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Lady Caroline Lamb (1972)

A noblewoman doomed to a loveless marriage falls into a scandalous affair with the dashing Lord Byron.


Robert Bolt


Robert Bolt
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Miles ... Lady Caroline Lamb
Jon Finch ... William Lamb
Richard Chamberlain ... Lord Byron
John Mills ... Canning
Margaret Leighton ... Lady Melbourne
Pamela Brown ... Lady Bessborough
Silvia Monti ... Miss Milbanke
Ralph Richardson ... George IV
Laurence Olivier ... Duke of Wellington
Caterina Boratto
Peter Bull ... Minister
Charles Carson ... Potter
Sonia Dresdel ... Lady Pont
Nicholas Field Nicholas Field ... St. John
Felicity Gibson Felicity Gibson ... Girl in Blue


A noblewoman doomed to a loveless marriage falls into a scandalous affair with the dashing Lord Byron.

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Her notorious affairs provoked a scandal that shocked an age not easily shocked See more »


Drama | History | Romance


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Did You Know?


In reality, Lady Caroline Lamb was addicted to laudanum, which is generally thought to be one of the contributing factors to her premature death. There is no reference to this addiction in this movie. See more »


Members of Parliament do not applaud speeches. See more »


Buckham: [Caroline and Buckham have been watching Byron bare-knuckle boxing] Haven't seen you about, milord.
Lord Byron: No sir, haven't been about.
Lady Caroline Lamb: Where *have* you been?
Lord Byron: I've been in Turkey.
Lady Caroline Lamb: Turkey? Was Turkey interesting?
Lord Byron: Yes ma'am, very.
Buckham: Was that where you learned to fight like a *savage*?
Lord Byron: No sir, I learned that at Harrow.
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Referenced in The Films of Robert Bolt (1972) See more »


Music by Lacout
Arranged by Lawrence Ashmore
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A sherry-trifle of a bio-pic from '71-72
27 August 2019 | by mark-rojinskySee all my reviews

A sherry-trifle of a bio-pic and period drama from '71-72, Lady Caroline Lamb captures the pneuma of 1972 - that greyest of hippie years so well. The early-'70s were pioneering years and 1972 was the year that saw the release of Andrey Tarkovsky's Solaris, Bill Douglas' My Ain Folk, Jack Couffer's The Darwin Adventure and Charlton Heston's Antony & Cleopatra. The scenes filmed in Italy at twilight at a palazzo and Roman amphitheatre are very evocative and have a sense of enchantment and stillness as do some of the interior shots featuring Lady Caroline and Richard Chamberlain's Lord Byron, while the score composed by English composer Richard Rodney Bennett is quite superb . Maudlin and melodramatic - Sarah Miles in appearance in some scenes prefigures the punk style of the mid-'70s - she sports a shock of grey/pinkish spiky hair. Jon Finch [Macbeth (1971) and Frenzy (1972) is good as the liberal Lord Melbourne while Sir Laurence Olivier's flair performance as the Duke of Wellington is splendid:- he sports a royal blue silk sash, Regency-Era wavy chestnut hair and a hooked putty false nose and is every inch the classical figure from the Age of Reason. Sir Ralph Richardson ( an actor born in 1902) as King George IV is both lyrical and amusing.

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Release Date:

22 November 1972 (UK) See more »

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Lady Caroline Lamb See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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2.35 : 1
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