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The Killing of Sister George
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Director:
Writers:
Frank Marcus (from the play by)
Lukas Heller (screenplay)
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Release Date:
12 December 1968 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The story of three consenting adults in the privacy of their own home.
Plot:
George lives with her lover, Childie and plays a cheerful district nurse in a BBC soap opera. However... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. See more »
User Reviews:
A scabrous "comedy" about the ugliness of human longing. See more (30 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Beryl Reid ... June Buckridge

Susannah York ... Alice 'Childie' McNaught
Coral Browne ... Mercy Croft

Ronald Fraser ... Leo Lockhart

Patricia Medina ... Betty Thaxter
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 ... Deputy Commissioner
Dolly Taylor ... Tea Lady
Meier Tzelniker ... Mr. Katz
Cicely Walper ... Mrs. Coote
Byron Webster ... Jack Adams
Rosalie Williams ... Mildred
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gina Evans ... Club Owner (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Sam Kydd ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Eileen Page ... Leslie (uncredited)

Derek Partridge ... Personal Manager (uncredited)
James Payne ... Man in Traffic Jam (uncredited)

Velvet Rhodes ... Lesbian (uncredited)
Madeline Smith ... Nun (uncredited)
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Directed by
Robert Aldrich 
 
Writing credits
Frank Marcus (from the play by)

Lukas Heller (screenplay)

Produced by
Robert Aldrich .... producer
Walter Blake .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Gerald Fried 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph F. Biroc (director of photography) (as Joseph Biroc)
 
Film Editing by
Michael Luciano 
 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
 
Art Direction by
William Glasgow 
 
Set Decoration by
John Brown 
 
Costume Design by
Renié (costumes designer) (as Renie)
 
Makeup Department
Jean Austin .... hair stylist
William Turner .... makeup artist (as Bill Turner)
 
Production Management
David Bennett .... production manager: London
Eddie Saeta .... unit manager
George Tobin .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daisy Gerber .... assistant director
Dennis Robertson .... first assistant director: London
 
Art Department
Jack Holden .... assistant art director: London
Ygnacio Sepulveda .... property master (as Ignazio Sepulveda)
 
Sound Department
Richard S. Church .... sound mixer (as Dick Church)
Robin Gregory .... sound mixer: London
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bernie Abramson .... still photographer
Wally Fairweather .... camera operator: London
Laurie Shane .... gaffer
Herbert Smith .... camera operator: London (as Herbie Smith)
Brian West .... lighting camera operator: London
Keith Blake .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Gary Boren .... assistant camera (uncredited)
William N. Clark .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ned Davenport .... camera operator (uncredited)
Bill Hannah .... gaffer (uncredited)
Joe Jackman .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marie Osborne .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Frank J. Urioste .... assistant film editor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Adell Aldrich .... script supervisor (as Adell Bravos)
William Aldrich .... assistant to the producer
Robert Sherman .... dialogue supervisor
 

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Runtime:
138 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:R | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:14A (Manitoba) (2005) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:18 (1970) | Norway:16 | Singapore:R21 (cut) | Sweden:11 | UK:X | USA:X (original rating) | USA:R (re-rating) (1972) | West Germany:18 (f)

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Trivia:
When first submitted in 1969 UK censor John Trevelyan refused to grant a certificate unless the seduction scene was toned down and urged all 600 local authorities to boycott the film. 12 councils, including the GLC, overrode him and showed the film with their own X certificate. After heated discussions with the distributor the kissing scene was slightly reduced and Trevelyan eventually passed the movie. All video/DVD versions of the film are the original uncut one.See more »
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George:Hello Crofters!See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A scabrous "comedy" about the ugliness of human longing., 13 November 2007
Author: reviewerinoimdbino from United States

While there is delicate humor here, as in the movie's satire on the twee reassurances and stereotyping of an English soap opera's portrayal of homely English village life, this movie is in the end an unsettling portrait of the human condition, of the ugliness, the uncontrollable and incendiary nature of our sexual and emotional longings and need.

I spent years wanting to see this movie, if only because of its legendary nature and Coral Browne's presence in the cast, and it's nothing like what I imagined. Given the title and all the talk in books about scenes set in a dark and intense demimondaine world of lesbian bars, I pictured some sort of police procedural about lesbians being killed by a serial killer, a Sidney Sheldon-type story.

Ostensibly a portrait of an aging actress's dying career, the heart of the picture is the competition among the characters for love, for the ruthless quest for success and the money and companionship that go with it.

There is constant sado-masochistic emotional gamesmanship here, with characters playing roles that are alternately passive and active. One character pretends to be not much more than a slip of a girl and sits by and watches as others compete for her attentions.

The sex scene in the movie, while ugly in the extreme, is vital to the film's message. (I'm amazed that this aired, even late at night, on Turner Classic Movies, so that I, thankfully, got a chance to see the movie.) Coral Browne's face, stripped of its mask of demure self-possession, exposing the animal (the monster?) that we all are at the core of our being--that's something to see. And unsettling.

I'll never particularly care for Susannah York. She'll always strike me as a bit of an over-praised, over-successful relic of the 1960s, a kind of prissy relic, but what a film, even with some longeurs. And the towering--both literally and figuratively--Coral Browne: what a presence.

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