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The Killing of Sister George


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  • Actors: Beryl Reid, Susannah York, Coral Browne, Ronald Fraser, Patricia Medina
  • Directors: Robert Aldrich
  • Writers: Frank Marcus, Lukas Heller
  • Producers: Robert Aldrich, Walter Blake
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: August 23, 2005
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009X7BGY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,360 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Killing of Sister George" on IMDb

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Director Robert Aldrich (The Dirty Dozen) turns up the heat in this steamy, provocative and "expertly executed movie" (Los Angeles Times) starring Beryl Reid and Susannah York. Sexy, "sensitive [and] darkly humorous" (Boxoffice), The Killing of Sister George is a racy romp that's "entertaining" (Leonard Maltin), "explicit and sensational" (Life).June (Reid) is the star of a TV soap opera and she has the ego to prove it. But when she begins to suspect that the network is planning to kill off her characterand that her boss is out to seduce her beautifulyoung lover (York)June spirals out of control. And as she's transformed from demanding diva intohair-trigger harridan, TV's grandest of dames proves that underneath it all'she ain't no lady.

Customer Reviews

What can I say... see this film, you won't ever forget it.
ru-serrius
Coral Browne gives the performance of her career as Mrs. Croft, the BBC executive who vies for the affections of Childie over George.
profile
The acting is good and the pace keeps the watcher on the edge of her seat.
Teresa Schoenberg Johnson

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Bill on August 22, 2001
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It is a very good example of this type of cinema from the late sixties when directors loved to take all kinds of chances with their subject matter, not like today's pre-packaged films. That three such outstanding actresses as Beryl Reid, Coral Browne and Susannah York were willing to go along with Aldrich for the ride I find just amazing. Beryl Reid in particular shines, although all three put in stupendous performances. I have heard people criticize the film for being dated, but I don't find that a real criticism at all. The enlightened film-goer has to be receptive to other times, other mind-sets, other ways of feeling. If any film invites the viewer to cross those barriers, this one does. Yes, it is overly long, and could probably have been cut down to half its present length. That is the films great flaw, but like most good films which seem overly long upon first viewing, it's impact stays with you. If you can make it past the two-hour mark, I don't think you will find that this film is lacking anything in quality, sensitivity, or the cumulative power to move. Just excellent.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 17, 2000
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This movie is a lot of fun if you do not take it too seriously. It is set in the late 60's London and features the late great Beryl Reid as a soap star under threat at work and home. Great scenes of the Gateways club in London and the owners - Gina and Smitty as well as some of the regulars, who are used as extras. It is not for the faint at heart; there is a very funny scene involving an intoxicated Beryl Reid (George) and a couple of nuns in a taxi cab! If you are looking for a movie depicting a healthy lesbian relationship/love story then this is not for you!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By profile on December 4, 2006
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The Killing of Sister George (1968) is Robert Aldritch's masterpiece: one of the most harrowing films ever made on the subject of show business and masochistic relationships. Cynical yet painfully human, it is far superior to his much more well-known Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?. Beryl Reid, Susannah York & Coral Browne are magnificent and their performances pack an intense emotional wallop. The fact that the movie's principals are lesbians likely prevented people from appreciating the film for its immense merits. Beryl Reid stars as June Buckridge, an aging, overweight actress who plays Sister George, a beloved character on a hokey British soap opera about village life. Susannah York is Alice, or 'Childie' as George refers to her, George's younger, live-in lover who likes to play with dolls and act coy. Their complex, love-hate relationship provides the crux of the film, while George's career hitting the skids in conjunction with increasingly outrageous behavior and growing alcoholism moves the characters towards emotional and personal disaster. Coral Browne gives the performance of her career as Mrs. Croft, the BBC executive who vies for the affections of Childie over George. One particularly memorable scene showcases George & Childie attending a local lesbian bar as Laurel & Hardy, with Mrs. Croft coming over to deliver George the bad news that she has been removed from the show. The notorious sex scene between Childie and Mrs. Croft is both explicit and remarkably restrained and psychologically revealing. Note must also be made of Patricia Medina's sensitive performance as Betty Thaxter, the owner of a local house of prostitution and a personal confidante of George.
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful By D. Goldberg on December 27, 2001
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Beryl Reed is gives an amazing performance as the lecherous Sister George. Many people have condemned this film as being anti lesbian, but I feel it is a study in abusive behavior and the insecurities that feed it. It's also very campy and a hoot. Susannah York as Childie and Coral Browne ( Vera Charles in Auntie Mame) also give very brave and wonderful performances considering this movie was made in the sixties. The story is of a lechorous lesbian who plays a nun on a British Soap Opera.On screen she is kindly and a total humanitarian; offstage is something else altogeher. George is an alcholic lesbian who abuses her younger lover and comes on to real nuns in their taxi cabs. When the BBC threatens to write her out of the soap opera due to her scandalous off-screen behavior, a paranoid lesbian becomes even more abusive. See it for the wonderful performances and sixties sensibilities of gays.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Kruger on May 1, 2010
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Beryl Reed is fantastic as sister George and Susanna York's lover in this story within a story.
One has to sometime question the Acadamy Awards with the oversights they've made.
This is certainly one of them
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ru-serrius on April 20, 2011
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I saw this film many years ago (at least 30) and thought it was pretty interesting the first time. Now, having recently seen it again, I realize that it is quite a high quality film with an original and well written story. It's not just interesting for the lesbian plot (although that certainly is an intriguing part of it). The overall plot, and the stuggles of a very middle aged TV actress with a significantly younger lover are interesting and heart rending. Beryl Reid and Carole Brown both give wonderful performances, and I am a big Susannah York fan, and loved her in this movie... she gives a unique and unforgettable performance. What can I say... see this film, you won't ever forget it.
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