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Fourteen-year-old Daniel Day-Lewis made his screen debut in this film, as a teenage street vandal. He described his first acting experience, in which he was paid £2 to vandalize expensive cars parked outside his local church in Petersfield, Hampshire, as "heaven."
The story is based on John Schlesinger's affair with the actor John Steiner.
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."
Several actresses (including Edith Evans and Thora Hird) politely refused the part of Glenda Jackson's mother, Mrs. Greville, because they thought the project was too risqué. Peggy Ashcroft accepted after the director explained to her the elements of the story and she gladly signed on.
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.
This film was playing in the cinema in Derry on the day of the Bloody Sunday massacre. It can be seen advertised outside the cinema in Bloody Sunday (2002).
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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.
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A number of scenes that had been filmed with Ian Bannen were not re-shot. Some performers listed on cast breakdown (kept by BFI special Collections) were not rehired to film their roles with Peter Finch.
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Daniel Day-Lewis's first film.
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Kenyatta, the name of the Hodson family's doomed dog, is a reference to Jomo Kenyatta, the first prime minister and president of Kenya. See also the trivia for Running on Empty (1988).
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George Harding is said to be 50 to 55 years of age, but Tony Britton was 46 to 47 when the film was made.
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Closing credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
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Peggy Ashcroft has only three minutes of screen time, despite playing the female lead's mother in the film.
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