Women in Love (1969)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  25 March 1970 (USA)
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The battle of the sexes and relationships among the elite of Britian's industrial Midlands in the 1920s. Gerald Crich and Rupert Berkin are best friends who fall in love with a pair of ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Webb ...
Vladek Sheybal ...
Catherine Willmer ...
Mrs. Crich
Winifred Crich (as Sarah Nicholls)
Sharon Gurney ...
Christopher Gable ...
Tibby Lupton
Norma Shebbeare ...
Nike Arrighi ...
James Laurenson ...


The battle of the sexes and relationships among the elite of Britian's industrial Midlands in the 1920s. Gerald Crich and Rupert Berkin are best friends who fall in love with a pair of sisters Gudrun, a sculptress and Ursula Brangwen, a schoolteacher. Rupert marries Ursula, Gerald begins a love affair with Gudrun, and the foursome embarks upon a Swiss honeymoon. But the relationships take markedly different directions, as Russell explores the nature of commitment and love. Rupert and Ursula learn to give themselves to each other; the more withdrawn Gerald cannot, finally, connect with the demanding and challenging Gudrun. Written by alfiehitchie

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The relationship between four sensual people is limited: They must find a new way.


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25 March 1970 (USA)  »

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$1,250,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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According to Larry Kramer in his book, "We Must Love One Another or Die: The Life and Legacies of Larry Kramer", both Faye Dunaway and Vanessa Redgrave were approached to play the role of Ursula. See more »


Ursula is seen toasting pre-sliced bread in front of the fire. Pre-sliced bread wasn't invented until 1928, eight years after the action. See more »


Hermione Roddice: Perhaps it's better to die than to live mechanically... a life that's repetition of repetition.
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Referenced in Brothers of the Head (2005) See more »


from "Three Romanian Dances" (uncredited)
Composed by Theodor Rogalski
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Habit Forming
6 February 2004 | by (Malltown) – See all my reviews

Adaptation of the D.H. Lawrence classic concening the loves of two 'modern' sisters in Yorkshire during the 1920s.

At first glance this film is rather hard to take in. The story is difficult to follow and at times, barely visible. Almost as if its asumed we are all so familiar with the book, that a strict narrative is unnecessary. You are likely to finish watching and ask yourself wtf? The acting is rather remarkable however and Ken Russell puts up the usual visual wonderland, so its easily rewatched. As I did, I realized the plot isn't whats important to this film at all. I'm sure the book too leaves that very same impression. You are meant more to study the characters, listen to their musings, and if possible relate to them, rather than follow a traditional storyline with a beginning middle and end. Art imititating life for a change. A different sort of experience, sensually cerebral, if thats possible, but well made and worth a look. Jackson, Bates and Reed, three would be hams, each giving understated and marvelous performances.

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