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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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Timothy: Blecch!
Alex: Serves you right for pinching my breakfast.
Timothy: Not *your* breakfast! Papa paid for it!
Bob: Well, there's socialism for you.
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Referenced in Heroes Reborn: Sundae, Bloody Sundae (2015) See more »

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Here We Go Loopty Loo
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Children's song
[Played on the phonograph during the montage of Alex and Bob playing with the Hodson children.]
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The danger of being ahead of you time is that time catches up.
24 August 1999 | by (Bozeman, Montana) – See all my reviews

Perhaps due to the global discontent brought on by the Viet Nam War and then the Russian-Afgan War, the early 1970' saw the end of a period of idealism and the dawn of an age of realism, far too real in many instances. Movies were no exception to this general social trend in American and European society.

When "Sunday Bloody Sunday" was released in 1971, it was a major jolt to the "film world." There, in all its wide screen splendor and glory was a major production with a major league cast and state of the are writing, direction, and production that flaunted as comonplace the unspoken trio of adult sexual taboo: Homosexuality, Bisexuality and Insest. And this was all presented in an apparently normal setting with apparently normal persons who could be, God forbid, us.

This was no British working class low budget avant guard "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning" about the people who we had too often become and through familiarity learned to despised. This was the Upper middle class world where we all imagined ourselves eventually destined to live. And the real shock of it was that we weren't repulsed or appalled. We were if anything, drawn to it. The characters are intelligent, educated, sympathetic, honest to a reasonable degree, at least with each other and very pretty to look at. The situations are all too real. The problem is that "Sunday Bloody Sunday is "life as you find it" and not "life as you'd wish it to be."

Today the shock is gone. It is a beautifully smooth and taught production to be sure, but no longer anything new. Still, "Sunday Bloody Sunday" is one of the movies that changed the movies, as well as American and European Society in the middle of the second half of the Twentieth century. Don't miss a chance to see it.


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