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Release Date:
February 1966 (UK) See more »
The act of love does not make this a love story...the act of worship does not make him the idol.
Marco, a young, arrogant art student, is friendly with Timothy, a medical student, and Sarah, his girl friend... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jennifer Jones ... Carol

Michael Parks ... Marco

John Leyton ... Timothy

Jennifer Hilary ... Sarah

Guy Doleman ... Martin Livesey
Natasha Pyne ... Rosalind

Jack Watson ... Police Inspector

Jeremy Bulloch ... Lewis
Gordon Gostelow ... Simon

Priscilla Morgan ... Rosie
Edna Morris ... Mrs. Muller
Fanny Carby ... Barmaid

Renee Houston ... 1st Woman at Party

Caroline Blakiston ... 2nd Woman at Party
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ken Barker ... Policeman (as Ken Haward)

Vernon Dobtcheff ... Man at Party
Michael Gordon ... Boy
Philippa Hare
Peter Porteous ... Tommy

Terry Richards ... Laborer
Derek Ware ... Laborer
Rita Webb ... Landlady
Tina Williams ... Dorothea

Jane Birkin ... Art Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Daniel Petrie 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Millard Lampell 
Ugo Liberatore  story

Produced by
Joseph E. Levine .... executive producer
Leonard Lightstone .... producer
Robert Porter .... associate producer
Original Music by
John Dankworth 
Cinematography by
Kenneth Higgins  (as Ken Higgins)
Film Editing by
Jack Slade 
Art Direction by
George Provis 
Costume Design by
Yvonne Blake 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bond .... hairdresser
Wally Schneiderman .... makeup artist
Production Management
Geoffrey Helman .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bryan Coates .... assistant director
Art Department
Andrew Campbell .... assistant art director
John Paterson .... construction manager
Sound Department
H.L. Bird .... sound recordist
Rusty Coppleman .... sound editor
Stephen Dalby .... sound recordist
Gerry Humphreys .... re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Allwork .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jean Fairlie .... wardrobe
Larry Stewart .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Lois Gray .... assistant editor
Location Management
Derek Parr .... location manager
Music Department
John Dankworth .... musical director
David Lindup .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Geoff Freeman .... unit publicist
Muirne van Wyk .... continuity (as Muirne Mathieson)

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109 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Producer Joseph E. Levine originally announced Shelley Winters as the star.See more »
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Empty Arms And Empty HeartSee more »


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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
The Enigmatic Ms. Jones, 28 August 2004
Author: StevieGunder ( from Los Angeles, CA

Having finally acquired a copy of this film after years of searching, I expected the worst, having heard stories about what a disaster and a piece of trash it is. Instead I found a rather tame, but very dark character study: certainly flawed, but interesting nonetheless and well worth the wait for Jennifer Jones fans. She gives an interesting, complex, disciplined performance, and is very striking looking at this late stage in her career. The movie seems to meander and lose some of its believability from time to time, but it leaves one with a haunted feeling that is hard to shake. Not great stuff, but not the bomb that legend has made it out to be.

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