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The Killing of Sister George (1968)

X | | Drama | March 1969 (UK)
George lives with her lover, Childie and plays a cheerful district nurse in a BBC soap opera. However, her character is to be killed off, and George realises that the only other job she can... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Aldrich

Writers:

Frank Marcus (from the play by), Lukas Heller (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Beryl Reid ... June Buckridge
Susannah York ... Alice 'Childie' McNaught
Coral Browne ... Mercy Croft
Ronald Fraser ... Leo Lockhart
Patricia Medina ... Betty Thaxter
Hugh Paddick Hugh Paddick ... Freddie
Cyril Delevanti ... Ted Baker
Sivi Aberg Sivi Aberg ... Diana
William Beckley ... Floor Manager
Elaine Church Elaine Church ... Marlene
Brendan Dillon ... Bert Turner
Mike Freeman Mike Freeman ... Noel
Maggie Paige Maggie Paige ... Maid
Jack Raine ... Deputy Commissioner
Dolly Taylor Dolly Taylor ... Tea Lady
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Storyline

George lives with her lover, Childie and plays a cheerful district nurse in a BBC soap opera. However, her character is to be killed off, and George realises that the only other job she can get is the voice of a cow in a children's tv programme. Her life begins to fall apart as Childie has an affair with a predatory tv producer. Written by Paul Baker <bakerjp@unix.lancs.ac.uk>

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The story of three consenting adults in the privacy of their own home.

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Drama

Certificate:

X | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Doppelleben der Sister George See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bette Davis was reportedly very keen to land the part of Sister George. See more »

Quotes

Alice: What are you doing?
George: I'm writing something very obscene about the British Broadcasting Corporation.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, the picture distractingly flips from left to right as the main character travels through claustrophobia-inducing alleyways. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #2.25 (1969) See more »

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an overlooked gem...
30 March 2004 | by G-R-LeaSee all my reviews

I did not see the stage play upon which this film is based (too young) but, based on its own merits, this film surely deserves a closer look.

The central trio of performers (Reid, York, Browne) provide career "bests" and there are some amusing vignettes from the others (Fraser, in particular, as a truly odious soap actor).

The much-discussed sex scene is, by today's standards (and, it would seem, even those of the 1960s stage play), tame, but its real value as a display of the shift of power between the three central characters is very neatly worked through in the closing quarter.

The final five minutes of (self-) destruction is heartbreaking, with excellent use made of the music track.

In short: miss it and miss out.


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