- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 50 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 23, 2012
- Originally Released: 1971
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Billy Williams
- New interviews with Williams, actor Murray Head, production designer Luciana Arrighi, John Schlesinger biographer William J. Mann, and Schlesinger's longtime partner, photographer Michael Childers
- Illustrated 1975 audio interview with Schlesinger
- Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by cultural historian Ian Buruma and Penlope Gilliatt's 1971 introduction to her published screenplay
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.66
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
USA Today - 09/19/2003
"...A landmark in gay cinema..."
Empire - 02/01/2009
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his is a poignant study....Schlesinger explores the impact on the middle-class of 1960s attitudes to sex and class....He also elicits performances of great sensitivity..."
Sight and Sound - 02/01/2013
"[I]t works on the level of documentary-like observation and novelistic stream-of-consciousness..."
Directed by John Schlesinger, SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY is a sociologically astute drama about the bisexual love triangle between three characters navigating the changing mores of the early-1970s sexual revolution. Gay doctor Daniel Hirsh (Peter Finch) and divorced working woman Alex Greville (Glenda Jackson) are both involved with the same man--the much younger and rather self-absorbed bisexual sculptor Bob Elkin (Murray Head). Rather than keeping the simultaneous affairs a secret, Bob has chosen to make Daniel and Alex perfectly aware of each other's existence, leading to melancholy ruminations on the shifting nature of love, sex, and relationships in an increasingly fractured British society. Considered groundbreaking for its frank depiction of homosexuality (as well as featuring one of the first onscreen same-sex kisses), the film's nonjudgmental approach to its characters' seething loneliness is shaped by Penelope Gilliatt's intelligent script, Schlesinger's fluid direction, and the disarmingly honest performances of its two leads. SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY deftly straddles the line between character study and social commentary, offering mature drama that is both specific to its era and disconcertingly prescient.
Art / Artists |
Gay / Lesbian |
London, England |
Love Affairs |
Love Story |
Love Triangle |
Love Triangles |
- Actor Daniel Day-Lewis made his first screen appearance as a child in this film.
- Loncraine and Broxton provided the sculptures and models.
- Trio from "Cosi fan Tutte" was sung by Pilar Lorengar, Yvonne Minton and Barry McDaniel.
- Academy Award Nominations: 4, including Best Director, Best Actor--Peter Finch, and Best Actress--Glenda Jackson.