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A Severed Head (1971)

R | | Comedy | 21 January 1971 (UK)
The wine taster and merchant Martin Lynch-Gibbon is married to the shallow and spoiled Antonia Lynch-Gibbon, and loves his mistress Georgie Hands. Antonia is under therapy with Martin's ... See full summary »

Director:

Dick Clement

Writers:

Iris Murdoch (novel), Iris Murdoch (play) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Lee Remick ... Antonia Lynch-Gibbon
Richard Attenborough ... Palmer Anderson
Ian Holm ... Martin Lynch-Gibbon
Claire Bloom ... Honor Klein
Jennie Linden ... Georgie Hands
Clive Revill ... Alexander Lynch-Gibbon
Ann Firbank ... Rosemary Lynch-Gibbon
Rosamund Greenwood Rosamund Greenwood ... Miss Seelhaft
Constance Lorne Constance Lorne ... Miss Hernshaw
Robert Gillespie ... Winking Patient
Katherine Parr Katherine Parr ... Receptionist
Nerys Hughes ... Nurse
Anne Jameson Anne Jameson ... Woman at Party (as Ann Jameson)
Yvette Rees ... Woman at Party
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Storyline

The wine taster and merchant Martin Lynch-Gibbon is married to the shallow and spoiled Antonia Lynch-Gibbon, and loves his mistress Georgie Hands. Antonia is under therapy with Martin's best friend, the psychiatrist Palmer Anderson. One day, Antonia decides to ask for a divorce from Martin, to live with Palmer, but they want to keep Martin as their friend. When Palmer's sister Dr. Honor Klein comes from Oxford to stay with her brother, she discloses the affair of Georgie, who was her student, and Martin to Palmer and Antonia. Meanwhile, Martin's brother Alexander Lynch-Gibbon has a love affair with Georgie, and Martin falls in unrequited love with Honor, but he discovers a secret about Palmer. Who will stay with whom in the end? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1971 (UK) See more »

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Affairs and Relations See more »

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Mono (RCA)

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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There was considerable difficulty in finding a director for this movie. The movie was actually shot in the Spring of 1969, but it was not until early 1971 that it was seen in its native Britain. See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening credits feature the main characters as children's dolls in a series of vignettes mounted on a turntable. See more »

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Referenced in McCloud: Top of the World, Ma! (1971) See more »

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La Rhonde with wit.
3 January 2003 | by maeanderSee all my reviews

This stylish sophisticated high comedy on sexual desire and the nature of love is highly recommended. Witty and charming, it boasts an outstanding cast of actors. Not your regular cup of tea, these three couples not only manage to swap mates a number of times between them; but manage to do it with such flair that you cannot help but enjoy the ride along the way.

It may not be everyone's taste, but if you are looking for something more than a run of the mill romantic comedy; this is for you. In some ways, it could be considered a version of "Bridget Jones Diaries" for people who have actually read Jane Austen and not just seen the adaptations. Murdoch was a powerhouse in her time, and this shows you why.


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