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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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A delicious, adult meditation on youth, obsession and sex. 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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152 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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Did You Know?

Stanley Kubrick originally wanted Joey Heatherton for the title role of Lolita, but Heatherton's father Ray Heatherton said no for fear his daughter would be typecast as a promiscuous sex kitten.See more »
Continuity: When Humbert starts his journey to pick up Lolita, you'll see at Camp Climax sign, the white station wagon has a license place that reads 2178 and seems to be from a different state than the other plates. The car Humbert parks at the service station has a lamp attached to the front grille, and carries number plate 17459. A few minutes later when he has the blowout (which seems to leave all four tires intact) the lamp is missing and a white number plate that reads AC629. The car that has been trailing them also has this same type of license plate, too. It is visible on the front of the car and on the back, when it turns around. At the end of the film, the car has the 17459 license plate again.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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60 out of 76 people found the following review useful.
A delicious, adult meditation on youth, obsession and sex., 16 August 2005
Author: ags123 from Atlanta, Georgia

This film remains my all-time favorite. It's a delicious, adult meditation on youth, obsession and sex. While not entirely faithful to the novel, it captures the book's spirit and is nonetheless a masterpiece on its own terms. To fully appreciate what Kubrick has done, compare this version to Adrian Lyne's anemic remake.

Kubrick chose his cast wisely for the most part. James Mason conveys both the tormented inner soul and the outwardly polite gentleman with such charm that you simply can't despise him for his treachery. Shelley Winters was never better as the shrill, man-hungry shrew. Sue Lyon is enormously credible in a complex role - physically attractive, childish at times in her behavior, but quietly calculating and manipulative. The weakest link is Peter Sellers, who Kubrick found amusing enough to let him run on too long. Sellers was a brilliant performer, but just not right for this film. As Quilty, he's fine. When masquerading as others, he's mostly intrusive and tends to alter the tone of what's going on.

The need to tread carefully around the censors in 1962 actually works in the film's favor. There's a sophisticated subtlety that counterbalances the lurid subject matter. In fact, I even prefer the edited-for-television version of the scene in which Humbert and Lolita first have sex. Here she merely whispers in his ear before a suggestive fade-out. In the complete version of the film, the scene continues with them discussing a silly game played at summer camp. The less said, the better.

"Lolita" has aged remarkably well. Its topic is relevant today, and the careful craftsmanship that went into this production holds up beautifully. I think it's Kubrick's best film - they tended to get more self-indulgent as time went on. This one's a gem. Not to be overlooked are the aptly provocative title sequence and Nelson Riddle's luscious piano score.

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