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The Killing of Sister George (1968)

 -  Drama  -  12 December 1968 (USA)
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George lives with her lover, Childie and plays a cheerful district nurse in a BBC soap opera. However, her character is to be killed off, and George realises that the only other job she can... See full summary »

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Beryl Reid ...
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Coral Browne ...
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Hugh Paddick ...
Freddie
Cyril Delevanti ...
Ted Baker
Sivi Aberg ...
Diana
William Beckley ...
Floor Manager
Elaine Church ...
Marlene
Brendan Dillon ...
Bert Turner
Mike Freeman ...
Noel
Maggie Paige ...
Maid
Jack Raine ...
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Dolly Taylor ...
Tea Lady
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George lives with her lover, Childie and plays a cheerful district nurse in a BBC soap opera. However, her character is to be killed off, and George realises that the only other job she can get is the voice of a cow in a children's tv programme. Her life begins to fall apart as Childie has an affair with a predatory tv producer. Written by Paul Baker <bakerjp@unix.lancs.ac.uk>

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The story of three consenting adults in the privacy of their own home.

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12 December 1968 (USA)  »

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3 gynaikes me diko tous erota  »

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Trivia

The word "lesbian" is only uttered once, 100 minutes into the film. See more »

Quotes

George: Hello Crofters!
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, the picture distractingly flips from left to right as the main character travels through claustrophobia-inducing alleyways. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #3.4 (1969) See more »

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an overlooked gem...
30 March 2004 | by (Wiltshire, UK) – See all my reviews

I did not see the stage play upon which this film is based (too young) but, based on its own merits, this film surely deserves a closer look.

The central trio of performers (Reid, York, Browne) provide career "bests" and there are some amusing vignettes from the others (Fraser, in particular, as a truly odious soap actor).

The much-discussed sex scene is, by today's standards (and, it would seem, even those of the 1960s stage play), tame, but its real value as a display of the shift of power between the three central characters is very neatly worked through in the closing quarter.

The final five minutes of (self-) destruction is heartbreaking, with excellent use made of the music track.

In short: miss it and miss out.


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