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Quest for Love (1971)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 29 October 1971 (Ireland)
After a scientific experiment goes horribly wrong during a demonstration, a scientist finds himself trapped in an alternative reality that bears some similarities to our own, but also has ... See full summary »

Director:

Ralph Thomas

Writers:

Terence Feely (screenplay), John Wyndham (short story: "Random Quest")
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Collins ... Ottilie Harsham Trafford / Tracy Fletcher
Tom Bell ... Colin Trafford
Denholm Elliott ... Tom Lewis
Laurence Naismith ... Sir Henry Larnstein
Geraldine Gardner Geraldine Gardner ... Sylvia (as Trudi Van Doorn)
Geraldine Moffat ... Stella (as Geraldine Moffatt)
David Weston ... Johnny Prescott
Dudley Foster Dudley Foster ... Grimshaw
Juliet Harmer ... Geraldine Lambert
Ray McAnally ... Jack Kahn
Lyn Ashley Lyn Ashley ... Jennifer
Neil McCallum Neil McCallum ... Jimmy
Angus MacKay Angus MacKay ... Dr. Rankin (as Angus Mackay)
Bernard Horsfall ... Telford
Edward Cast Edward Cast ... Jenkins
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After a scientific experiment goes horribly wrong during a demonstration, a scientist finds himself trapped in an alternative reality that bears some similarities to our own, but also has some striking differences. In this other reality, World War II had never occurred, mankind had not yet travelled into space, and Mt. Everest had not yet been conquered, just to name a few things. Also in this other reality, he is no longer a scientist, but rather a well-known author. He also finds that he is married to a beautiful woman with whom he instantly falls in love, but for whom his alternate self never cared. He has some difficulty convincing anyone that he is not actually who they think he is. With the help of a physics professor who believes his story, he finally manages to convince his "wife" that he is not the man she knew before. After a personal tragedy in this alternative world, he finds himself back in his own world and desperately trying to locate the woman with whom he fell in love... Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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In the parallel universe, neither World War II nor the Vietnam War ever happened. See more »

Goofs

Tom Bell and Joan Collins get in a car parked by the Royal Albert Hall but the scene behind the car switches to an obviously a projected background as the recognisable Dorchester Hotel in Park Lane is clearly seen. See more »

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References The Avengers: Dragonsfield (1961) See more »

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A modest but entertaining romance set in a parallel world.
27 February 2004 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

'Quest For Love' is an interesting oddity - a romance set in a parallel world. I haven't read the Wyndham story it's based on so I don't know how faithful it is, but it's an entertaining little movie with some nice performances. Tom Bell plays a physicist who suddenly finds himself in an alternate England after a scientific experiment. He learns that WW2 never happened, man never landed on the moon,etc. but the differences in this other England are never explored and mean little to plot. The focus is on Bell's relationship with Joan Collins. In his own world Bell is single and a scientist, in this other world he is a successful writer and married to Collins who despises him. Bell immediately falls in love with his "wife" and tries to convince her that he isn't who she thinks he is. Both Bell and Collins give good performances, and Collins looks absolutely lovely. Denholm Elliott appears in both worlds, one as his friend, in the other he loathes him. I assume the budget of this movie was modest. There are no special effects and it's almost like an episode of TV fantasy anthology. Even so I enjoyed it for what it was. If you want to watch a slightly earlier British movie with a similar premise try and see 'Journey To The Far Side Of The Sun' a.k.a. 'Doppelganger'. It however isn't a romance and is much bleaker. It's the stronger of the two movies but 'Quest For Love' is still worth watching, especially if you're a romantic.


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