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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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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

Alice: I use half a level teaspoon of bicarbonated soda.
Mercy Croft: Now you're giving away trade secrets.
Alice: And one level teaspoon of cream of tartar.
George: Shut up.
Alice: And one egg.
George: Shut up!
Alice: Some people prefer two eggs but I think one's enough.
George: SHUT UP!
Mercy Croft: Now then girls! Girls...
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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 Laugh-In: Episode #3.4 (1969) See more »

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Beryl Reid gives a terrific performance in this overlooked comedy drama from Robert Aldrich, one of Hollywood's most underrated directors.
15 January 2004 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

Robert Aldrich is a director who rarely gets the attention he deserves. Ridiculously versatile he made the fascinating Film Noir 'Kiss Me Deadly', the gothic black comedy 'Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?', and the macho "tough guys on a mission" action classic 'The Dirty Dozen' to name just three in a long career. Just to emphasize that he could do just about anything, one of the first movies he made after 'The Dirty Dozen' was 'The Killing Of Sister George'. It's hard to imagine two more different movies! George is a very English picture about a much loved soap opera star (played by Beryl Reid) who has to juggle a career crisis with a complex lesbian relationship (her lover being played by Susanna York). Reid was well known to British audiences through her TV work, especially a couple of highly popular John Le Carre adaptations. Reid originated the Sister George role on the stage and she really makes the most of it in this movie. Her performance is terrific, hilariously bitchy and also very sad and pathetic. York is also good, and the lesbian subject matter must have been very shocking for the time. It may look a little dated now, but in context it is quite sensitively handled. There are some great actors in the supporting cast, most notably Coral Browne ('Theatre Of Blood') who plays a TV producer who has her eye on York. 'The Killing Of Sister George' deserves a bigger audience. I highly recommend it and hope that anyone who enjoys it looks further into the career of the Robert Aldrich, a seriously underrated film maker!


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