6.4/10
249
3 user 4 critic

Priest of Love (1981)

Following the banning and burning of his novel, "The Rainbow", D.H. Lawrence and his wife, Frieda, move to the United States, and then to Mexico. When Lawrence contracts tuberculosis, they ... See full summary »

Director:

Christopher Miles

Writers:

D.H. Lawrence (letters and writings), Harry T. Moore (book) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Zina (1985)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

After Stalin's purges, Zinaida Volkova, daughter of Leon Trotsky, is exiled to Berlin. As the Nazis rise to power, and World War II is approaching, she becomes obsessed with Antigone, the protagonist of a famous Greek tragedy, and loses her mind.

Director: Ken McMullen
Stars: Rom Anderson, Ron Anderson, George Antoni
Certificate: M/PG Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A young London woman, studying for her doctorate in the British Museum, spends her nights trying to avoid the sexual admiration of men in her life.

Director: Waris Hussein
Stars: Sandy Dennis, Ian McKellen, Michael Coles
Walter (TV Movie 1982)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A man with learning difficulties suffers neglect and ill-treatment, and this is only exasperated when his parents die and nobody seems to know what to do with him.

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Ian McKellen, Barbara Jefford, Arthur Whybrow
Edward II (TV Movie 1970)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The reign of Edward II, King of England, is troubled from the start, when he brings his male lover, hated by the nobles, out of exile.

Directors: Richard Marquand, Toby Robertson
Stars: Ian McKellen, Timothy West, Diane Fletcher
Regina Roma (1983)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

An aging couple search for peace and family harmony when their only son returns home after a long absence with his fiancee.

Director: Jean-Yves Prate
Stars: Ava Gardner, Anthony Quinn, Ray Sharkey
Emile (2003)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In a story weaving the past and present together, Emile seeks redemption from the family he abandoned.

Director: Carl Bessai
Stars: Ian McKellen, Deborah Kara Unger, Theo Crane
Alfred the Great I (1969)
Certificate: M/PG Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

While Old England is being ransacked by roving Danes in the ninth century, Alfred is planning to join the priesthood. But observing the rape of his land, he puts away his religious vows, to... See full summary »

Director: Clive Donner
Stars: David Hemmings, Michael York, Prunella Ransome
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A South American quasi-revolutionary/guerilla/terrorist and a misled, admiring girl compatriot manage to kidnap the U.S. President during a diplomatic visit to Toronto. With a nondescript ... See full summary »

Director: George Mendeluk
Stars: William Shatner, Hal Holbrook, Van Johnson
Walter & June (TV Movie 1983)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The plight of Walter, a moderately intellectually disabled man, after the deaths of his parents. No concrete provisions have been made for Walter's upkeep, so he is thrown into an ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Ian McKellen, Sarah Miles, John Gordon Sinclair
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The Tragedy of King Richard II, by William Shakespeare. The actions and repercussions of a proud King, whose vanity and selfishness lead to his downfall.

Directors: Richard Cottrell, Toby Robertson
Stars: Ian McKellen, Timothy West, Robert Eddison
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

After being thrown out of her home, a young woman decides to disguise herself as a man to survive the ruthless Wild West.

Director: Maggie Greenwald
Stars: Suzy Amis, Bo Hopkins, Ian McKellen
Hamlet I (TV Movie 1970)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Hamlet suspects his uncle has murdered his father to claim the throne of Denmark and the hand of Hamlet's mother, but the Prince cannot decide whether or not he should take vengeance.

Director: David Giles
Stars: Ian McKellen, Faith Brook, John Woodvine
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Janet Suzman ... Frieda Lawrence
Ian McKellen ... D.H. Lawrence
Graham Faulkner ... Cornish Farmer
Niall Padden Niall Padden ... British Soldier
Andrew McCulloch ... British Sergeant
Mike Gwilym Mike Gwilym ... John Middleton Murry
Adrienne Burgess Adrienne Burgess ... Katherine Mansfield
Andrew Lodge Andrew Lodge ... British Officer
Mary Gifford Mary Gifford ... Purity League Leader
John Gielgud ... Herbert G. Muskett
John Hudson John Hudson ... Clerk to Herbert G. Muskett
Daniel Chatto Daniel Chatto ... Aquitania Officer
Gareth Forwood ... Photographer on Aquitania
Penelope Keith ... The Honourable Dorothy Brett
Ava Gardner ... Mabel Dodge Luhan
Edit

Storyline

Following the banning and burning of his novel, "The Rainbow", D.H. Lawrence and his wife, Frieda, move to the United States, and then to Mexico. When Lawrence contracts tuberculosis, they return to England for a short time, then to Italy, where Lawrence wrote "Lady Chatterley's Lover". Written by George S. Davis <mgeorges@prodigy.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

He was D.H. Lawrence. She was his Lady Chatterley. Their extraordinary romance was more tempestuous than any he wrote.


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK | Mexico | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A szerelem oltárán See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Debut feature as a Producer, for Director Christopher Miles. See more »

Quotes

Herbert G. Muskett: [looking at a copy of Lawrence's book "Kangaroo"] It does not appear to be obscene in absolutely legal terms. Anti-British to the point of insanity.
Clerk to Herbert G. Muskett: Apparently, Mr. Lawrence is going to America.
Herbert G. Muskett: We must inform the authorities.
Clerk to Herbert G. Muskett: It's been attended to, Mr Muskett.
[reaching for the book]
Clerk to Herbert G. Muskett: Shall I take this?
Herbert G. Muskett: Leave it. I shall read it again. To make absolutely sure
[recommences intense study of the book]
See more »

Alternate Versions

Also released in an abridged version lasting 94 minutes. As well as inevitable cutting of some material the shortened version also rearranges the placement of some of the flashback sequence and ends with Lawrence's death excluding the New Mexico epilogue. The short version is a properly re-prepared effort however with the appearance order end-credits redone to reflect the new positions in which characters first appear. See more »


Soundtracks

The Way We Get It Together
music by Francis James Brown and Stanley Joseph Seeger (as Joseph James)
Lyrics by Christopher Cone
Played by The Pasadena Roof Orchestra
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Wonderful movie
27 May 2004 | by green4tomSee all my reviews

I remember this movie very well from 23 years ago. It came out at the same time as did REDS, which is coming out in DVD soon. Why not Priest of Love? The film details D.H. Lawrence's stand against World War I, his stormy relationship with his wife Frieda, his conflict with the authorities, his bisexual leanings. Ian McKellan is excellent, as is his co-star, Janet Suzman, as Frieda. In many ways, D.H. Lawrence was a powerful forerunner of that great prodigal student of Freud, Wilhelm Reich, with his writings on human sexuality and its fundamental importance to our psychology. This is truly a great movie, well photographed, from what I remember, dealing with still controversial, relevant topics for today.


15 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed