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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

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Frank Marcus's play was inspired by a real-life incident which attracted much media attention in Britain in the early 1960s. A radio soap opera, "Mrs. Dale's Diary", had been running since the 1940s when the BBC suddenly decided to replace the leading actors and move the setting to a new town, with new supporting characters. The actress who had played Mrs. Dale for so long, Ellis Powell, never recovered from this career blow and died relatively soon afterwards, mostly as a result of alcoholism. See more »

Quotes

George: Anyway, where were you when I phoned you at the office?
Alice: I told you Mr. Katz gave us the day off; it's a Jewish holiday.
George: Oh, really? what holiday?
Alice: I don't know... Feast of the Contamination, or something.
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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 »

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Still powerful, relevant, and sensuous
30 July 2003 | by julikellSee all my reviews

This movie is a heck of a lot more relevant than more recent films dealing with lesbianism -- the shallow, lame DESERT HEARTS comes to mind. Though over two hours long, TKOSG held me with little effort. The action moved freely from the studio to the apartment to the pub. And the seduction scene was totally erotic and ... well ... never mind. Was this particular scene overly long? Only to a generation raised on sex scenes which rarely last as long as it takes to cook a three-minute egg. Explicit? Grow up!

And the performances ... wow! I had no problem with the hold George had over Childie, with Beryl Reid's superior portrayal complemented perfectly by Susannah York's fragile and, at the same time, forceful Childie. I must admit, York was a bit over the top in the beginning, but I wouldn't say that if I didn't count her as one of my all-time favorite actresses. And how about Coral Browne -- she was sensational! Sublty menacing, eerily sensuous -- and when I realized this was the same woman from AUNTIE MAME and LYLA CLARE, well, I nearly fell off my chair. I love this lady!


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