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Joanna (1968)

A provincial girl is entangled in the mod morality of London.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hendrik Casson
Lord Peter Sanderson
Glenna Forster-Jones ...
Marda Vanne ...
Geoffrey Morris ...
The Father
Michelle Cook ...
Manning Wilson ...
Black Detective
Dan Caulfield ...
White Detective
Michael Chow ...
Jane Bradbury ...
Miranda De Hyde


Joanna Sorrin, a whimsical and fanciful country girl, goes to London to follow a fashion design course. She comes into contact with the capital's young jet set and becomes the mistress of Gordon, the black owner of a night club. Unfortunately her lover happens to kill a man and is sent to jail. As she is pregnant from Gordon, Joanna returns to her parents'home. But the young woman has not yet said her last word. She WILL be back in Swingin' London ! Written by Guy Bellinger

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Joanna is mad, mod, the best!


Comedy | Drama | Musical


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Release Date:

24 November 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Joana  »

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2.35 : 1
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immediately after Lord Sanderson's(Donald Sutherland) death and funeral, two servants have an interesting discussion about real life British serial killers John George Haigh and John Christie. See more »


When Joanna, Lord Sanderson, Beryl and party go to Morocco (North Africa) for vacation Joanna gives Sanderson a gift which he calls a compass. The gift is not a compass, it's a sextant, a more complex navigating instrument. See more »

Crazy Credits

Panavision is the first thing to be credited. The production seal follows. Then, "This film is entirely fictional..." appears on the screen. Director Michael Sarne is then credited, followed by the rest of the crew members. The actors are not credited. The title of the film appears last and blinks on and off in neon, soft-focus letters. See more »


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Hello Heartaches
Music and Lyrics by Rod McKuen
Sung by Barbara Kay
Published by Twentieth Century Music Corporation-ASCAP
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Original, campy period piece; great music and acting
23 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

This film could almost be viewed as the "let's-get-real" answer to "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner", a film that probably still could not get made in the U.S. As a snapshot of "swinging London" in the sixties, "Joanna" has it all. But Donald Sutherland absolutely steals this movie as Lord Peter Sanderson; his strange, wonderful, secular soliloquy on a Moroccan beach at sunset still provokes both goose pimples and tears. South African actress Genevieve Waite, who plays the wide-eyed heroine, was declared persona non grata in her native country after making this film, solely because of her love scenes with Calvin Lockhart (she later emigrated to the U.S. and married John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas). All in all, a strange, wonderful, campy, mystic trip to the sixties.

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