Of Human Bondage (1964)





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This third screen adaptation of Somerset Maugham's novel about the destructiveness of sexual obsession stars Laurence Harvey as Philip Carey, a club-footed artist who after two unsuccessful years in Paris decides to pursue a career in medicine instead. During his medical studies he falls in love with a waitress, Mildred Rogers (Kim Novak), who takes advantage of his attraction to her. When Mildred leaves him to marry another man, Philip falls in love with a writer (Siobhan McKenna), who encourages him to complete his studies. Under her tutelage, Philip excels in medical school. But when Mildred returns, pregnant and abandoned by her husband, Philip takes her in and cares for her, breaking off with the kind-hearted writer. Staying with Philip at his flat, Mildred has an affair with his best friend. Confronting her with her indiscretions, Mildred tells Philip how repulsed she is by his club foot and walks out on him. Philip once again throws himself into his studies, passing his examinations and taking an internship at a London hospital. There he hears Mildred has become a cheap prostitute. Philip travels to the brothel where she is living in poverty with her child and takes her under his wing once again. As before, Mildred walks out on Philip, trashing his apartment and taking to the streets. When Philip comes upon her again, he finds that her child has died and she is suffering from the advanced stages of syphilis.
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Kim Novak
as Mildred Rogers
Laurence Harvey
as Philip Carey
Robert Morley
as Dr.Jacobs
Siobhan McKenna
as Nora Nesbitt
Roger Livesey
as Thorpe Athelny
Jack Hedley
as Griffiths
Nanette Newman
as Sally Athelny
Ronald Lacey
as Mathews
Dave Morris
as Young Philip Carey
Anthony Booth
as Martin
Anna Manahan
as Waitress
Jacqueline Taylor
as Cook/Woman Patient
Derry O'Donovan
as 2nd Waitress
Helen Robinson
as Manager/Cashier
Michael Doolan
as Man with Clubfoot
John Sutton
as Kingsford
Leo McCabe
as Elderly Man in Railway Carriage
David Morris
as Young Philip Carey
Olive White
as Griffith's Girlfriend
Blanaid Irvine
as Distinguished Girl
Eamonn Morrisey
as Bespectacled Student
Ann Manceer
as Girl Patient
Robin Lepler
as Jeweler
Evelyn McNeice
as Mrs. Harding
Norman Smythe
as Attendant in Dissecting Theater
Cecil Nash
as Father of Boy with Clubfoot
Peter Nash
as Young Boy
May Cluskey
as Sister
Terry Clinton
as Barmaid
Danny O'Shea
as Headwaiter
Alex Dignam
as Porter
Brendan Mathews
as Technician
Bryan Forbes
as Student
Peter Moray
as Student
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Critic Reviews for Of Human Bondage

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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Full Review… | May 8, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Though Kim Novak is not Bette Davis, this third version of Maugham's popular book is more truthful to the literay source, maintaining its realistic tone and sordid ending.

Full Review… | February 29, 2012

Remake of Bette Davis classic is OK.

June 7, 2005

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June 5, 2002
Boxoffice Magazine

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December 31, 1999
Apollo Guide

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[center][img]http://img511.imageshack.us/img511/2692/ofhumanbondageye7.jpg[/img] [left] I've never seen the Betty Davis version, and with my first viewing being this version (and falling in love with [b]Kim Novak[/b]), I doubt I could watch the wiry Betty with the same feelings. [b]Lawrence Harvey[/b] does an admirable job as the lame young intern who falls for the floozie, only to be taken to the cleaners. multiple times. Mama always said "never fall in love with a prostitute." No, she really didn't say that exactly, it was more like "stay away from that bitch." [center][img]http://img382.imageshack.us/img382/4070/kimnovakgallery4px0.jpg[/img] [i]I fell in love with Kim Novak playing the bad girl in Of Human Bondage.[/i] [left]The movie is not with out flaws, but to this day, I still over look them... YMMV. [img]http://img146.imageshack.us/img146/4625/tomato1bx7.jpg[/img] [/left] [/center] [/left] [/center]

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