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The French Lieutenant's Woman ()


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Anna and Mike portray two characters in a film set in 19th century England who fall in love despite the fact that Mike's character is engaged.

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Sarah and Anna
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Charles and Mike
Hilton McRae ...
Sam
Emily Morgan ...
Mary
Charlotte Mitchell ...
Mrs. Tranter
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Ernestina
Jean Faulds ...
Cook
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Mr. Freeman
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Vicar
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Mrs. Fairley
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Mrs. Poulteney
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Dairyman
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Dr. Grogan
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Girl on Undercliff
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Boy on Undercliff
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Dr. Grogan's Housekeeper
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Asylum Keeper
Edward Duke ...
Nathaniel
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Sir Tom
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Delivery Boy
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3rd Assistant
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Montague
Toni Palmer ...
Mrs. Endicott
Cecily Hobbs ...
Betty Anne
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Lady on Train
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Murphy
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Grimes
Gérard Falconetti ...
Davide (as Gerard Falconetti)
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Sonia
Joanna Joseph ...
Lizzie
Jude Alderson ...
Red Haired Prostitute (as Judith Alderson)
Cora Kinnaird ...
2nd Prostitute
Orlando Fraser ...
Tom Elliott
Fredrika Morton ...
Girl
Alice Maschler ...
2nd Girl
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Dickins ...
Fisherman (uncredited)
Peter Fraser ...
Clerk (uncredited)
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Actress at Wrap Party (uncredited)
Vicky Ireland ...
(uncredited)
Janet Rawson ...
(uncredited)
John Simpkin ...
Maid's Boyfriend (uncredited)
Clare Travers-Deacon ...
(uncredited)

Directed by

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Karel Reisz

Written by

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John Fowles ... (novel)
 
Harold Pinter ... (screenplay)
 
Karel Reisz ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

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Leon Clore ... producer
Geoffrey Helman ... associate producer
Tom Maschler ... associate producer

Music by

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Carl Davis

Cinematography by

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Freddie Francis ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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John Bloom

Editorial Department

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Jeremy Hume ... assistant editor
Chris Kennedy ... second assistant editor
Chris Ridsdale ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Patsy Pollock

Production Design by

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Assheton Gorton

Art Direction by

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Allan Cameron
Norman Dorme
Terry Pritchard

Set Decoration by

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Ann Mollo

Costume Design by

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Tom Rand

Makeup Department

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Sue Barradell ... make-up
Simon Thompson ... hairdresser

Production Management

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Chris Burt ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Richard Hoult ... assistant director
Peter Kohn ... second assistant director
Mathew Simmons ... third assistant director
Paul Tivers ... third assistant director

Art Department

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Trisha Edwards ... property buyer (as Tricia Edwards)
Dennis Fruin ... property master
Toddy Roche ... property buyer (as Toddie Roche)
Sally Scott ... artist: Sarah's drawings
Fred Walker ... construction manager
Andy Aitken ... plasterer (uncredited)
Mark Fruin ... stand-by propman (uncredited)
Cliff Robinson ... assistant art director (uncredited)
Peter Russell ... junior draughtsman (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Rocky Phelan ... sound assistant
Bill Rowe ... sound re-recordist
Don Sharpe ... sound editor
Ivan Sharrock ... sound recordist
Ken Weston ... boom operator
Don Banks ... sound camera (uncredited)
Lionel Strutt ... adr mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Alan Bryce ... special effects
Nobby Clark ... special effects (as Nobby Clarke)
Paul Corbould ... special effects (uncredited)
Ricky Farns ... special effects (uncredited)
John Humphreys ... sculptor (uncredited)
Garth Inns ... special effects (uncredited)
Michael White ... special effects technician (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Nick Wass ... optical cameraman (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Alan Annand ... clapper loader
Frank Connor ... still photographer
Jim Dawes ... grip
Phil Gries ... behind the scenes cameraman
Gordon Hayman ... camera operator
Roy Larner ... gaffer
Tim Ross ... focus puller
Steve Blake ... electrician (uncredited)
John Matthews ... best boy (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Maureen Booth ... wardrobe assistant
Austin Cooper ... wardrobe assistant
Brenda Dabbs ... wardrobe supervisor
Joanna Johnston ... assistant to costume designer

Location Management

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David Barron ... location manager
Barry Beckett ... location manager
Peter Dolman ... location manager

Music Department

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Carl Davis ... conductor (uncredited)
Brian Gascoigne ... music arranger: additional arrangements (uncredited)
Christopher Palmer ... music assistant: Carl Davis (uncredited)
John Richards ... music engineer (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Kay Fenton ... continuity

Transportation Department

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Richard Booz ... transportation captain
Colin Morris ... personal driver / personal driver: Meryl streep

Additional Crew

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Len Cave ... production accountant
Mon Mohan ... title designer
Julia Robinson ... production assistant
John William Ault ... film extra (uncredited)
Mark Mostyn ... runner (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

A movie is being made of a story, set in nineteenth century England, about Charles, a paleontologist who's engaged to be married, but who falls in love with outcast Sarah, whose melancholy makes her leave him after a short, but passionate affair. Anna (Meryl Streep) and Mike (Jeremy Irons), who play the characters of Sarah and Charles, go, during the shooting of the movie, through a relationship that runs parallel to that of their characters. Written by Leon Wolters

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Taglines She was lost from the moment she saw him. See more »
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Also Known As
  • La maîtresse du lieutenant français (France)
  • Die Geliebte des französischen Leutnants (Germany)
  • La mujer del teniente francés (Spain)
  • La dona del tinent francès (Spain, Catalan title)
  • 法国中尉的女人 (China, Mandarin title)
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  • 124 min
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Trivia The novel "The French Lieutenant's Woman" (1969) does not feature the subplot of the actors and actresses playing the parts in a modern day movie. The novel did, however, feature three alternate endings, from which readers could choose their favorite. Creating two parallel story lines allowed the filmmakers to include two of those endings, one happy and one tragic. See more »
Goofs While at the house in the Lake District, the reaction to Sarah being pushed to the ground by Charles is genuine. Meryl Streep actually hits her head on the floor and when Jeremy Irons acknowledges, she nods, giggles, and reorients herself in position next to him. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in 39th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1982). See more »
Soundtracks Adagio from Sonata in D, K 576 See more »
Quotes Anna: [reads from a book] In 1857, it's estimated there were 80,000 prostitutes in the county of London.
Mike: Yeah?
Anna: Out of every 60 houses, one was a brothel.
Mike: Hoo, hoo, hoo.
Anna: At a time when the male population of London of all ages was one and a quarter million, the prostitutes were receiving clients at a rate of two million per week.
Mike: Two million?
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