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The Rainbow (1989)

A young woman deals in her own personal way with the trials of adolescence and young adulthood in early 1900s England.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Gable ...
Dudley Sutton ...
Mr. Brunt (as Ken Colley)
Glenda McKay ...
Mark Owen ...
Jim Richards
Ralph Nossek ...
Molly Russell ...
Molly Brangwen


Ken Russell's loose adaptation of the last part of D.H. Lawrence's "The Rainbow" sees impulsive young Ursula coming of age in pastoral England around the time of the Boer War. At school, she is introduced to lovemaking by a bisexual physical education instructress. While experiencing disillusionment in her first career attempt (teaching), she has an affair with a young Army officer, who wants to marry her. Unable to accept a future of domesticity, she breaks with him, and eventually leaves home in search of her destiny. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

26 May 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El arco iris  »

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$444,055 (USA)

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1.66 : 1
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After The Lair of the White Worm (1988), this was Sammi Davis and Ken Russell's second and final collaboration. See more »


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Music by Johann Strauss
Arranged by Keith Wilkinson
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29 December 2004 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This film features two very Strong leads and They were not ashamed to have equality in all things even sex as the men did. Those not familiar with these times a women could be a Married or an old maid. As for work teacher,actress,nurse,novelist,strumpet or Nun were the varied career choices. As for what women had to say well it was re-expression of the views or opinions of the husband or father.( see Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House)

As it is an art film it has some fornication and nudity scenes that some moralists will find pornographic for it is "pleasures of the flesh".

This is a prequel to Women in Love. neat Point,in the story Gudrun Brangwen mothers', Anna Brangwen played is played Glenda Jackson who played Gudrun Brangwen in Women in Love.

So if you like period film get both movies and have a double feature.

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