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Brotherly Love (1970)

Country Dance (original title)
R | | Drama | 22 April 1970 (USA)
Controversial tragicomedy about a brother's obsessive love for his sister. Having left her husband, Hilary moves in with her unbalanced brother, Pink, who uses wit and humor to hide his amorous yearnings.

Director:

J. Lee Thompson

Writers:

James Kennaway (novel), James Kennaway (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter O'Toole ... Sir Charles Ferguson
Susannah York ... Hilary Dow
Michael Craig ... Douglas Dow
Harry Andrews ... Brig. Crieff
Cyril Cusack ... Dr. Maitland
Judy Cornwell ... Rosie
Brian Blessed ... Jack Baird
Robert Urquhart Robert Urquhart ... Auctioneer
Mark Malicz Mark Malicz ... Benny-the-Pole
Jean Anderson ... Matron
Lennox Milne Lennox Milne ... Miss Mailer
Helena Gloag Helena Gloag ... Auntie Belle
Marjorie Dalziel Marjorie Dalziel ... Bank Lizzie
Marjorie Christie Marjorie Christie ... Bun Mackenzie
Rona Newton-John Rona Newton-John ... Miss Scott
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Controversial tragicomedy about a brother's obsessive love for his sister. Having left her husband, Hilary moves in with her unbalanced brother, Pink, who uses wit and humor to hide his amorous yearnings.

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Taglines:

Not all love is beautiful

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brotherly Love See more »

Filming Locations:

Perthshire, Scotland, UK See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The writer James Kennaway, who wrote the novel " Household Ghosts " on which the movie is based, died in a car crash, after driving home from a meeting with Peter O'Toole about the script for " Brotherly Love". He was just 40. See more »

Quotes

Sir Charles Ferguson: Remember the nice things. Reared in exile by a card-cheating, scandal ruined daddy. A mummy who gave us gin for milk. Ours was such a beautifully disgusting childhood.
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Soundtracks

Love Is the Sweetest Thing
Performed by Al Bowlly
Music and Lyrics by Ray Noble
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O'Toole is mesmerizing in this tragi-comedy
21 February 2006 | by JuguAbrahamSee all my reviews

Peter O'Toole is a treat to watch in roles where the lines he speaks are good and offer a chance for him to swagger in drunken stupor. The lovely Susannah York provides a good foil for O'Toole's dramatic presence.

The film alludes to incest--without a single explicit scene--but it is able to entertain the viewer in its raucous social commentary. Though this is not major film by any reckoning, it will be remembered for its entertaining performances.

Even York, signing the papers at the end, is a treat to watch, exuding tragedy silently. The possible weakness here is Thompson's laid-back direction. But the film floats because of the actors and the script.

I saw the film twice over a period of 20 years--on both occasions with the name "Brotherly love". "Country dance" is a rather farcical and inappropriate title for this movie, wherever it was released as such.


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