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Women in Love (1969)

Two best friends fall in love with a pair of women, but the relationships soon go in very different directions.

Director:

Ken Russell

Writers:

D.H. Lawrence (novel), Larry Kramer (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Bates ... Rupert Birkin
Oliver Reed ... Gerald Crich
Glenda Jackson ... Gudrun Brangwen
Jennie Linden ... Ursula Brangwen
Eleanor Bron ... Hermione Roddice
Alan Webb Alan Webb ... Thomas Crich
Vladek Sheybal ... Loerke
Catherine Willmer Catherine Willmer ... Mrs. Crich
Phoebe Nicholls ... Winifred Crich (as Sarah Nicholls)
Sharon Gurney ... Laura Crich
Christopher Gable Christopher Gable ... Tibby Lupton
Michael Gough ... Mr. Brangwen
Norma Shebbeare Norma Shebbeare ... Mrs. Brangwen
Nike Arrighi Nike Arrighi ... Contessa
James Laurenson ... Minister
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Storyline

The battle of the sexes and relationships among the elite of Britain's industrial Midlands in the 1920s. Gerald Crich and Rupert Berkin are best friends who fall in love with a pair of sisters Gudrun, a sculptress and Ursula Brangwen, a schoolteacher. Rupert marries Ursula, Gerald begins a love affair with Gudrun, and the foursome embarks upon a Swiss honeymoon. But the relationships take markedly different directions, as Russell explores the nature of commitment and love. Rupert and Ursula learn to give themselves to each other; the more withdrawn Gerald cannot, finally, connect with the demanding and challenging Gudrun. Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines:

The relationship between four sensual people is limited: They must find a new way.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

25 March 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love See more »

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Budget:

$1,600,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Brandywine Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.75: 1
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Trivia

Carol White turned down the role of Ursula, despite being reportedly offered £10,000 to play the role. See more »

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Ursula is seen toasting pre-sliced bread in front of the fire. Pre-sliced bread wasn't invented until 1928, eight years after the action. See more »

Quotes

Rupert Birkin: I'm sorry if I spoiled your dance. It was an act of pure spontaneity.
Hermione Roddice: My ass!
Rupert Birkin: You can't bear anything to be spontaneous, can you? Cause then its no longer in your power. You must clutch things and have them in your power. And why? Because you haven't got any real body, any dark, sensual body of life! All you've got is your will and your lust for power!
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Soundtracks

Pomp and Circumstance March No.1 in D
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Music by Edward Elgar
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I prefer to just stick the whole fig into my mouth.
18 July 2008 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

At first glance, Ken Russell's "Women in Love" may look like one of the many movies exploring the new permissiveness of the silver screen (and in fact it got released around the same time as "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice"). But it is also important to pay attention to its focus on England's class system. In my opinion, probably the most effective scene is during the opening credits, as Gudrun (Glenda Jackson) and Ursula Brangwen (Jennie Lind) - both dressed in fancy aristocratic clothes - walk through an economically depressed neighborhood, barely if at all moved by the poverty surrounding them. Of course, it's hard not to remember Rupert Birkin (Alan Bates) and Gerald Crich (Oliver Reed) fighting each other. That scene probably goes to show the falsity of the rich English lifestyle: they act like these refined individuals, but the whole time they're ready to explode. Back when D.H. Lawrence wrote the novel, he probably never guessed that the movie would look like this.

All in all, this is certainly one that I recommend. I often say that the period from about 1967 to 1973 saw some of the greatest movies released, and this backs that up. Also starring Eleanor Bron (the woman in "Help!") and Michael Gough (Alfred in the Batman movies from 1989 to 1997).

I've never heard of people cutting open figs and eating only the inside. I've always just eaten the whole fig.


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