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Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)

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Divorced working woman Alex and well-to-do Jewish family doctor Daniel Hirsh share not only the same answering service but also the favours of young Bob Elkin who bed-hops between them as ... See full summary »

Director:

John Schlesinger

Writer:

Penelope Gilliatt (screenplay)
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Finch ... Daniel Hirsh
Glenda Jackson ... Alex Greville
Murray Head ... Bob Elkin
Peggy Ashcroft ... Mrs. Greville
Tony Britton Tony Britton ... Mr. Harding
Maurice Denham ... Mr. Greville
Bessie Love ... Answering Service Lady
Vivian Pickles ... Alva Hodson
Frank Windsor ... Bill Hodson
Thomas Baptiste ... Prof. Johns
Richard Pearson ... Patient
June Brown June Brown ... Woman Patient
Hannah Norbert Hannah Norbert ... Daniel's Mother
Harold Goldblatt Harold Goldblatt ... Daniel's Father
Marie Burke ... Aunt Astrid
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Storyline

Divorced working woman Alex and well-to-do Jewish family doctor Daniel Hirsh share not only the same answering service but also the favours of young Bob Elkin who bed-hops between them as the mood takes him. Both Alex and Dr Hirsh are aware of the other's existence but prefer to live with the situation rather than risk losing Elkin completely. But a wet winter weekend in London can be difficult. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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It's about three decent people. They will break your heart.

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Drama

Certificate:

18 | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Italian | Hebrew | French

Release Date:

22 December 1971 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Bloody Sunday See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The story is based on John Schlesinger's affair with the actor John Steiner. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Harding: Its my age, isn't it. When your over fifty, in a properly run business, you're over the hump!
Alex: You shouldn't say that.
Mr. Harding: They give you the golden handshake or a sherry party and you can't find another job and that's that.
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Featured in The Pacemakers: Glenda Jackson (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

The Trio from Mozart's
Così Fan Tutte"
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Mozart) (uncredited)
Sung by Pilar Lorengar Yvonne Minton Barry McDaniel
Daniel listens to a phonograph recording of the opera while alone in his living room on Friday night; also played over the end credits
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The danger of being ahead of you time is that time catches up.
24 August 1999 | by H.J.See all my reviews

Perhaps due to the global discontent brought on by the Viet Nam War and then the Russian-Afgan War, the early 1970' saw the end of a period of idealism and the dawn of an age of realism, far too real in many instances. Movies were no exception to this general social trend in American and European society.

When "Sunday Bloody Sunday" was released in 1971, it was a major jolt to the "film world." There, in all its wide screen splendor and glory was a major production with a major league cast and state of the are writing, direction, and production that flaunted as comonplace the unspoken trio of adult sexual taboo: Homosexuality, Bisexuality and Insest. And this was all presented in an apparently normal setting with apparently normal persons who could be, God forbid, us.

This was no British working class low budget avant guard "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning" about the people who we had too often become and through familiarity learned to despised. This was the Upper middle class world where we all imagined ourselves eventually destined to live. And the real shock of it was that we weren't repulsed or appalled. We were if anything, drawn to it. The characters are intelligent, educated, sympathetic, honest to a reasonable degree, at least with each other and very pretty to look at. The situations are all too real. The problem is that "Sunday Bloody Sunday is "life as you find it" and not "life as you'd wish it to be."

Today the shock is gone. It is a beautifully smooth and taught production to be sure, but no longer anything new. Still, "Sunday Bloody Sunday" is one of the movies that changed the movies, as well as American and European Society in the middle of the second half of the Twentieth century. Don't miss a chance to see it.


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