Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Killing of Sister George

1968 American Feature

Cast: Beryl Reid, Susannah York, Coral Browne, Ronald Fraser, Patricia Medina, Hugh Paddick and Cyril Delevanti
Director: Robert Aldrich
Writer: Lukas Heller, based on the play by Frank Marcus

Actress June Buckridge's life begins to unravel when she finds out that her beloved character Sister George on the popular television soap opera Applehurst will be killed off.


  • Internet Movie Database: 6.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 75% / Audience: 79%
  • OMG rating: 6 /10

  • DVD: Available
  • Book: Available

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  • Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress - Drama (Reid).

  • The original 1964 London West End production also starred Beryl Reid. Two years later, she reprised the role on Broadway and won the Tony Award. It was nominated for two other Tonys, including Best Play.
  • In the play, Applehurst was a radio program, and the lesbian aspects of the plot were far less explicit.
  • Casting Call: Bette Davis and Angela Lansbury.
  • Six years earlier, director Robert Aldrich and screenwriter Lukas Heller collaborated on another film about an aging actress, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?.
  • The Gateways Club, the setting of a memorable scene added for the film, was an actual London lesbian nightclub.
  • The newly-created Motion Picture Association of America ratings board gave The Killing of Sister George an X rating, largely on the basis of a graphic sex scene between two of the female characters. Director Robert Aldrich battled the rating, but his lawsuit was ultimately dismissed. The film had considerable censorship problems in the United Kingdom as well, and could only be screened in theaters after the sex scene was entirely removed.

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