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Lady Chatterley's Lover (1981)

R | | Drama, Romance | 7 May 1982 (USA)
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A film adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's novel. After a crippling injury leaves her husband impotent, Lady Chatterly is torn between her love for her husband and her physical desires. With her ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sylvia Kristel ... Lady Constance Chatterley
Shane Briant ... Sir Clifford Chatterley
Nicholas Clay ... Oliver Mellors
Ann Mitchell ... Ivy Bolton
Elizabeth Spriggs ... Lady Eva
Pascale Rivault ... Hilda
Peter Bennett Peter Bennett ... Field
Anthony Head ... Anton
Frank Moorey Frank Moorey ... The Priest
Bessie Love ... Flora
John Tynan John Tynan ... Roberts
Michael Huston Michael Huston ... Footman
Fran Hunter Fran Hunter ... Maid
Michael Ryan Michael Ryan ... Gigolo (as Ryan Michael)
Mark Colleano ... Gigolo
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A film adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's novel. After a crippling injury leaves her husband impotent, Lady Chatterly is torn between her love for her husband and her physical desires. With her husband's consent, she seeks out other means of fulfilling her needs. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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She was beautiful and sensual, trapped in a loveless marriage. He was her husband's servant. Born into worlds as far apart, they found a passionate world of their own. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Language:

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7 May 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El amante de Lady Chatterley See more »

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Mono

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1.85 : 1
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Sylvia Kristel mandated that written into her contract was a clause that stipulated that this movie would be made tastefully and discretely enough for it to receive the equivalent of an A-rating in the UK (= PG in the USA and Australia). The movie ended up with an R Classification in Australia and the USA and an 18 / X Classification in the UK. See more »

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Hyacinth flowers are seen in the bedroom during mid autumn in Great Britain in the early 1920s. These plants bloom in the springtime. See more »

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Good-looking but dull
15 February 2014 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Lady Chatterley's Lover is understandably controversial but it is also a compelling read, though not a personal favourite. This film is not exactly terrible as there are some good things to see on display but the maligning it has gotten is as understandable as the book being controversial. The photography mostly has a nostalgic quality to it while the costumes and sets are exquisite in colour and detail. The score is seductive and hauntingly beautiful, Sylvia Kristel is a real beauty, the second half is an improvement over the first half with some appropriately steamy moments and Nicholas Clay as well as being astonishingly handsome and sexy is quite good as Oliver. Unfortunately Kristel's acting talents do not translate here, throughout she is very wooden and bland, while on the other side of the scale Shane Briant's hammy over-acting grates after a while. The supporting cast, and there are some talented actors here, are unable to do much with characters that are written to caricatures(blander than that in some cases). Some of the sexy moments are sensual but too many and most of them verge on lowbrow and too much like a porn film, the book is an explicit one but it's not that trashed up. The script is very underwritten and banal, it is difficult to take seriously anything that the actors say, while the storytelling is really dull with non-existent passion in the first half, the main reason being that while the basic story of the book is intact, the prose, characterisations and passion(mostly) are barely scarce. Some of the editing looks hastily-put together too. All in all, Lady Chatterley's Lover looks good but it is dull and underwritten, and takes the sexual nature of the book to extremes, well at least to me it did. 4/10 Bethany Cox


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