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Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)

R  |   |  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 ...
Patient
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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Alan Bates was the original choice made by John Schlesinger for the role of Daniel Hirsh, the homosexual doctor. However he was held up filming The Go-Between (1971) and was replaced first by Ian Bannen and later by Peter Finch. However, the role of Daniel is written as that of a much younger man. See more »

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Alex: Is this milk all right for Bob to drink?
Lucy: It's mummy's.
Alex: I'm sure she won't mind.
Lucy: It's *mummy's*, for John-Stuart. He's not *weaned* yet.
Alex: Oh.
Bob: [gags] Oh, my God.
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Soave sia il vento
From Così fan tutte No. 10 Terzettino
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Mozart)
Performed by Pilar Lorengar, Yvonne Minton and Barry McDaniel
Daniel listens to a phonograph recording of the opera while alone in his living room on Friday night; also played over the end credits
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One of the truly great adult films of the century
16 November 2000 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

I first saw this at 17 in 1971 and was of course struck by the frankness in the portrayal of the relationship between Murray Head and Peter Finch. People in the suburban audience where I saw it SCREAMED when the two men first kissed. (Someone screamed at a director's screening of the film, much to Schlesinger's consternation. It turned out to be Finch's wife.) One of the reviewers complained about Head's acting, but he is playing a very shallow character whose youth and beauty attract Glenda Jackson and Finch. The film holds up really well today with its complex characters and lack of stereotypes and simple judgments about people. There is also enormous charm and humor in the film, especially in the supporting players. The imagery in the film stays with me--the dog killed by a car, the Mummy's milk in the fridge, the inner workings of telephone switching, driving through the rain in London, men and women making love, precocious children smoking dope, and so much more. It feels like life. It also made me a lifelong fan of Finch, who went on to win a posthumous Oscar for "Network," and Jackson, a two-time Oscar winner, who represents Hampstead in Parliament now. Probably my favorite film of all time.


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