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Brotherly Love (1970)

Country Dance (original title)
R | | Drama | 22 April 1970 (USA)
Controversial tragicomedy about a brother's obsessive love for his sister. Having left her husband, Hilary moves in with her unbalanced brother, Pink, who uses wit and humor to hide his amorous yearnings.

Director:

J. Lee Thompson

Writers:

James Kennaway (novel), James Kennaway (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter O'Toole ... Sir Charles Ferguson
Susannah York ... Hilary Dow
Michael Craig ... Douglas Dow
Harry Andrews ... Brig. Crieff
Cyril Cusack ... Dr. Maitland
Judy Cornwell ... Rosie
Brian Blessed ... Jack Baird
Robert Urquhart ... Auctioneer
Mark Malicz Mark Malicz ... Benny-the-Pole
Jean Anderson ... Matron
Lennox Milne Lennox Milne ... Miss Mailer
Helena Gloag Helena Gloag ... Auntie Belle
Marjorie Dalziel Marjorie Dalziel ... Bank Lizzie
Marjorie Christie Marjorie Christie ... Bun Mackenzie
Rona Newton-John Rona Newton-John ... Miss Scott
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Controversial tragicomedy about a brother's obsessive love for his sister. Having left her husband, Hilary moves in with her unbalanced brother, Pink, who uses wit and humor to hide his amorous yearnings.

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brotherly Love See more »

Filming Locations:

Perthshire, Scotland, UK See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The writer James Kennaway, who wrote the novel " Household Ghosts " on which the movie is based, died in a car crash, after driving home from a meeting with Peter O'Toole about the script for " Brotherly Love". He was just 40. See more »

Quotes

Sir Charles Ferguson: Remember the nice things. Reared in exile by a card-cheating, scandal ruined daddy. A mummy who gave us gin for milk. Ours was such a beautifully disgusting childhood.
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Love Is the Sweetest Thing
Performed by Al Bowlly
Music and Lyrics by Ray Noble
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Quirky...
12 July 2006 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

This movie was a rather odd viewing experience. The movie is obviously based on a play. Now I'm sure that everything in this movie works out just fine in a play but for in a movie it just doesn't feel terribly interesting enough to watch. The movie is way too 'stagey' and they didn't even bothered to change some of the dialog to make it more fitting for a movie. Instead what is presented now is an almost literally re-filming of a stage-play, with over-the-top characters and staged dialog. Because of all this the storyline really doesn't work out and the movie becomes an almost complete bore- and obsolete viewing experience.

It takes a while before you figure out that this is a comedy you're watching. At first you think its a drama you're watching, with quirky characters in it but as the movie progresses you'll notice that the movie is more a tragicomedy, that leans really more toward the comedy genre, rather than the drama genre.

The characters and dialog are really the things that make this movie a quirky and over-the-top one that at times really become unwatchable. Sure, the actors are great; Peter O'Toole and Susannah York, amongst others but they don't really uplift the movie to a level of 'watchable enough'.

The story feels totally disorientated. Basicaly the story is about nothing and just mainly focuses on the brother/sister characters played by Peter O'Toole and Susannah York. But what exactly is the story even about? The movie feels like a pointless and obsolete one that has very little to offer. Like I said before; I'm sure the story is good and interesting to watch on stage but as a movie it really isn't fitting and simply doesn't work out.

The editing is simply dreadful and times and it becomes even laughable bad in certain sequences.

More was to expect from director J. Lee Thompson, who has obviously done far better movies than this rather failed, stage-play translated to screen, project.

Really not worth your time.

4/10

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