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Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)

R | | Drama | 8 September 1971 (USA)
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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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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In John Eastman's 1989 book' Retakes: Behind the Scenes of 500 Classic Movies', it says that Peter Finch and Murray Head were the only people on the set who were not disturbed when it came time for them to do the kissing scene. Finch has been quoted as saying, "I did it for England." See more »

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Mrs. Greville: A hippie? Oh, I like hippies! They hate business and competitiveness... I think that's what has always attracted me to them.
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Referenced in Here We Go Again: Sunday, Soggy Sunday (1973) See more »

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Auf Flügeln des Gesanges (On Wings of Song)
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Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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Love vs. Logic
14 March 2009 | by (England) – See all my reviews

As the 1960s become the 1970s in London, England, a successful male doctor and divorced, female recruitment consultant both try to maintain a relationship with a self-centred younger man.

Fascinating period piece, exploring the reality of the late sixties 'free love' ideal - she loves Bob, he love Bob, Bob loves... well, nothing substantial, as it turns out. Mixing in ghastly 'of their time' friends (ex-hippie-types Alva and Bill and their dreadful kids), Sunday, Bloody Sunday is at once both dated and contemporary - set in a time of economic chaos and dealing with a taboo which, in 2009, still seems at least unsettling. Jackson and Finch are brilliant, apologetically yet furiously settling for all the crumbs they can get from their cool younger lover, although under Schlesinger's direction, Head is much less successful - whilst he captures Bob's egotistical nature, there's no counter-balance of charm, leaving the viewer wondering exactly what is either Alex or Daniel really see in him.

Ground-breaking story-telling then, and all kudos to Gilliatt, Sherwin, Janni, Schlesinger and Peter Finch for bringing this grown-up picture of early 70s contemporary life to the screen.


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