The Killing of Sister George

1968, Drama, 2h 17m

15 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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June is an actress who portrays the popular Sister George in a British soap opera. The actress spends her time drinking and engaging in lesbian sex with her much younger lover Alice. A television executive decides she likes Alice and wants to write Sister George off the show. June watches as her behavior and insecurity drives Alice away.

Cast & Crew

Beryl Reid
June Buckridge
Susannah York
Alice "Childie" McNaught
Coral Browne
Mercy Croft
Ronald Fraser
Leo Lockhart
Patricia Medina
Betty Thaxter
Lukas Heller
Screenwriter
Walter Blake
Associate Producer
Edgar J. Scherick
Executive Producer
Gerald Fried
Original Music
Joseph F. Biroc
Cinematographer
William Glasgow
Art Direction
John Brown
Set Decoration
Renié
Costume Designer
Jean Austin
Hair Stylist
William Turner
Makeup Artist
Eddie Saeta
Unit Manager
George Tobin
Production Supervisor
Daisy Gerber
Assistant Director
Dennis Robertson
First Assistant Director
William Aldrich
Assistant Producer
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  • May 04, 2008
    An outstanding performance by Beryl Reid, she is not afraid to show her character as an at times rather unpleasant and selfish woman but still very human and makes you feel for her plight, is the highlight of this landmark film with very good support from Susannah York and Coral Browne. Dated and sometimes drawn out still worth seeing for the lead performers.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Sep 26, 2007
    "Not all girls are raving bloody lesbians you know" "That is a misfortune I'm perfectly well aware of"<br/>"A flawed credible cow!?"<br/>"Mooo... mooo!... MOOO!!"<br/>I do love the lesbians in The Killing of Sister George. By today's standards they may seem extremely non-pc - you couldn't say they were sympathetic characterisations by any stretch - self-destructive diesel-dyke and child-like lipstick dipstick - not to mention Coral Browne's positively vampiric predator! Despite this, in it's own antiquated way, they are still believable and their tragic existence is quite moving.<br/>But, as we have come to expect from Aldrich, there are plenty of scraps and campery - Beryl Reid and Coral Browne positively lick their lips - Browne, at one point, calling Reid a "dreary, inadequate, drunken old bag" and Reid rounding off a fight and telling Browne "Why don't you piss off?" <br/>A particular highlight, for me at least, is the outrageous sex-scene. It's gob-smacking: filmed like a scene from a Hammer film, as Coral Browne bares down on Susannah York like a vampire - coal-black eye make-up, blood red lips and dress and creepy insinuating violins on the soundtrack. It's wonderfully gothic and totally inappropriate for a sex scene. It's one of the many reasons I cherish this film! <br/>If you are looking for a touching and poignant portrayal of lesbian love then go search out the marvellous and much under-rated Desert Hearts. But if you want more of the same screaming camp bitchery and over-the-top performances a la Baby Jane and Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte then look no further than the melodramatic and tawdry tale of Georgie, Childie and Mercy Croft.
    William S Super Reviewer

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