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Women In Love (1969)




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Women in Love is set in 1920s England, where free-spirited artist Gudrun (Glenda Jackson) and her schoolteacher sister Ursula (Jennie Linden) make the acquaintance of lifelong friends Gerald (Oliver Reed) and Rupert (Alan Bates). The foursome attends a picnic in honor of a pair of newlyweds, who put a damper on the proceedings (literally!) by drowning in a nearby lake. Evidently unscathed by this tragedy, Gerald and Rupert participate in a nude wrestling match later that evening (this was the sequence that got the most press, thanks to fleeting glimpses of the male stars' privates). Gerald marries Gudrun, Rupert weds Ursula, and the foursome embarks upon a Swiss honeymoon. The holiday is marred by infidelity and sudden death, leaving Rupert to wonder aloud just what it is that makes men and women "tick." An Academy Award went to Glenda Jackson, while nominations were bestowed upon screenwriter Larry Kramer and cinematographer Billy Williams (who received an uncredited assist from director Ken Russell). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, sex)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Larry Kramer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 4, 2003
United Artists


Alan Bates
as Rupert Birkin
Oliver Reed
as Gerald Crich
Glenda Jackson
as Gudrun Brangwen
Jennie Linden
as Ursula Brangwen
Eleanor Bron
as Hermione Roddice
Alan Webb
as Mr. Thomas Crich
Sarah Nicholls
as Winifred Crich
Sharon Gurney
as Laura Crich
Christopher Gable
as Tibby Lupton
Nike Arrighi
as Contessa
Norma Shebbeare
as Anna Brangwen
Michael Gough
as Tom Brangwen
Richard Heffer
as Loerke's Friend
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Critic Reviews for Women In Love

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's Russell as restrained as he can be, who has fun delving into the sexual explorations of the author.

Full Review… | March 28, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Controversial for its time Ken Russell classic.

June 11, 2005

Though deviating from D.H. Lawrence's novel considerably, this is Ken Russell's most fully realized narrative film, lavishly mounted and well acted, especially by Glenda Jackson in an Oscar-winning performance.

Full Review… | December 18, 2004

Audience Reviews for Women In Love

A gathering of couples turns sour when one couple drowns.
If I ever come up with a philosophical manifesto or some revolutionary paradigm, then I hope that I can find someone like D.H. Lawrence to dramatize my philosophical precepts with the degree of felicity and verve that Lawrence treats Freud. The "death drive," the relationship between sexuality and violence, repressed emotions, latent homosexuality, and projection of childhood trauma all receive due attention. It's impossible to understand anything going on in this film without a working understanding of Freudian philosophy and psychology, and therein lies the film's primary strength and weakness. On the one hand, it's great to see a smart film for smart people, but on the other hand, it shouldn't be necessary that one study Freud in order to "get it." What is more, to paraphrase Hamlet there is more in heaven and earth, Mr. Freud, than is dreamt of in your philosophy.
The actors all commit to their roles, often with full nudity, which was controversial for the film's time, and it must be difficult to convey a character based more on a psychological profile than on human actions.
Overall, Women in Love is a strong film, but it's not for everyone.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


Russel had me right up until he had Alan Bates and Oliver Reed engage in naked wrestling. A wonderful film in spite of its homoerotic lapses.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


An all around good film.
Cast - Story - Cinematography.

Robert C

Super Reviewer

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