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Lady Chatterley's Lover (1981)

R | | Drama, Romance | 7 May 1982 (USA)
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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.

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Just Jaeckin
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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 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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The most notorious novel of the century. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Trivia

In her contract, Sylvia Kristel had say over the casting of the Oliver Mellors gamekeeper character. Moreover, Kristel's contract for this film had apparently quite a number of clauses and stipulations. See more »

Goofs

The film is supposed to be set during the early 1920's but when Lady Chatterley is sent away by her husband, a brief scene is shown of a steam locomotive travelling towards the camera. The Standard Class 4-6-0 is number 75043 - this number was not allocated until nationalisation of the four big railway companies and the formation of British Railways in 1947. See more »

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Sir Clifford Chatterley: If ever there's another man, who you absolutely want, to make love to you, take him.
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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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