The Killing of Sister George

Although one can't deny the entertainment value of Aldrich's adaptation of Frank Marcus's play about an ageing lesbian actress whose life falls apart as she loses first her job in a TV soap series and then her young lover, it could never be described as either realistic or sensitive. Rather, with its grotesque stereotyping and tour de force bitchiness and hysteria, it's like yet another instalment in the What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? saga. Cynical, objectionable, and fun, distinguished by Beryl Reid's marvellously energetic performance.

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Duration: 138 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Robert Aldrich
Screenwriter: Lukas Heller
Cast: Hugh Paddick
Coral Browne
Ronald Fraser
Patricia Medina
Susannah York
Beryl Reid
Cyril Delevanti
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