Based on D.H. Lawrence's novella about two young women - sickly, chattering Jill Banford and quiet, strong Ellen March - who are trying, hopelessly, to run a chicken farm in Canada. A gentle but powerful man named Paul Renfield who used to live on their farm returns and puts things in order. But his proposal of marriage to Ellen awakens the homosexuality dormant in the girls: Jill uses her weakness to make Ellen feel protective, and the women become active lovers. Written by
The Fox ... symbol of the male.
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At one stage, Vivien Leigh, Patricia Neal and Alan Bates were in the running for the leads. See more
When Jill goes outside in the morning carrying a metal bucket, she calls out "come on ducks", but it is geese that appear coming out of the shed. See more
Maybe you need a man around the place... make things more efficient.
It isn't a question of efficiency. We just don't believe in working that hard.
Why did you start?
Oh... um... The good life, independence, and that sort of thing...
Tell me. Have you ever tried talking to them?
The chickens. Grandpa did it all the time. He used to go out there and he'd have a real heart-to-heart with them about how they weren't doing well by him, and how he's spending good money for feed. And the next ...
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Music by Lalo Schifrin
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Sung by Sally Stevens See more