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Of Human Bondage (1964)

Approved | | Drama | 22 October 1964 (UK)
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A medical student becomes obsessed with his faithless lover.

Directors:

Ken Hughes (as Kenneth Hughes), Henry Hathaway | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Bryan Forbes (screenplay), W. Somerset Maugham (novel)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Kim Novak ... Mildred Rogers
Laurence Harvey ... Philip Carey
Robert Morley ... Dr. Jacobs
Siobhan McKenna ... Nora Nesbitt
Roger Livesey ... Thorpe Athelny
Jack Hedley ... Griffiths
Nanette Newman ... Sally Athelny
Ronald Lacey ... 'Matty' Mathews
Olive White Olive White ... Griffith's Girlfriend
Norman Smythe Norman Smythe ... Cadaver Room Attendant
David Morris David Morris ... Young Phillip Carey
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Storyline

Medical student Philip fall in love with Mildred, a waitress. Although she is a flirt, they have a love affair. But when Philip is told about her constant infidelity, they break up. Mildred quits her job and becomes a prostitute. But Philip is still in love with her. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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HE SWORE HE'D NEVER TOUCH HER AGAIN ... AND THEN SHE WHISPERED HIS NAME AND HE WAS LOST ... See more »

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Drama

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Trivia

Sue Lyon was mentioned for the female lead before Kim Novak was cast. See more »

Goofs

Although set in 1915 or thereabouts, Kim Novak sports the same tousled bouffant she wore in her contemporary films throughout the 1960s. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Some Like It Sexy (1969) See more »

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Theme from Of Human Bondage
Written by Ron Goodwin
Performed by David Rose And His Orchestra
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A surprising gem
9 October 2007 | by samhill5215See all my reviews

As others have likewise commented, it is unfortunate this version will inevitably be compared to the 1934 film, but I think it stands up very well on its own. I'm not a great fan of either Novak or Harvey and I was astonished at their performances. Novak was surprisingly good, with a fresh interpretation of Mildred the slut. She captured her kind side unlike Bette Davis who seemed all bad, all of the time. Harvey also surprised me with his take on the sensitive Philip. There is one scene that is etched in my mind: after sex Mildred has just told Philip that she is getting married and as Philip pulls away the camera focuses on Mildred's profile on the pillow. Her eyes capture her essence better than any other scene. She is simultaneously calculating, bitchy and concerned. Watch for it, it's worth a second look.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1964 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

W. Somerset Maugham's of Human Bondage See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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