Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Sunday Bloody Sunday

1971 British Feature

Cast: Peter Finch, Glenda Jackson, Murray Head, Peggy Ashcroft, Tony Britton and Maurice Denham
Director: John Schlesinger
Writer: Penelope Gilliatt

A divorced career woman and a well-to-do Jewish doctor share not only the same answering service, but also the favors of a free-spirited young bisexual artist.


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.0/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 92% / Audience: 70%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Book: Available


  • Academy Award nominations for Best Director, Actor (Finch), Actress (Jackson) and Original Screenplay.
  • BAFTA Awards for Best Film, Director, Actor (Finch), Actress (Jackson) and Film Editing; also nominated for Best Screenplay, Cinematography and Sound Track.
  • David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Director.
  • Directors Guild of America Award nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.
  • Golden Globe Award for Best English-Language Foreign Film; also nominated for Best Actor - Drama (Finch).
  • National Society of Film Critics Awards for Best Actor (Finch) and Screenplay.
  • New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Screenplay.
  • Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay.

  • Sunday Bloody Sunday is significant for its time in that Peter Finch's character Daniel Hirsh is depicted as successful and relatively well-adjusted, and not particularly upset by his sexuality. In this sense, the film was a considerable departure from John Schlesinger's previous film Midnight Cowboy, which had portrayed its gay characters as alienated and self-loathing.
  • Ian Bannen was fired from the role of Daniel Hirsh shortly after filming began. Apparently, he was so nervous about what kissing another actor onscreen might do to his career, he could not concentrate enough on his performance. He later said that losing the role set back his career, and regretted it till his death.
  • Casting Call: Alan Bates, Edith Evans and Thora Hird.
  • Regarding his kissing scene with Murray Head, Peter Finch has said that he "did it for England".
  • Daniel Day-Lewis made his film debut at the age of 14 in this film as a vandal in an uncredited role. 
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday was released on DVD and Blu-ray as part of The Criterion Collection in 2012.

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