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The Killing of Sister George (1968)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Feb 22, 2000
 R2: 8 Apr 2002

MPAA Rating
R

Running Time
2 hours, 18 minutes

Country USA

Studio Associates & Aldrich, Cinerama, Palomar Pictures International

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Other Titles
• The Killing of Sister George
• Das Doppelleben der Sister George (1968)



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Genre: Drama, Gay/Lesbian, Suspense, Cult Classic, Showbiz, Satire, Racy

Tagline: The story of three consenting adults in the privacy of their own home.

Plot: In Robert Aldrich's taboo-shattering adaptation of Frank Morse's play, June (Beryl Reed) is a lesbian who plays the part of a nun, Sister George, on a successful television soap opera. Her world collapses when the show's executive director, Mercy Croft (Coral Browne), decides to kill off June's character. As she searches for another acting job, she begins to abuse her lover, Alice (Susannah York), and spirals into a self-destructive free fall. The precociously frank and sultry depiction of June's sexuality earned the film an X rating in many places upon its initial release. Though time has muted the once-controversial aspects of THE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE, it remains a historically resonant film, offering the first Hollywood depiction of a woman completely at ease with her love of other women. Reid turns in a brave and moving performance, infusing this landmark of lesbian cinema with an enduring, humane radiance.

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 Directed by
Robert Aldrich
The Dirty Dozen, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, The Flight of the Phoenix
 Written by
Lukas Heller
Flight of the Phoenix, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, The Flight of the Phoenix
 Cast
Beryl Reid
Yellowbeard, Dr. Phibes Rises Again, The Belles of St. Trinian's
Susannah York
Superman, Superman II, A Man for All Seasons
Coral Browne
Auntie Mame, Theatre of Blood, The Ruling Class
Ronald Fraser
The Flight of the Phoenix, Trail of the Pink Panther, Scandal
Patricia Medina
Mr. Arkadin, The Three Musketeers, Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion
Hugh Paddick
School for Scoundrels or How to Win Without Actually Cheating!, Up Pompeii
Cyril Delevanti
Soylent Green, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Night of the Iguana
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 Music By
Gerald Fried
Paths of Glory, The Killing, Outland



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