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Sons and Lovers (1960)

Not Rated | | Drama | 22 July 1960 (West Germany)
In the early twentieth century, an artistically talented young man living in an English coal mining town is inhibited by his domineering and emotionally manipulative mother.

Director:

Jack Cardiff

Writers:

Gavin Lambert (screenplay), T.E.B. Clarke (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Trevor Howard ... Walter Morel
Dean Stockwell ... Paul Morel
Wendy Hiller ... Mrs. Morel
Mary Ure ... Clara Dawes
Heather Sears ... Miriam
William Lucas ... William Morel
Conrad Phillips ... Baxter Dawes
Ernest Thesiger ... Mr. Hadlock
Donald Pleasence ... Pappleworth
Rosalie Crutchley ... Mrs. Leivers
Sean Barrett Sean Barrett ... Arthur Morel
Elizabeth Begley Elizabeth Begley ... Mrs. Radford
Edna Morris Edna Morris ... Mrs. Anthony
Ruth Kettlewell Ruth Kettlewell ... Mrs. Bonner
Anne Sheppard Anne Sheppard ... Rose
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Jack Cardiff received a 1960 Oscar Nomination as Best Director for this lush, engaging film starring Trevor Howard, Dean Stockwell and Donald Pleasence, which was adapted from D.H. Lawrence's classic novel. A young man with artistic talent who lives in a close-knit, English coal-mining town during the early 20th Century finds himself inhibited by his emotionally manipulative, domineering mother. Written by Anonymous

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The first experiences of a young man in the mysteries of woman! See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1960 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Hijos y amantes See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Jerry Wald Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film was shot in many of the locations that D.H. Lawrence actually lived in. See more »

Quotes

Miriam: You know, my mother disapproves more and more of the books you bring. She blames you for putting ideas into my head.
Paul Morel: Does she think heaven frowns on ideas? Your mother breathes religion through her nostrils!
Miriam: Do you think that's wrong?
Paul Morel: It's not religious just to be religious! I think a crow is religious as it sails across the sky. It's showing the glory of God but it doesn't know it. God doesn't know things, he is things.
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Version of Masterpiece Theatre: Sons and Lovers (1981) See more »

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Only One Fellow
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Written by Hal Shaper
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excellent Lawrence adaptation, absorbing and detailed
2 April 2007 | by didi-5See all my reviews

This is perhaps Jack Cardiff's best known film as a director, and it is certainly not a letdown. 'Sons and Lovers' was DH Lawrence's most autobiographical novel, and here, although some aspects have been shorn down or removed, the substance of that novel comes through.

In the main roles we have US actor Dean Stockwell as Paul Morel, the son who is suffocated by his overbearing mother, and derided by his miner father. His parents are played by Wendy Hiller and Trevor Howard, and they are brilliant in difficult roles. Stockwell, less so, although he certainly looks the part.

The women in Paul's life are played by Heather Sears - another annoying part as Miriam which reminds me of her 'Room at the Top' performance a few years earlier - and Mary Ure, who is a little bland but watchable as Clara. Somehow Ure never really found her niche on the screen.

The film looks sumptuous and the black and white photography is exactly right. There are moving scenes and moments of comedy, plus a wicked cameo appearance by Ernest Thiesinger as an art collector.

This film is much less known than more showy Lawrence adaptations such as 'Women in Love', but it is excellent, well-paced, and is far from a disappointment.


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