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A Severed Head (1970)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  December 1970 (UK)
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Antonia, the pampered wife of Martin Lynch-Gibbon, an upper class wine merchant, tells her husband that she is in love with their best friend, the psychiatrist Palmer Anderson. Palmer and ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Antonia Lynch-Gibbon
Palmer Anderson
Martin Lynch-Gibbon
Honor Klein
Georgie Hands
Alexander Lynch-Gibbon
Ann Firbank ...
Rosemary Lynch-Gibbon
Rosamund Greenwood ...
Miss Seelhaft
Constance Lorne ...
Miss Hernshaw
Robert Gillespie ...
Winking Patient
Katherine Parr ...
Anne Jameson ...
Woman at Party (as Ann Jameson)
Yvette Rees ...
Woman at Party


Antonia, the pampered wife of Martin Lynch-Gibbon, an upper class wine merchant, tells her husband that she is in love with their best friend, the psychiatrist Palmer Anderson. Palmer and Antonia want to deal with the situation in a civilized way, by remaining friends with Martin. Meanwhile Martin tries to keep his mistress, Georgie Hands, a secret, but Palmer's sister, Honor Klein, who taught Georgie at Oxford, tells Palmer and Antonia about her. Furthermore, Honor introduces Georgie to Martin's womanizing brother, Alexander. This is just the beginning of the various liaisons. Written by Will Gilbert

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December 1970 (UK)  »

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Amantes Infieis  »

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There was considerable difficulty in finding a director for this film. The film was actually shot in the Spring of 1969, but it was not until early 1971 that it was seen in its native Britain. See more »


Referenced in McCloud: Top of the World, Ma! (1971) See more »

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Wonderful movie
16 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of my favorite movies ever, largely due to the fact that Iris Murdoch is my favorite author of all time. I saw this as a fairly young child, and it stuck in my head for years. Two of the best actresses ever, Claire Bloom and Lee Remick. Claire was perfect as Honor, like a tightly wound spring. The relationship between Honor and her brother is pure Iris Murdoch, whose characters always had complicated and sometimes quite twisted relationships. Very funny movie, as well, as is also typical of Ms. Murdoch's works.

I would highly recommend this movie to young adult audiences who like alternative and artistic, literary movies.

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