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Bitter Harvest (1963)

 -  Drama  -  10 October 1963 (UK)
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A pretty young woman will do anything to escape her deadly dull existence in the backlots of Wales. But when she reaches the bright lights of London is the price too high?



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennie Jones
John Stride ...
Bob Williams
Anne Cunningham ...
Alan Badel ...
Karl Denny
Vanda Godsell ...
Mrs. Pitt
Norman Bird ...
Mr. Pitt
Terence Alexander ...
William Lucas ...
David Medwin
Daphne Anderson ...
Nancy Medwin
Derek Francis ...
Mr. Jones
Mary Merrall ...
Aunt Louise
May Hallatt ...
Aunt Sarah
Colin Gordon ...


A pretty young woman will do anything to escape her deadly dull existence in the backlots of Wales. But when she reaches the bright lights of London is the price too high?

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Odeio o Meu Passado  »

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Superb color, location shooting bolster party girls decline.
29 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

The stunning Eastmancolor photography of Ernest Steward, Acker Bilk's swanky Jackie Gleason like score, (particularly the lush main theme) and location shooting in London, do much to distinguish this cautionary tale of a young woman treading down the well worn primrose path.

Janet Munro convinces as a the naive Welsh rustic, ("Jennie Jones") after La Dolce Vita, to which end she tosses decency aside, and heads to the big city, in her pursuit of a theatrical career. That her career is only to be that of "kept woman" is the discovery leading to the titular harvest.

Performances are all very apt, (particulary Francis Matthews, who nails the characterization of a louche libertine)and Director Peter Graham Scott certainly keeps our interest.

But just when one is most absorbed, most ready to watch Jennie's world unravel, the film ends, and one comes away feeling slightly cheated, with the sense that this MIGHT have been a great film, with a running time of 30 more minutes.

Still, it invites and deserves consideration alongside "Darling," and "Taste of Honey," as films that were also exploring unsavoury misfits in swinging 60's Great Britain.

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