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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 »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... June Buckridge
... Alice 'Childie' McNaught
... Mercy Croft
... Leo Lockhart
... Betty Thaxter
Hugh Paddick ... Freddie
... Ted Baker
Sivi Aberg ... Diana
... Floor Manager
Elaine Church ... Marlene
... Bert Turner
Mike Freeman ... Noel
Maggie Paige ... Maid
... Deputy Commissioner
Dolly Taylor ... Tea Lady
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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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Das Doppelleben der Sister George  »

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Trivia

The signpost on the 'Applehurst' set places the fictional village in the same place as the real village of Finchingfield, Essex, UK. 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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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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Monumental performance by Reid
27 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

this is a showcase for some magnificent acting....it doesn't seem at all homophobic , but rather immensely poignant and sad...and in what other film do you get to see a great lesbian band in matching sweaters and guitars (good solo!) Difficult at the beginning, just seems shallow and bitchy, but stick with it and watch Beryl Reid's character disintegrate....the final scene reminded me of "The Blue Angel" or "The Entertainer" in its shattering degradation...congrats to Aldrich for having the guts to make this movie, I think it stands the test of time rather well. Coral Browne is also magnificent, and York holds her own. The lesbian bar scene is worth waiting for.


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