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The Buttercup Chain

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The Buttercup Chain, based on Janice Elliot's novel, details the intense friendship among four people that turns tragic over the course of one summer. France Hywel Bennett and Margaret Jane Asher are first cousins, born of twin sisters on the same day. As children, they were brought up as brother and sister. The two possess such a strong platonic love for each other that they are incapable of loving anyone else. When Margaret travels to London to live with France, he picks out beautiful Swedish student Fred ...
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The Buttercup Chain, based on Janice Elliot's novel, details the intense friendship among four people that turns tragic over the course of one summer. France Hywel Bennett and Margaret Jane Asher are first cousins, born of twin sisters on the same day. As children, they were brought up as brother and sister. The two possess such a strong platonic love for each other that they are incapable of loving anyone else. When Margaret travels to London to live with France, he picks out beautiful Swedish student Fred Sven-Bertil Taube to be Margaret's lover. For himself, he selects American girl Manny Leigh Taylor-Young. As they spend their holidays traveling in Spain, the countryside of England, and Sweden, the foursome communicate with each other and try to discover the meaning of love.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Original theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Because The Buttercup Chain was made in 1970, it holds a bit more interest than it would had it been made a decade before or after. At this point in time, American films were very much in a transition, as filmmakers tried to come to grips with changes in both the social/cultural fabric of the United States and recent technological advances. As a result, many movies were made that, while they were really not particularly good movies, have a certain fascination because of their reflection of the times; they seem to "imprint" their filmmakers' personalities onto them, often unconsciously. This is the case with Buttercup, a film which at heart is nothing more than a tedious soap opera, but which is presented in a very 1970's time-shifting mode and which features trendy camera angles and fairly generous amounts of flesh (for a non-pornographic movie). It gets more than a bit precious and pretentious, with all sorts of empty spouting about meanings of life, etc., and none of it is very persuasive. But the general atmosphere does have a certain fascination. The cast is amiable but not outstanding; certainly, they can't make the arch and often annoying dialogue ring true. Definitely not a very good film, Buttercup is still worth a look for those who like soap opera and are ready for having it presented in a slightly different fashion.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/8/2009
  • UPC: 043396319622
  • Original Release: 1970
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hywel Bennett Franz
Leigh Taylor-Young Manny
Jane Asher Margaret
Sven-Bertil Taube Fred
Clive Revill George
Roy Dotrice Martin Carr-Gibbons
Jonathan Burn Alberto
Yutte Stensgaard Ullah
Susan Baker Kate
Jennifer Baker
Michael Elphick Chauffeur
Technical Credits
Peter Draper Director, Screenwriter
Robert Ellis Miller Director
Richard Rodney Bennett Score Composer
Fred Carter Art Director
Thelma Connell Editor
Leslie Gilliat Executive Producer, Producer
Paul LeMare Sound/Sound Designer
Wilfred Shingleton Producer, Production Designer
Douglas Slocombe Cinematographer
Philip Waddilove Producer
John Whitney Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Buttercup Chain
1. Chapter 1 [7:58]
2. Chapter 2 [8:14]
3. Chapter 3 [6:46]
4. Chapter 4 [6:46]
5. Chapter 5 [8:24]
6. Chapter 6 [7:14]
7. Chapter 7 [6:23]
8. Chapter 8 [8:07]
9. Chapter 9 [5:50]
10. Chapter 10 [9:06]
11. Chapter 11 [8:52]
12. Chapter 12 [11:02]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Buttercup Chain
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   Subtitles
      English
      Subtitles Off
   Scene Selections
   Previews
      Columbia Classics Trailer
      The Three Stooges Collection
      The Norman Lear Collection
      Easy Virtue
      The Maiden Heist
      The Buttercup Chain Theatrical Trailer
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