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Lady Caroline Lamb (1972)

A noblewoman (Sarah Miles) doomed to a loveless marriage falls into a scandalous affair with the dashing Lord Byron (Richard Chamberlain).

Director:

Robert Bolt

Writer:

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

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Cast

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 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
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A noblewoman (Sarah Miles) doomed to a loveless marriage falls into a scandalous affair with the dashing Lord Byron (Richard Chamberlain).

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England expected an affaire. Caroline gave them history.

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Drama | History | Romance

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PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Lady Caroline See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

It is common place nowadays for major movies to have no opening credits, save for the name of the movie. In 1972, this was extremely rare. This is one of the few examples from that era. See more »

Quotes

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 QI: Lenses (2014) See more »

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Lancers
(uncredited)
Music by Lacout
Arranged by Lawrence Ashmore
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Melodramatic & inaccurate
17 October 2000 | by z2214076See all my reviews

As a work of fiction, this is an unexceptional piece of melodrama with a familiar story: the heroine falls in love with a man who abandons her cruelly. Then she does it again, and finally dies miserable and alone. Unfortunately, the main characters in this story are *supposed* to be real people. In the course of presenting Caroline Lamb (played by his wife) as a woman wronged, Bolt rides roughshod over historical facts and turns a blind eye to some of her less noble moments. In particular Lord Byron, her sometime lover, is presented as a poorly researched caricature. (On the bright side, the crippled leg that plagued him throughout his life has miraculously vanished.)

It is true, as depicted in the film, that 'Caro' and Byron had an affair, and that Byron was the one to break it off as she became more and more obsessed with him. But the film completely fails to note that she went on to conduct a vicious campaign of revenge against him that lasted for considerably longer than the original affair, and played a major part in ruining his reputation in England with accusations of crimes up to and including murder. Byron was certainly a flawed human being, but Bolt magnifies and distorts those flaws while ignoring many of Lady Caroline's.

It appears that Bolt is more interested in making a good story than in representing the life of the real Caroline Lamb, which would be forgivable if he *had* created a good story. But there's nothing exceptional about this one, not even the costumes; just a run-of-the-mill "woman ruined by heartless men" tale. If it's 19th-century fiction you're after, a Jane Austen dramatization would be a better choice; if it's historical accuracy you like, you won't find it here.


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