The Killing of Sister George (1968)

138 mins | Drama | 1968

Director:

Robert Aldrich

Writer:

Lukas Heller

Producer:

Robert Aldrich

Cinematographer:

Joseph Biroc

Production Designer:

William Glasgow

Production Companies:

Associates & Aldrich Co., Inc., Palomar Pictures International, Inc.
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HISTORY

Location scenes filmed in London. ...

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Location scenes filmed in London.

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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
U. s. & london asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2nd unit photog
Cam op
Cam op
Cam asst
Cam asst
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod supv
Asst to the prod
Eddie Saeta
Prod mgr
Adell Bravos
Scr supv
Gaffer
Dial coach
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Killing of Sister George by Frank Marcus (Bristol, 20 Apr 1965).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
1968
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 16 Dec 1968
Production Date:

Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Metrocolor
Duration(in mins):
138
Countries:
United Kingdom, United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Aging actress June Buckridge portrays nurse Sister George on a popular British soap opera. Although "George" has a lovable image on the BBC, she is actually a hard-drinking, acid-tongued lesbian who constantly quarrels with her dependent roommate and lover, 32-year-old Alice "Childie" McNaught. Fearful that her part might be written out of the series, George leaves a rehearsal, gets drunk, and terrorizes two nuns in a taxi. Acting on a complaint from the church, network executive Mercy Croft visits George's flat, insists on an apology, and hints at cast changes in the show due to a slip in the ratings. Dejected, George tells her troubles to Betty Thaxter, a sympathetic prostitute who lives next door. When she discovers that the new script only calls for her to get the flu and recover, George celebrates with Childie at a lesbian bar and flippantly invites Mrs. Croft to join them. Ignoring the club's atmosphere, the executive announces that Sister George is to be killed in a highway accident the following week. Devastated by the news, George rushes from the bar as Mrs. Croft offers Childie her protection. Once Sister George's death scene has been filmed, George is given a studio party and asked if she would like to be the voice of Clarabelle Cow on a new television series. Enraged, she storms out of the studio, returns to her flat, and discovers Mrs. Croft making love to Childie in the bedroom. After a bitter confrontation, Childie decides to move in with Mrs. Croft, and George returns to the now deserted studio, where she wrecks the sets before collapsing on a bench. Accepting her fate as Clarabelle Cow, George sits alone bellowing ...

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Aging actress June Buckridge portrays nurse Sister George on a popular British soap opera. Although "George" has a lovable image on the BBC, she is actually a hard-drinking, acid-tongued lesbian who constantly quarrels with her dependent roommate and lover, 32-year-old Alice "Childie" McNaught. Fearful that her part might be written out of the series, George leaves a rehearsal, gets drunk, and terrorizes two nuns in a taxi. Acting on a complaint from the church, network executive Mercy Croft visits George's flat, insists on an apology, and hints at cast changes in the show due to a slip in the ratings. Dejected, George tells her troubles to Betty Thaxter, a sympathetic prostitute who lives next door. When she discovers that the new script only calls for her to get the flu and recover, George celebrates with Childie at a lesbian bar and flippantly invites Mrs. Croft to join them. Ignoring the club's atmosphere, the executive announces that Sister George is to be killed in a highway accident the following week. Devastated by the news, George rushes from the bar as Mrs. Croft offers Childie her protection. Once Sister George's death scene has been filmed, George is given a studio party and asked if she would like to be the voice of Clarabelle Cow on a new television series. Enraged, she storms out of the studio, returns to her flat, and discovers Mrs. Croft making love to Childie in the bedroom. After a bitter confrontation, Childie decides to move in with Mrs. Croft, and George returns to the now deserted studio, where she wrecks the sets before collapsing on a bench. Accepting her fate as Clarabelle Cow, George sits alone bellowing a pathetic "moooo."

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