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Timothy Dalton was contracted to play William Lamb in this adaptation, but was replaced at the last moment. Dalton sued the production company for breach of contract and won.
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Final cinema movie of actor of Michael Wilding.
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Final cinema movie of actor Charles Carson.
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Final cinema movie of actor of Ralph Truman.
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Debut film as a director of screen-writer Robert Bolt. The film remains the first, last and only ever feature film directed by Bolt.
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Film critic Pauline Kael once said of this movie featuring the Lord Byron character that "the film seems to have been made by a square Ken Russell". About thirteen years later, Russell actually directed a movie based on a Lord Byron story, the film being Gothic (1986). Gabriel Byrne played Byron in that picture.
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The maiden name of Lady Caroline Lamb was Lady Caroline Ponsonby.
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Actress Sarah Miles and writer-director Robert Bolt were married at the time the movie was made and released.
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Two magnificent gala balls were staged for the film which featured a cast of around six hundred extras and background artists.
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According to the Blockbuster Guide to Movies and Videos, the picture was "envisioned as a vehicle for [actress Sarah] Miles (Mrs. Bolt at the time)".
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Sarah Miles is seen in black-face in this movie as a Nubian slave at a fancy dress ball wearing an orange and yellow feathered head-dress together with both white slacks and matching boots.
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Composer Richard Rodney Bennett based his later viola and orchestra "Elegy for Lady Caroline Lamb" (aka "Lady Caroline Lamb: Elegy for Viola and Orchestra") on part of his music score from this picture.
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Star Billing: Sarah Miles (1st), Jon Finch (2nd), Richard Chamberlain (3rd), John Mills (4th) and Margaret Leighton (5th).
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The picture was an English-Italian co-production and featured filming in both of the countries of Italy and England.
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Byron - played here by Richard Chamberlain - was not actually tall as portrayed in the film, and suffered from a limp.
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The film's critical and commercial failure dissuaded Robert Bolt from ever directing again and - some say - also led to the break-up of his marriage to Sarah Miles four years later. (Bolt and Miles would actually remarry in 1988, the union lasting up until Bolt's death in 1995.)
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It is common place nowadays for major films to have no opening credits save for the name of the film. In 1972, this was extremely rare. Lady Caroline Lamb (1972) is one of the few examples from that era.
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In reality, Lady Caroline Lamb was addicted to laudanum which is generally thought to be one of the contributing factors to her premature death. There is no reference to this addiction in the film.
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One of two back-to-back consecutive cinema movies where actress Sarah Miles portrayed a character with the title of "Lady". In The Hireling (1973), Miles played Lady Helen Franklin, whereas in her previous film, Miles played the title character of Lady Caroline Lamb (1972).
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Writer-director Robert Bolt originally wanted longtime collaborator David Lean to direct this project from the screenplay that he penned. The two had previously collaborated on Doctor Zhivago (1965), Ryan's Daughter (1970) and Lawrence of Arabia (1962). However, Lean was not interested in doing this film, so Bolt directed the picture himself.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The film shows Lady Caroline dying "of a broken heart" as a young woman soon after her separation from her husband. In reality, she lived on into middle age, many years after the end of her marriage, and died more prosaically of influenza.
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