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Women in Love (1969)

Two best friends fall in love with a pair of women, but the relationships soon go in very different directions.

Director:

Ken Russell

Writers:

D.H. Lawrence (novel), Larry Kramer (written for the screen by)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Bates ... Rupert Birkin
Oliver Reed ... Gerald Crich
Glenda Jackson ... Gudrun Brangwen
Jennie Linden ... Ursula Brangwen
Eleanor Bron ... Hermione Roddice
Alan Webb Alan Webb ... Thomas Crich
Vladek Sheybal ... Loerke
Catherine Willmer Catherine Willmer ... Mrs. Crich
Phoebe Nicholls ... Winifred Crich (as Sarah Nicholls)
Sharon Gurney ... Laura Crich
Christopher Gable Christopher Gable ... Tibby Lupton
Michael Gough ... Mr. Brangwen
Norma Shebbeare Norma Shebbeare ... Mrs. Brangwen
Nike Arrighi ... Contessa
James Laurenson ... Minister
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Storyline

The battle of the sexes and relationships among the elite of Britain's industrial Midlands in the 1920s. Gerald Crich and Rupert Berkin are best friends who fall in love with a pair of sisters Gudrun, a sculptress and Ursula Brangwen, a schoolteacher. Rupert marries Ursula, Gerald begins a love affair with Gudrun, and the foursome embarks upon a Swiss honeymoon. But the relationships take markedly different directions, as Russell explores the nature of commitment and love. Rupert and Ursula learn to give themselves to each other. The more withdrawn Gerald cannot, finally, connect with the demanding and challenging Gudrun. Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines:

The relationship between four sensual people is limited: They must find a new way.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

25 March 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,600,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Brandywine Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.75: 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to Larry Kramer in his book, "We Must Love One Another or Die: The Life and Legacies of Larry Kramer", Faye Dunaway and Vanessa Redgrave were approached to play the role of Ursula. See more »

Goofs

Ursula is seen toasting pre-sliced bread in front of the fire. Pre-sliced bread wasn't invented until 1928, eight years after the action. See more »

Quotes

Gudrun Brangwen: I am not married. Truth is best.
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Connections

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Music by Michael Garrett
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The embodiment of the Avant-Garde style.
9 August 1999 | by AutonomeSee all my reviews

By it's mere cinemagraphic style and on screen personalities, this film introduced me to the idea of the avant-garde, existential and 'esoteric ritual' perspective of ordinary events. Their true mystery. For me, the style of the film went far beyond its content or dialogue. This film taught me the idea of an intelligent stylishness, and how erotic Glenda Jackson's character could be sheerly by virtue of her brilliant and cunning personal style. Pretty surprising, but then, seducing his audience in great new ways has been one of Russell's great talents. His films always seemed at the cutting edge, and I was seeing them 12 years later!


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