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The Fox (1967)

PG | | Drama | 7 February 1968 (USA)
Based on D.H. Lawrence's novella about two young women - sickly, chattering Jill Banford and quiet, strong Ellen March - who are trying, hopelessly, to run a chicken farm in Canada. A ... See full summary »


Mark Rydell


Lewis John Carlino (screenplay), Howard Koch (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Sandy Dennis ... Jill Banford
Anne Heywood ... Ellen March
Keir Dullea ... Paul Grenfell
Glynne Morris Glynne Morris ... Overstreet (as Glyn Morris)


Based on D.H. Lawrence's novella about two young women - sickly, chattering Jill Banford and quiet, strong Ellen March - who are trying, hopelessly, to run a chicken farm in Canada. A gentle but powerful man named Paul Grenfell who used to live on their farm returns and puts things in order. But his proposal of marriage to Ellen awakens the homosexuality dormant in the girls: Jill uses her weakness to make Ellen feel protective, and the women become active lovers. Written by alfiehitchie

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The Fox ... symbol of the male. See more »




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This film was rated "R" on its initial release in 1968. It was re-edited in 1973 to obtain a "PG" rating, and this is the version shown on Turner Classic Movies - rated TV14-S. See more »


Throughout the movie, the fox is referred to as male. After the fox has been shot, it is shown strung up by its hind legs before Paul starts skinning it, and you can see it is actually a vixen. See more »


Paul Grenfell: [to Jill] How come you've never married? You're not bad looking... You've never had a man. That's your problem.
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Referenced in 42nd Street Forever! Volume 1: Horror on 42nd Street (2004) See more »


That Night
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Sung by Sally Stevens
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Way ahead of its time!
16 November 2000 | by verna55See all my reviews

Based on a D.H. Lawrence novella, this daring drama about a pair of lesbians(Sandy Dennis and Anne Heywood) and what transpires when a male stranger(Keir Dullea) enters their lives is one of Hollywood's finest attempts to bring a literary genius and one of his finest creations to the screen. It's a magnificent achievement. The original story(written in 1918) has been modernized, which, of course, means that the sexual themes have been made more explicit. Surprisingly, this doesn't hurt the dramatic impact of the story one bit(let's face it, so many great literary works have been botched up when adapted for the movie screen), and, in some ways, the updating even adds to it. A fine scripting job by Lewis John Carlino and Howard Koch. The performances by the two femmes are striking, with top honors going to the great Sandy Dennis who, although ladylike, is the more dominant party of the relationship. Lalo Schifrin's haunting score received a much deserved Oscar nomination. Released just before they started issuing MPAA ratings, this film nevertheless features some steamy scenes. The film would probably qualify for an "R" rating, even by today's standards. Not for all tastes, but required viewing for those who are game. ****!

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Release Date:

7 February 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

D.H. Lawrence's The Fox See more »

Filming Locations:

Unionville, Ontario, Canada See more »


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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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