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 characters of the village are delineated in short vignettes by a host of very distinguished British actors. Elizabeth Taylor, Burton's wife at the time, makes a brief appearance as Rosie Probert. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi
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Richard Burton
as First Voice
Elizabeth Taylor
as Rosie Probert
Peter O'Toole
as Captain Cat
Mark Jones
as Evans the Death
Glynis Johns
as Myfanwy Price
Davyd Harries
as Police Constable Attila Rees
Aubrey Richards
as Rev. Eli Jenkins
Vivien Merchant
as Mrs. Pugh
Sian Phillips
as Mrs. Ogmore Pritchard
Victor Spinetti
as Mog Edwards
Susan Penhaligon
as Mae Rose Cottage
Richard Davies
as Mr. Pritchard
Michael Forest
as Sinbad Sailor
David Jason
as Nogood Boyo
Peggy Ann Clifford
as Bessie Bighead
Glynn Edwards
as Mr. Cherry Owen
Meg Wynn Owen
as Lily Smalls
Ruth Madoc
as Mrs. Dai Bread Two
Angharad Rees
as Gossamer Beynon
Ray Smith
as Mr. Waldo
Ryan Davies
as Second Voice
Dudley Jones
as Dai Bread
Bridget Turner
as Mrs. Cherry Owen
Rachel Thomas
as Mary Ann Sailors
David Davies
as Utah Watkins
Margaret Courtenay
as 1st Neighbor
Tim Wylton
as Mr. Willy Nilly
Maudie Edwards
as Mrs. Utah Watkins
John Rees
as Jack Black
Rhoda Lewis
as 1st Woman/Waldo Wife Four
Pamela Miles
as Waldo Wife Five
Dorothea Phillips
as Mrs. Dai Bread One
Ann Beach
as Polly Carter
Mary Jones
as Mrs. Beynon
Hubert Rees
as Butcher Beynon
Griffith Davies
as Ocky Milkman
Dafydd Havard
as Lord Cut Glass
Talfryn Thomas
as Mr. Pugh
Bronwen Williams
as Mrs. Willy Nilly
Iris Jones
as Mother
Dilys Price
as Mrs. Organ Morgan
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Critic Reviews for Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

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

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

Full Review… | May 25, 2011
Cinema Crazed

Unwise physical materialisation of a play for voices.

Full Review… | March 23, 2011

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
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
jay nixon

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