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The Fox (1967)

R | | 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 »

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Mark Rydell

Writers:

Lewis John Carlino (screenplay), Howard Koch (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

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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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

As of 2016 the house and barn seen in the film still stand, located at the end of Laskay Lane, Laskay, King Township, York, Ontario - north of Toronto. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Connections

Featured in Homo Promo (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Roll It Over
Music and Lyrics by Oscar Brand
Sung by Anne Heywood
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A film ahead of its time in handling lesbian issues
11 June 2005 | by DennisJOBrienSee all my reviews

"The Fox" is a rare cinematic gem that deserves to be appreciated by a wider audience today. At the very least, it needs to be released on DVD. I saw it in a theater when it first came out, and several times again when it was shown on the Bravo cable channel. I have read the book and feel this adaptation into a contemporary setting is without blemish. Production standards and acting quality are very high. The photography and musical score are excellent. Never did the Canadian winter wilderness seem so romantic.

Some have complained that this film is supposedly dated because of some alleged Hollywood idea in the 1960's that lesbianism should be frowned upon or seen as something that happens only when male partners are not available. That is simply not the case. The film follows the book. This is an intelligent, subtle, and very adult study of human sexuality. There is nothing cheap or tawdry about this picture. D. H. Lawrence had incredible intuitive observations into the motivations and desires of his characters' sexual lives. It is high class all the way.

The three talented lead actors (Sandy Dennis, Anne Heywood, Keir Dullea) can be very proud of their work in this "high-brow" art film. Highly recommended for everyone, not just gay audiences.


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