encounters and subtle wordplay and symbolism creeps into several scenes. He also raises the girl's age from 12 in the novel to 14 in the film. Lolita is also rich in Kubrik's trademark dark humour.

The three central characters of the novel are all portrayed more than adequately in the film; James Mason as the smitten professor, Shelley Winters as the suburban widow with pretensions of culture and Sue Lyons as the young nymphet. However, it is Sellars' performance as the creepy eccentric Clare Quilty (a relatively minor character in the book) that steals the show and, ultimately, makes the film. The opening scene (which is the ending of the film) is an outstanding testament to his talent and versatility. The said scene gives the film the same "circular structure" used by David Lean in "Brief Encounter".

My favourite moments include; Quilty's re-introduction to the film at the school's summer ball as the camera pans across the dancefloor and subtly reveals a look of comic ambivalence on his face as he dances with his lover, Humbert awkwardly trying to book the only remaining hotel-room at the police convention and Humbert again trying to teach the cynical Lolita the joys of Edgar Allen Poe's poetry.

I thoroughly recommend this film. My only complaint is the length - the final third seemed to drag a bit.

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