Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood (1973)


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This film is a faithful rendition of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas' last major poem, Under Milk Wood. It affectionately examines the day-to-day life of the inhabitants of a small Welsh fishing village. The poem is narrated by Richard Burton, himself a Welshman and a great aficionado of Thomas' work. The narrative framework comes through the character of Captain Cat (Peter O'Toole), a retired seaman who, though blind, knows the village and its inhabitants so well, it is as if he could see. The colorful … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Classics, Comedy, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
Written By: Dylan Thomas
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 9, 2005
Hart Sharp Video



as First Voice

as Myfanwy Price

as Captain Cat

as Polly Carter

as Rosie Probert

as Mrs. Pugh

as Bessie Bighead

as 1st Neighbor

as Utah Watkins

as Mr. Pritchard

as Second Voice

as Mrs. Utah Watkins

as Sinbad Sailor

as Police Constable Att...

as Lord Cut Glass

as Nogood Boyo

as Evans the Death

as Mrs. Beynon

as Mrs. Dai Bread Two

as Waldo Wife Five

as Lily Smalls

as Mae Rose Cottage

as Mrs. Dai Bread One

as Mrs. Ogmore Pritchar...

as Butcher Beynon

as Jack Black

as Rev. Eli Jenkins

as Mary Ann Sailors

as Ocky Milkman

as Dai Bread

as 1st Woman/Waldo Wife...

as Mrs. Organ Morgan

as Mother

as Mog Edwards

as Gossamer Beynon

as Mr. Waldo

as Mrs. Cherry Owen

as Mr. Willy Nilly

as Mrs. Willy Nilly

as Mr. Cherry Owen
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Critic Reviews for Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

The images that Director Andrew Sinclair has added to his film adaptation do not complement Thomas' language; they detract from it.

Full Review… | March 23, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Writer-director Andrew Sinclair has a wonderful feel for his material, and a happy hand in matching it to its setting.

Full Review… | March 23, 2011
Top Critic

Too many words, I'm convinced, for the screen. It's not simply the quantity of words, though. It's also their ornateness. They overflow the ears and get into the eyes.

Full Review… | March 23, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

Fairly creaky.

Full Review… | March 23, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

Intended solely for the fans of Thomas and for those of intelligent character studies.

Full Review… | May 26, 2011
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood

It is an ensemble piece for the most part, so don't expect an abundance of screen time from the three leads.
As much as I hate to say it (with a cast like this) this one's not really about the acting...It's more about the writing of Dylan Thomas and the quirky beauty of the Welsh seaside, brought to life here with his words and some wonderful imagery.
Not suitable for everyone's tastes I'll admit, but if you enjoy clever writing (and can understand sometimes thick Welsh accents) you are in for a treat.

Robert C

Super Reviewer


Beautiful settings and a game cast are about the only things this has going for it. The kind of film that killed Liz and Dick's careers in the late 60's-early 70's.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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