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Women in Love (1969)

Women in Love (1969)




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Two sisters are courted by two very different men in the D. H. Lawrence classic Women In Love. Gudren (Glenda Jackson) is pursued by Gerald (Oliver Reed) a tough coal miner, while sister Ursula (Jenny Linden) is wooed by the school inspector Rupert (Alan Bates). One couple enters into the union with timidity but their love endures with time. The other couple engages in a frenzied, lustful flesh feast eventually ending in tragedy. Both couples honeymoon together as love takes it's often rocky course. Hints of homosexuality arise when Gerald and Rupert have a wrestling match in their underwear. The act is implied rather than graphic There are the obligatory nude scenes that many films from this year seem compelled to present. Ken Russell won an Oscar for Best Director while Glenda Jackson won the Best Actress Award for her sublimely subdued performance.


Glenda Jackson
as Gudrun Brangwen
Alan Bates
as Rupert Birkin
Oliver Reed
as Gerald Crich
Jennie Linden
as Ursula Brangwen
Eleanor Bron
as Hermione Roddice
Alan Webb
as Thomas Crich
Sarah Nicholls
as Winifred Crich
Sharon Gurney
as Laura Crich
Christopher Gable
as Tibby Lupton
Michael Gough
as Tom Brangwen
Norma Shebbeare
as Anna Brangwen
Nike Arrighi
as Contessa
Phoebe Nicholls
as Winifred Crich (as Sarah Nicholls)
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Critic Reviews for Women in Love

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (1)

Bates and Reed's homoerotic sparring would be sexy and shocking in any context. But Women in Love's talkier scenes are more exciting than any screen nudity could be.

November 28, 2017 | Full Review…

Unable or perhaps unwilling to rein in the source material's sentiment, [director Ken] Russell created a work defined by its earnestness-something that remains potent nearly 50 years later.

December 7, 2017 | Full Review…

Ken Russell is interested in using the novel's sexually charged characters as figures to be placed into a series of fevered tableaux.

November 26, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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

March 28, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Controversial for its time Ken Russell classic.

June 11, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

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.

December 18, 2004 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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
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
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


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

Robert C
Robert C

Super Reviewer

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