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Under Milk Wood (1972)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  21 January 1973 (USA)
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This is a delightful if peculiar story of a day in the life of a small, Welsh fishing village called "Llareggub" (read it backwards). We meet a host of curious characters (and ghosts) ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
First Man
Rosie Probert
Captain Tom Cat
Myfanwy Price
Vivien Merchant ...
Mrs. Pugh
Mrs. Ogmore-Pritchard
Mog Edwards
Ryan Davies ...
Second Man
Gossamer Beynon
Ray Smith ...
Mr. Waldo
Michael Forest ...
Sinbad Sailor
Ann Beach ...
Polly Garter
Glynn Edwards ...
Mr. Cherry Owen
Bridget Turner ...
Mrs. Cherry Owen
Talfryn Thomas ...
Mr. Pugh


This is a delightful if peculiar story of a day in the life of a small, Welsh fishing village called "Llareggub" (read it backwards). We meet a host of curious characters (and ghosts) through the 'eyes' of Blind Captain cat. This is a true "Classic" of modern British writing with a wonderful, mischievous use of language. Written by Steve Crook <>

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21 January 1973 (USA)  »

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The ninth of eleven films that Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton starred in together. See more »


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Surreal and beautiful
19 March 2007 | by (Canada NW) – See all my reviews

Firstly you must remember that this was originally a play for voices. To fully appreciate this surreal movie you need to listen to a recording of Dylan Thomas' play beforehand.

The imagery in the movie totally worked for me. I was familiar with all the characters and was delighted how they were delineated on screen. The only performer I had "issues" with was Peter O'Toole as Captain Cat. He was obviously too young for the part - or his make-up was just not good enough. I enjoyed the way that the 2 Narrators were able to move around the town like ghostly interlopers, observing and describing the behaviour of the denizens. Using voice-over instead of direct speech added to the "other worldliness" feel of the whole. Such a shame that Richard Burton was allowed to monopolize the dialogue - Ryan Davies should have read more lines. Interesting to see Elizabeth Taylor (quite obviously in this due only to Welsh hubby Burton's involvement) playing the part of the popular local village prostitute no less. (For a sample of the same affection shown to Rosie Probert see "Never On Sunday" (1960) with Melina Mercouri.) Regarding the gratuitous menage-a-trois in the barn - if you view this as a surreal adaptation then the scene fits even though this was never written in the play.

A long time ago I read that it was common in these small isolated Welsh villages for the water supply to became contaminated with heavy metals

  • probably due to all the dams that were built in the valleys that
prevented the natural flow of water into the local wells. The result was that the local population suffered from a kind of pollution-induced madness. As the UK government provided no funding to find a cure these communities were fenced-in and the inhabitants allowed to live out their natural lives within the confines of their village. It is said that Dylan Thomas' play was describing this type of life. If you decide to watch this movie bear this in mind when considering the eccentricities displayed by the characters.

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