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The L-Shaped Room (1962)

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A single, pregnant woman moves into a London boarding house where she meets a group of fellow misfits.

Director:

Bryan Forbes

Writers:

Lynne Reid Banks (based on an original novel by), Bryan Forbes (written for the screen by)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leslie Caron ... Jane
Anthony Booth ... Youth in Street
Avis Bunnage Avis Bunnage ... Doris
Patricia Phoenix Patricia Phoenix ... Sonia
Verity Edmett Verity Edmett ... Jane II
Tom Bell ... Toby
Cicely Courtneidge ... Mavis
Harry Locke Harry Locke ... Newsagent
Ellen Dryden ... Girl in Newsagent's
Emlyn Williams ... Dr. Weaver
Jennifer White Jennifer White ... Monica
Brock Peters ... Johnny
Gerry Duggan Gerry Duggan ... Bert
Joan Ingram Joan Ingram ... Woman in Park
Mark Eden ... Terry
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Storyline

Jane, a young French woman, pregnant and unmarried, takes a room in a seedy London boarding house, which is inhabited by an assortment of misfits. She considers getting an abortion, but is unhappy with this solution. She falls into a relationship with Toby, a struggling young writer who lives on the first floor. Eventually she comes to like her odd room, and makes friends with all the strange people in the house. But she still faces two problems: what to do with her baby, and what to do with Toby. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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"Sex is not a forbidden word!"

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Trivia

The Smiths open their album "The Queen Is Dead" with the scene of the character Mavis leading a chorus of "Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty". See more »

Goofs

Toby and Jane wait to cross a road as marchers go by. Toby is smoking a fresh cigarette. When they cross, his cigarette is gone and his hand is in his pocket. See more »

Quotes

Jane Fosset: You can't afford it.
Toby: I *know* I can't afford it. I can't afford *any* of the bloody decencies of life. I can't afford to take you out, I can't afford to buy you a proper Christmas present, I can't afford even to be able to tell you not to worry.
Toby: Look, I'm 28 years old, and I'm still living hand to mouth like a bloody tramp. I've been writing for ten years, I've written five stinking novels that nobody wants to wipe their behinds upon, and now you tell me I can't even afford a bottle of ...
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Referenced in The Pawnbroker (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty
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Written by A.J. Mills, Fred Godfrey and Bennett Scott
Sung by Cicely Courtneidge
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Forgotten, but marvelous
21 June 1999 | by Patsy-9See all my reviews

It's a shame this film has been all but forgotten. It's an excellent drama and character study, and features a career best performance from Leslie Caron, as an unwed pregnant French woman at a London boarding house. Though they all want her to get an abortion for various reasons, she refuses, and this forces them all to emerge from their shells and become a framework of friendship and love. The ending is sad, and just about perfect. The fact that time has neglected it is a true shame.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 1962 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The L-Shaped Room See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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