A Severed Head

A Severed Head

Dick Clement (1970)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Though not a patch on Iris Murdoch's 1961 novel, nor its subsequent stage adaptation, this is still an amusing, sophisticated British sex comedy which, in its highly polished way, recalls Ross Hunter's Hollywood films of the 1950s and 60s. Screenwriter Frederic Raphael was obviously writing about people he knew - academics and posh folk indulging in a mad charade of partner-swapping. In his first screen lead, Ian Holm is the harassed wine merchant juggling a wife and mistresses. The Likely Lads co-writer Dick Clement directs with confidence.


An adulterous wine merchant has his infidelities paid back in kind when his wife openly has an affair with her psychiatrist. Comedy, starring Ian Holm and Lee Remick.

Cast & Crew

Actor Ian Holm
Actor Richard Attenborough
Actor Clare Bloom
Actor Jennie Linden
Actor Lee Remick
Director Dick Clement
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Winkast Prods LtdGuidance: Sex scenes, nudityAvailable on: DVD and Blu-ray