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Sunday Bloody Sunday -- Glenda Jackson and Peter Finch pool their considerable talents to portray two Londoners coping with the noncommittal affections of the lover they have in common in this provocative story.  In HD.
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Penelope Gilliatt (screenplay)
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Release Date:
8 September 1971 (USA) See more »
It's about three decent people. They will break your heart.
Divorced working woman Alex and well-to-do Jewish family doctor Daniel Hirsh share not only the same... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Peter Finch ... Dr. Daniel Hirsh

Glenda Jackson ... Alex Greville

Murray Head ... Bob Elkin

Peggy Ashcroft ... Mrs. Greville
Tony Britton ... George Harding
Maurice Denham ... Mr. Greville

Bessie Love ... 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
Caroline Blakiston ... Rowing Wife
Peter Halliday ... Rowing Husband
Douglas Lambert ... Man at Party

Jon Finch ... Scotsman
Kimi Tallmadge ... Lucy Hodson
Russell Lewis ... Timothy Hodson
Emma Schlesinger ... Tess Hodson
Carl Ferber ... Hodson child (as Karl Ferber)
Patrick Thornberry ... Baby John Stuart Hodson
Robert Rietty ... Daniel's Brother
Liane Aukin ... Daniel's Sister-in-Law
Robin Presky ... Daniel's Nephew
Edward Evans ... Husband at Hospital
Gabrielle Daye ... Wife at Hospital
George Belbin ... Next door Neighbour

Richard Loncraine ... Bob's Partner
Royce Mills ... Bob's Partner
Monica Vasileiou ... Travel Agent
John Rae ... Airline Doctor
Ellis Dale ... Chemist
Joe Wadham ... Lorry Driver
Henry Danziger ... Cantor
Ann Firbank ... Party Guest
Derek Gilbert ... Party Guest
William Job ... Party Guest
Nike Arrighi ... Party Guest (as Nikki Arrighi)
Francis Ghent ... Party Guest

Donald Sumpter ... Party Guest
Rohan McCullough ... Party Guest
Barbara Markham ... Party Guest
Robert Wilde ... Party Guest
Esta Charkham ... Barmitzvah Guest
Hilary Hardiman ... Barmitzvah Guest
Simon Joseph ... Barmitzvah Guest
Gideon Kolb ... Barmitzvah Guest
Martin Lawrence ... Barmitzvah Guest
Mercia Mansfield ... Barmitzvah Guest
Reuben Elvy ... Barmitzvah Guest
Jovey Douben ... Barmitzvah Guest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henry Gilbert ... 1930s Flashback Rabbi (scenes deleted)

Helen Lindsay ... (scenes deleted)
David Webb ... Restaurant Owner (scenes deleted)

Cindy Burrows ... (uncredited)

Daniel Day-Lewis ... Child Vandal (uncredited)
Petra Markham ... Designer's Girlfriend (uncredited)
John Warner ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
John Schlesinger 
Writing credits
Penelope Gilliatt (screenplay)

Ken Levison  uncredited
David Sherwin  screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Joseph Janni .... producer
Edward Joseph .... associate producer
Original Music by
Ron Geesin 
Cinematography by
Billy Williams 
Film Editing by
Richard Marden 
Casting by
Miriam Brickman 
Production Design by
Luciana Arrighi 
Art Direction by
Norman Dorme 
Costume Design by
Jocelyn Rickards 
Makeup Department
Betty Glasow .... hairdresser
Freddie Williamson .... makeup artist
Production Management
Hugh Harlow .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Green .... third assistant director
Simon Relph .... first assistant director
Nigel Wooll .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
George Ball .... chargehand props (uncredited)
Sound Department
David Campling .... sound editor
Gerry Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
Alan Jones .... assistant sound editor
Eddy Joseph .... assistant sound editor
Simon Kaye .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
David Harcourt .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Mary Kessel .... assistant editor
Music Department
Douglas Gamley .... musical director
Douglas Gamley .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Marilyn Clarke .... production coordinator
Ann Skinner .... continuity
Lee Bolon .... location manager (uncredited)
Edna Tromans .... publicist (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Bloody Sunday" - Belgium (English title) (imdb display title)
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110 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:R | Australia:M (TV rating) | Canada:R (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | France:-16 | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | Norway:16 | Peru:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

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 »
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 A Decade Under the Influence (2003)See more »
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25 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
The danger of being ahead of you time is that time catches up., 24 August 1999
Author: H.J. from Bozeman, Montana

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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