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Women in Love (1969)

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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Mrs. Crich
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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 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 Rupert and Ursula learn to give themselves to each other; the more withdrawn Gerald cannot, finally, connect with the demanding and challenging Gudrun.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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Release Date:

25 March 1970 (USA)  »

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Love  »

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$1,250,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In a scene between Glenda Jackson's and Vladek Sheybal's characters, she declares herself to be Antonina Milyukova, a nymphomaniac married to Tchaikovsky; he, pretending to be the composer replies "but I am a homosexual". The following year, Jackson would play Milyukova, a nymphomaniac married to a gay man, in the Ken Russell film The Music Lovers (1970). 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 »


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absorbingly brilliant
27 September 2000 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film seems to get better the more I go back to it. Close to the source novel for the most part (the one big divergence being in the Water Party section but in the sense of the film the change is acceptable and gives a disturbing gloss to the story) and with sequence after sequence of powerful images, it has been much misunderstood and often dismissed but I would hope in time it is given the credit it deserves. 8/10

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