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The Return of the Soldier (1982)

PG | | Drama | 14 February 1985 (USA)
Kitty Baldry (Julie Christie) is a haughty society queen with a tunnelled view of life. Kitty's complacency is rocked when her husband, Captain Chris Baldry (Sir Alan Bates), returns from ... See full summary »


Alan Bridges


Rebecca West (novel), Hugh Whitemore
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Christie ... Kitty Baldry
Glenda Jackson ... Margaret Grey
Ann-Margret ... Jenny Baldry
Alan Bates ... Captain Chris Baldry
Ian Holm ... Doctor Anderson
Frank Finlay ... William Grey
Jeremy Kemp ... Frank
Hilary Mason ... Ward
John Sharp ... Pearson
Elizabeth Edmonds Elizabeth Edmonds ... Emery
Valerie Whittington Valerie Whittington ... Beatrice
Patsy Byrne Patsy Byrne ... Mrs. Plummer
Amanda Grinling Amanda Grinling ... Alexandra
Edward de Souza ... Edward
Michael Cochrane ... Stephen


Kitty Baldry (Julie Christie) is a haughty society queen with a tunnelled view of life. Kitty's complacency is rocked when her husband, Captain Chris Baldry (Sir Alan Bates), returns from the front during World War I shell-shocked and suffering amnesia, not knowing who she is, and determined for a reunion with Margaret Grey (Glenda Jackson), a working class lover from his past. Kitty employs psychiatrist Dr. Gilbert Anderson (Sir Ian Holm) to help unscramble her husband's feelings for the women in his new disoriented life, including his all-too caring cousin Jenny (Ann-Margret), but ultimately, comes to realize that the man she knew is unreachable, as dead as the past for which he pines. Written by alfiehitchie

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Rated PG for some violent images and language | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Rebecca West's "The Return of the Soldier" (1918) novel is the only one which was written and published by a woman during World War I that was about the war. See more »


Referenced in Liberty Street: Return of the Soldier (1995) See more »

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Very interesting performances by all., intelligent casting decisions, and notable camerawork
8 October 2020 | by JuguAbrahamSee all my reviews

Julie Christie plays a negative wealthy character Kitty (created by novelist Rebecca West) with aplomb. Christie's Kitty is stunningly beautiful and yet is so snooty and possessive of her husband (Alan Bates). Glenda Jackson plays the intelligent, dowdy middleclass, caring, married woman who is the contrasting lover of Kittie's husband's past. Ms West cleverly designed the two characters to have lost a child each, both at the age of five. Both ladies are traumatized equally. However, I found Ann-Margaret, playing Kitty's sister-in-law Jenny, to be better than the other two ladies. Apart from the all round notable performances of all the characters, the casting of the main characters and the camerawork of Stephen Goldbatt (was director Alan Bridges also a contributor to the intelligent camera placing?) were notable. Not a great work, this film, but a delight to watch all the actors and actresses emote in their varied roles.

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