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The Virgin and the Gypsy (1970)

Film adaptation from the novel by D.H. Lawrence, discovered after the celebrated author's death in 1930, a romantic love story tells of a prim young English girl who is sexually attracted ... See full summary »

Director:

Christopher Miles

Writer:

Alan Plater (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joanna Shimkus ... Yvette
Franco Nero ... The Gypsy
Honor Blackman ... Mrs. Fawcett
Mark Burns Mark Burns ... Major Eastwood
Fay Compton ... Grandma
Maurice Denham ... The Rector
Kay Walsh ... Aunt Cissie
Imogen Hassall ... The Gypsy's Wife
Harriet Harper Harriet Harper ... Lucille
Norman Bird ... Uncle Fred
Jeremy Bulloch ... Leo
Roy Holder ... Bob
Margo Andrew Margo Andrew ... Ella
Jan Chappell Jan Chappell ... Mary (as Janet Chappell)
Helen Booth Helen Booth ... Cook
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Film adaptation from the novel by D.H. Lawrence, discovered after the celebrated author's death in 1930, a romantic love story tells of a prim young English girl who is sexually attracted to a seductively virile gypsy. The climatic dam burst is linked with the consummation of her desire. Written by alfiehitchie

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1970 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Virgem e o Cigano See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The film was made and released about forty years after its source novella by D.H. Lawrence had been first published posthumously in 1930. The story had been written by Lawrence in 1926 which was around forty-four years prior to this picture. See more »

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Inspired to dust off my Dexy's Midnight Runners collection
13 August 2003 | by petergolsonSee all my reviews

Browsing through and cataloguing my tapes just now (I genuinely had nothing better to do) I found this film 'The Virgin and the Gypsy', which I must have taped off channel 5 some time back for the sole purpose of forwarding through to the saucy bits, weapon at the ready and perched alertly over the remote.

Now that I'm too old for such shenanigans (and not living at home has taken away the 'someone-could-walk-in-at-any-minute' edge), I thought I'd actually watch the film.

To summarise, it's not that great, not that bad, some nice photography, I just found out the main bird is Mrs Sidney Poitier, she is very good looking in it, but provides very little amusement for adolescent armchair residents, especially in these days of the internet (where nothing less than a horse-midget combo will do). And I reckon the guy (the 'Gypsy' of the title) inspired Kevin Rowland's Dexy's 'look'.


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