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Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)

 -  Drama  -  8 September 1971 (USA)
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Divorced working woman Alex and well-to-do Jewish family doctor Daniel Hirsh share not only the same answering service but also the favours of young Bob Elkin who bed-hops between them as ... See full summary »

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Alex Greville
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Bob Elkin
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Mrs. Greville
Tony Britton ...
George Harding
Maurice Denham ...
Mr. Greville
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Answering Service Lady
Vivian Pickles ...
Alva Hodson
Frank Windsor ...
Bill Hodson
Thomas Baptiste ...
Prof. Johns
Richard Pearson ...
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June Brown ...
Woman Patient
Hannah Norbert ...
Daniel's Mother
Harold Goldblatt ...
Daniel's Father
Marie Burke ...
Aunt Astrid
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Divorced working woman Alex and well-to-do Jewish family doctor Daniel Hirsh share not only the same answering service but also the favours of young Bob Elkin who bed-hops between them as the mood takes him. Both Alex and Dr Hirsh are aware of the other's existence but prefer to live with the situation rather than risk losing Elkin completely. But a wet winter weekend in London can be difficult. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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It's about three decent people. They will break your heart.

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Un dimanche comme les autres  »

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Ian Bannen was fired from the role of Daniel Hirsh shortly after filming began. Apparently, he was so nervous about what kissing another actor on screen might do to his career, he could not concentrate enough to even get going with the part. He later said that losing the role set back his career. See more »

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Bob: Don't come to me like a possessive wife!
Alex: Well, I wouldn't if you hadn't left me with five children and a dog!
Bob: Look, I know you feel you're not getting enough of me, but you're getting all there is.
Alex: Well, you're spreading yourself a little thin, aren't you?
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Referenced in After MASH: Sunday, Cruddy Sunday (1983) See more »

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Auf Flügeln des Gesanges (On Wings of Song)
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Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played on the radio when Daniel wakes up on Sunday morning
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Made in 1971 and, as of this posting, still ahead of its time.
7 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Sunday Bloody Sunday", which tells the story of two older adults (Glenda Jackson and Peter Finch) who are discreetly in an parallel relationship with a young, irresponsible artist (Murray Head), has never appeared on free television (i.e.: U.S. network and syndicated television). Unlike John Schlesinger's previous movie of two years earlier, the Oscar-winning "Midnight Cowboy", I have never seen this movie in a sanitized, edited version and I'm very glad of that.

Former New Yorker movie critic Penelope Gilliatt wrote a brilliant character study. In a very quiet, non-judgmental and unassuming way, I wonder if the story is a bit of an autobiography in the life of openly gay director John Schlesinger?

Very adult, thought-provoking and extremely well-acted, "Sunday Bloody Sunday" was made in 1971 and despite some dated 70s trappings, is still way ahead of most movies that deal with the subjects of sexuality and adult relationships.


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