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The Buttercup Chain (1971)

Hywel Bennett , Leigh Taylor-Young , Robert Ellis Miller  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Hywel Bennett, Leigh Taylor-Young, Jane Asher, Sven-Bertil Taube, Clive Revill
  • Directors: Robert Ellis Miller
  • Writers: Janice Elliott, Peter Draper
  • Producers: John Whitney, Leslie Gilliat, Philip Waddilove
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 8, 2009
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002F3C6NE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,725 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Buttercup Chain" on IMDb

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Friendship, love and dependency are explored in this curious story of four inseparable friends: an emotionally unstable young man, his depressed sister, a kind Swedish architect, and a free-spirited American student touring Europe.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Chain Of Fools Playing Musical Chairs... June 11, 2010
And I don't mean that in a harsh way, it's just that all 4 of the principal characters have personality defects (don't we all?) that dramatically affect the outcome of their relationships and lives. The tale centers around 2 cousins born from identical twin mothers on the same day (not bro and sis as is listed in product details) and who grow up together and have a bond similiar to twins. When they are reunited after college, they are incapable of having normal relationships with others as a result of this attraction for one another. But they're determined to try, and now we're introduced to a kind Swede who loves the girl (played by Jane Asher, Paul McCartney's 60's girlfriend and sister to Peter Asher of Peter and Gordon fame) and Leigh Taylor-Young, an American freespirit who's taken up with the male cousin, but is attracted to the Swede as well. So now a game of musical chairs ensues amid the four, and the results are rather unpredictable. A great time period piece from 1970, it captures the elements of thought, fashion, lifestyle and naivete perfectly and is a fascinating watch for those who lived then or have an interest in that timeframe. I enjoyed it even though the chain was kinked...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful people with less than beautiful souls July 29, 2012
Don't be fooled by the "Martini Movies" logo that invites you to see this film as mere laughable camp. It's an intelligent, visually lush examination of a particular class of people, making the most of their particular place in time -- but it's far more than just a fine period piece, as it reveals the tragic flaw of beautiful, privileged, but ultimately hollow & immature young people unable to deal with the difficulties of growing up.

Cousins Franz & Margaret obviously share an unresolved sexual tension, which they studiously avoid by seeking out more appropriate lovers ... except that life doesn't always follow their carefully written script. Hywel Bennett & Jane Asher are superbly cast here, embodying the Beautiful People of late 1960s/early 1970s London -- shaped by & responding to the countercultural currents of the time, but solely on a superficial level. Leigh Taylor-Young (as carefree American drifter Manny) & Sven-Bertil Taube (as vacationing Swedish student Fred) complete the buttercup chain of flowers doomed to fade with summer's end.

Granted, the film is packaged & promoted as something like a soft-porn fantasy. Certainly it has the look, with its gorgeous cinematography & equally gorgeous naked bodies of both sexes. But the sexual element is treated naturally, with the focus more on the psychology of the four young lovers. And that psychology turns out to be more twisted & bittersweet than any of them might have imagined.

Of the four, Fred is the closest to maturity, while at the same time being the most naive -- he enjoys the hedonism of this lovely summer interlude, but knows that it can't be sustained, that they do have to grow up. As a result, he's the one most likely to be hurt, and hurt deeply.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BUTTER CUP CHAIN DVD August 14, 2011
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5.0 out of 5 stars "The Buttercup Chain" October 16, 2009
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Congratulations to director Robert Ellis Miller - to the superb camera work of Douglas Slocombe - to the beauty of Leigh Taylor-Young, one of the most lovely women we've ever seen on the screen, and her nudity is as natural as love itself. Indeed, this is a film for lovers, sweethearts and right bastards! It is gorgeous!! (Philip Waddilove)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Old movies April 3, 2014
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In the early days I had a crush on Jane Asher but never seen a movie of her, so now a had the chance !
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