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Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)

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The emotional intricacies of a polyamorous relationship between young artist Bob and his two lovers: a lonely male doctor and a frustrated female office worker.


John Schlesinger


Penelope Gilliatt (screenplay)
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Finch ... Daniel Hirsh
Glenda Jackson ... Alex Greville
Murray Head ... Bob Elkin
Peggy Ashcroft ... Mrs. Greville
Tony Britton ... Mr. Harding
Maurice Denham ... Mr. Greville
Bessie Love ... Answering Service Lady
Vivian Pickles ... Alva Hodson
Frank Windsor ... Bill Hodson
Thomas Baptiste ... Prof. Johns
Richard Pearson ... Patient
June Brown June Brown ... Woman Patient
Hannah Norbert Hannah Norbert ... Daniel's Mother
Harold Goldblatt Harold Goldblatt ... Daniel's Father
Marie Burke ... Aunt Astrid


Divorced working woman Alex and well-to-do Jewish family doctor Daniel Hirsh share not only the same answering service but also the favours of young Bob Elkin who bed-hops between them as the mood takes him. Both Alex and Dr Hirsh are aware of the other's existence but prefer to live with the situation rather than risk losing Elkin completely. But a wet winter weekend in London can be difficult. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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It's about three decent people. They will break your heart.




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Did You Know?


Ian Bannen was fired from the role of Daniel Hirsh shortly after filming began. Apparently, he was so nervous about what kissing another actor on screen might do to his career, he could not concentrate enough to even get going with the part. He later said that losing the role set back his career. See more »


Aunt Astrid: Daniel, darling. You're looking very spruce.
[intercepts a canapé]
Aunt Astrid: Have one of these. Now, tell me when are *you* going to give us all a nice surprise?
Daniel: [baffled] Auntie...
Aunt Astrid: Still holding out on us... well, it's terribly selfish of you. You *are* going to be very, very lonely...
Daniel: I just haven't found the right person yet.
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Referenced in Beyond Therapy (1987) See more »


The Trio from Mozart's
Così Fan Tutte"
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Mozart) (uncredited)
Sung by Pilar Lorengar Yvonne Minton Barry McDaniel
Daniel listens to a phonograph recording of the opera while alone in his living room on Friday night; also played over the end credits
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slow sad love triangle
8 October 2014 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Alex Greville (Glenda Jackson) is a London divorced working mom who is having an affair with modern sculptor Bob Elkin (Murray Head). Daniel Hirsh (Peter Finch) is a traditional Jewish doctor who is suffering from mysterious pains and is also having an affair with Elkin. Both know about the other relationship as well as having mutual friends. Both are willing to live with the situation but it can't really last.

For all the affairs going on, this movie is very cold. All three people are a little emotionally dead inside. It's not a fun movie. It does not make this a compelling watch. Their relationships are like slow sleepwalking in sadness. The constant emotional self-destruction grounded me down.

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21 September 1971 (USA) See more »

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