The Killing of Sister George DVD


When June Buckridge (Beryl Reid) arrives at her London flat and announces 'They are going to murder me', her long-time lover and doll-cuddling flat mate Alice 'Childie' McNaught (Susannah York) realises that things are going to change. For June is referring to her character Sister George, a loveable nurse she portrays in a popular daytime serial. To make matters worse, the widowed executive at the BBC responsible for the decision to kill off Sister George - Mercy Croft (Coral Browne) is also a predatory lesbian who is after Childie and will stop at nothing to get what... she wants. [show more]

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01 January 2008
Fremantle Home Entertainment 
135 minutes 
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  • The Killing of Sister George
    bruce martin

    A well known soap character, June Buckridge (Beryl Reid) suspects she is about to be "written out" of her TV series. To make matters worse, she begins to doubt the security of her relationship with her girlfriend Alice "Childy" (Susannah York) especially when the deputy head of the BBC, Mercy Croft (Coral Browne) appears to be overly interested in Alice. This film caused great controversy when first released in 1969 and was even banned in some UK cities because of it's lesbian content. There are outstanding performances from the three stars of the film and great support from Hugh Paddick, Patricia Medina and Ronald Fraser. A well known Lesbian Club called "The Gateways" in Chelsea was used for filming in with their customers being used as "extras". I would highly recommend this film. Beryl Reid's performance as the ageing, alcoholic June is funny and moving and although this film is very different from the original play by Frank Marcus (which also starred Miss Reid), it is well made and very entertaining.

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June Buckridge (Beryl Reid), an ageing lesbian actress, finds her life falling apart after she both loses her job playing Sister George in a long-running television soap opera and discovers that her lover Childie (Susannah York) has fallen for TV executive Mercy Croft (Coral Browne). This leads to a great deal of taboo-busting melodramatics. Directed by cult favourite Robert Aldrich ('Kiss Me Deadly', 'What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?', 'The Dirty Dozen').