Women in Love

Women in Love

Ken Russell (1969)

X Certificate


Our Score
This adaptation of the DH Lawrence novel marked one of Ken Russell's more successful forays into literature, with the director resisting the excesses that would come to mar some of his later films. Set in the mining community of Nottinghamshire in the 1920s, it stars Oliver Reed and Alan Bates as friends who woo sisters Jennie Linden and Glenda Jackson (who won an Oscar for her performance), in the process bringing love and tragedy upon them all. The nude male wrestling scene makes unnecessary macho points that didn't need emphasis, but it gave the film its notoriety. And where would Russell have been without notoriety?


While attending a wedding that ends in tragedy, sisters Gudrun and Ursula meet lifelong friends Rupert and Gerald. Rupert and Ursula soon marry, while Gudrun and Gerald have an affair. The foursome head to Switzerland on holiday, where their relationships take markedly different and unexpected directions. Ken Russell's drama, based on DH Lawrence's novel, starring Alan Bates, Oliver Reed, Glenda Jackson and Jennie Linden.

Cast & Crew

Gudrun Brangwen Glenda Jackson
Rupert Birkin Alan Bates
Gerald Crich Oliver Reed
Ursula Brangwen Jennie Linden
Hermione Roddice Eleanor Bron
Thomas Crich Alan Webb
Loerke Vladek Sheybal
Mrs Crich Catherine Willmer
Winifred Crich Phoebe Nicholls
Laura Crich Sharon Gurney
Tibby Lupton Christopher Gable
Tom Brangwen Michael Gough
Director Ken Russell
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: United Artists Corp. LtdGuidance: Contains sex scenes and nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 13 Nov 1969