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The Killing of Sister George (1968)

X | | Drama | 12 December 1968 (USA)
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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Coral Browne ...
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Hugh Paddick ...
Freddie
Cyril Delevanti ...
Ted Baker
Sivi Aberg ...
Diana
William Beckley ...
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Elaine Church ...
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Bert Turner
Mike Freeman ...
Noel
Maggie Paige ...
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Jack Raine ...
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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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Julie Christie turned down the part of Childie. See more »

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Mercy Croft: It so happens that your death will coincide with road safety week, a cause which we know is very close to your heart.
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During the opening credits, the picture distractingly flips from left to right as the main character travels through claustrophobia-inducing alleyways. 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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