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Release Date:
3 August 1965 (USA) See more »
A powerful and bold motion picture...made by adults...with adults...for adults! See more »
A beautiful but amoral model sleeps her way to the top of the London fashion scene at the height of the Swinging Sixties. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won 3 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Julie Christie ... Diana Scott

Laurence Harvey ... Miles Brand

Dirk Bogarde ... Robert Gold

José Luis de Vilallonga ... Prince Cesare della Romita (as Jose Luis De Villalonga)

Roland Curram ... Malcolm
Basil Henson ... Alec Prosser-Jones

Helen Lindsay ... Felicity Prosser-Jones
Carlo Palmucci ... Curzio della Romita
Dante Posani ... Gino
Umberto Raho ... Palucci
Marika Rivera ... Woman

Alex Scott ... Sean Martin
Ernest Walder ... Kurt

Brian Wilde ... Willett
Pauline Yates ... Estelle Gold

Peter Bayliss ... Lord Grant
Richard Bidlake ... Rupert Crabtree
T.R. Bowen ... Tony Bridges (as Trevor Bowen)

Annette Carell ... Billie Castiglione
Jean Claudio ... Raoul Maxim

Georgina Cookson ... Carlotta Hale

James Cossins ... Basildon
Jane Downs ... Julie (as Jane Downes)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Derek Aylward ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Sidonie Bond ... Gillian (uncredited)
Tyler Butterworth ... William Prosser-Jones (uncredited)
Pauline Chamberlain ... Woman at Charity Auction (uncredited)
Noel Davis ... Shop Assistant (uncredited)

Silvia Dionisio ... Prince Cesare della Romita's Daughter (uncredited)

Vernon Dobtcheff ... Art Critic at Ralph Riggs Exposure (uncredited)
Hugo Dyson ... Walter Southgate (uncredited)

Ann Firbank ... Sybil Martin (uncredited)

Sheila Gish ... Cameo (uncredited)
Margaret Gordon ... Helen Dawlish (uncredited)
Christopher Greatorex ... Art Critic at Ralph Riggs Exposure (uncredited)
Victor Harrington ... Functionary at Charity Event (uncredited)
David Harrison ... Charles Glass (uncredited)

Ray Lovelock ... Undetermined role (uncredited)
Angus MacKay ... Ivor Dawlish (uncredited)

Zakes Mokae ... Black Man at French Party (uncredited)
Brian Moorehead ... Leslie Page (uncredited)
Jane Pearl ... Jane (uncredited)
Irene Richmond ... Mrs. Glass (uncredited)

John Schlesinger ... Theatre Director (uncredited)
Frank Shelley ... Father Norton (uncredited)
Lydia Sherwood ... Lady Brentwood (uncredited)

Lucille Soong ... Allie (uncredited)
Helen Stirling ... Governess to Cesare Family (uncredited)

John Woodvine ... Customs Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
John Schlesinger 
Writing credits
Frederic Raphael (screenplay)

Frederic Raphael (idea) and
John Schlesinger (idea) and
Joseph Janni (idea)

Produced by
Joseph Janni .... producer
Victor Lyndon .... associate producer
Joseph E. Levine .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
John Dankworth 
Cinematography by
Kenneth Higgins (director of photography) (as Ken Higgins)
Film Editing by
Jim Clark  (as James Clark)
Casting by
Miriam Brickman 
Art Direction by
Ray Simm 
Set Decoration by
David Ffolkes 
Costume Design by
Julie Harris 
Makeup Department
Joyce James .... hair stylist
Bob Lawrance .... makeup artist (as Bob Lawrence)
Production Management
Ed Harper .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kip Gowans .... assistant director
Stuart Black .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Robert Watts .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Ted Southcott .... graphic designer
Ted Barnes .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Tony Curtis .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Aldred .... sound recordist
Malcolm Cooke .... sound editor
Peter Handford .... sound recordist
Malcolm Stewart .... sound (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bernard Ford .... assistant camera
John Harris .... camera operator
Douglas Kirkland .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rebecca Breed .... wardrobe mistress (as Jackie Breed)
Editorial Department
Blake Jones .... colorist (uncredited)
Location Management
Mara Blasetti .... location manager
Music Department
John Dankworth .... conductor
David Lindup .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Ann Skinner .... continuity
Crew believed to be complete

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128 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Australia:A (original rating) | Finland:K-16 | Hong Kong:IIA | Netherlands:6 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) | USA:TV-MA

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The first film role of James Cossins.See more »
Continuity: When Robert and Diana are throwing things into the river, the tide is fully out. They see the derelict house, go and investigate and then discuss it outside again, when the tide is fully in.See more »
Robert Gold:You're just a whore baby, nothing but a whore and I don't take whores in taxi'sSee more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Factory Girl (2006)See more »


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39 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
One of the very best, 25 October 2003
Author: trpdean from New York, New York

I find this movie unique. If you have read of, or can remember the mid-1960s, you know that the character Julie Christie plays was absolutely the one adored by everyone- by all who considered themselves "in" and "trendy" and "modern". And she is completely taken apart by this movie.

I can think of only one other movie at any time in any language that so thoroughly demolishes the pretensions of the very people whom the smart set aspired to be at the time the movie was coming out. Amazingly that movie was 'Alfie', that came out about that same year. (A movie like La Dolce Vita is in a different mode - the people are the new meretricious post-war haute bourgeois class - a frequent target through history, and in that way, like The Ice Storm or Interiors or American Beauty as an attack on such values).

Virtually all "serious satires" take on targets that the "chattering classes" consider suspect - the hidebound, the hypocritical, the "authority figures" whom youth wish to overturn. Not this one. Astonishingly, in the midst of mod London, the very middle of the swinging 60s, you get a movie that looks at its non-committal "live for the moment" hedonistic experimentation and blasts its moral character with a cannon.

This just doesn't happen in movies - compare say, "If" or "O Lucky Man" or say, "Network" (to name three I like), and you'll see the targets as the familiar powers that be - from school to television. But Julie Christie's character is what people thought was new and wonderful - and its superficiality is blown to bits.

It's as if a movie now were to look at a poor black woman raising a child alone - and blast her for any behavior that contributed to this state. It just won't be done - the sympathies are all running FOR that character. So were the sympathies for the Julie Christie character in that time - and the movie is very very brave in running so utterly against the current.

I just love the movie - it's a step up from Schlesinger's earlier ones -the script is superb, the performances are excellent without exception. (Lawrence Harvey is particularly good - but of course it's Christie's movie).

Do see it. It's also full of wonderfully imaginative touches - such as the ending scene.

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