×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Killing of Sister George
     

The Killing of Sister George

Director: Robert Aldrich

Cast: Beryl Reid, Susannah York, Coral Browne

 

See All Formats & Editions

A year after helming The Dirty Dozen, director Robert Aldrich took on this controversial drama based on the play of the same name by Frank Marcus. Beryl Reid stars as soap opera star June, an alcoholic lesbian who spends most of her time with her younger lover, Alice (Susannah York). When vindictive television executive Mercy Croft (Coral Browne) takes a liking

Overview

A year after helming The Dirty Dozen, director Robert Aldrich took on this controversial drama based on the play of the same name by Frank Marcus. Beryl Reid stars as soap opera star June, an alcoholic lesbian who spends most of her time with her younger lover, Alice (Susannah York). When vindictive television executive Mercy Croft (Coral Browne) takes a liking to Alice, she arranges to have June's character, Sister George, killed off the show. Drunk and paranoid, June struggles to keep it together or risk losing Alice. Because of its exploration of a subject as taboo as homosexuality, The Killing of Sister George earned an X rating.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Robert Aldrich's The Killing of Sister George is a powerful black comedy that continues to generate controversy over its portrayal of lesbian relationships. The central relationship is disturbing and fascinating, not due to the sex of the characters, but due to its sometimes abusive nature. Aldrich, whose work often is a mesmerizing mixture of luridness, camp, and insightfulness, is in top form here, creating a claustrophobic onscreen atmosphere that causes the audience itself to feel as trapped as the characters. George herself is the most trapped, but also the one that struggles the most against it -- and ironically the only one still trapped by film's end. Beryl Reid's towering performance is stunning. The viewer is appalled when watching her humiliate Childie with a cigar butt, yet somehow sympathetic. Reid makes the audience root for her and feel for her, even when she is at her most monstrous. And her final scene, standing amid the debris of a television studio and mooing, is both harrowing and heartbreaking. Susannah York and Coral Browne also turn in incredible performances, and their five-minute love scene is shocking both for its frankness and the naked intensity of desperate emotion they bring to it. Overlong, discomforting, and sometimes over-the-top in content, Sister George is still a unique experience.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/22/2000
UPC:
0013131098099
Original Release:
1968
Rating:
R
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
2:20:00

Special Features

Widescreen presentation [1.85:1]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Beryl Reid June (Sister George)
Susannah York Alice McNaught
Coral Browne Mercy Croft
Ronald Fraser Leo Lockhart
Patricia Medina Betty Thaxter
Hugh Paddick Freddie
Cyril Delevanti Ted Baker
Cyril Elaine Church Actor
Sivi Aberg Diana
William Beckley Floor Manager
Elaine Church Marelen
Brendan Dillon Bert Turner
Jack Raine Deputy Commissioner
Meier Tzelniker Mr. Katz
Cicely Walper Mrs. Coote
Byron Webster Jack Adams

Technical Credits
Robert Aldrich Director,Producer
Joseph Biroc Cinematographer
Walter Blake Associate Producer
Dick Church Sound/Sound Designer
Gerald Fried Score Composer
William Glasgow Art Director,Production Designer
Lukas Heller Screenwriter
Dean Hodges Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Luciano Editor
Renie Costumes/Costume Designer
Edgar J. Scherick Executive Producer
Lynn Stalmaster Casting
William Turner Makeup
Brian West Cinematographer

Scene Index

Chapter Selection
0. Chapter Selection
1. Opening Credits [5:10]
2. Talk Of Murder [1:40]
3. Welcome To Applehurst [3:56]
4. The Nun Incident [4:42]
5. An Act Of Contrition [9:47]
6. Betty And Marlene [5:26]
7. Apology [2:52]
8. Mrs. Croft Pays A Visit [11:03]
9. A Severe Reprimand [8:42]
10. Bout With The Flu [4:56]
11. Fan Letters [4:25]
12. A Toast Gone Bad [5:52]
13. Next Week's Script [7:21]
14. At The Club [3:30]
15. Mrs. Croft Arrives [4:40]
16. Bad News For George [3:51]
17. A Potential Opening [4:51]
18. The Production Opening [2:39]
19. The Production Meeting [5:32]
20. An Uncooperative Corpse [9:16]
21. Burning Bridges [11:03]
22. Back At The Flat [3:20]
23. Questionable Needs [6:33]
24. George Returns Home [7:35]
25. End Credits [:47]

Videos

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews