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Killing of Sister George (The)

UK, English, 138 mins

  • Director: Robert Aldrich
  • Writer: Lukas Heller; Frank Marcus
  • Producer: Robert Aldrich; Walter Blake

CGiii Comment

A cruel and spiteful wonder.

Beryl Reid flies...she gives absolutely everything to the part.

Vile and rather delicious.


Actress June Buckridge (Beryl Reid) plays a kindly nun in a popular British soap, a role altogether distinct from her off-screen persona: a fabulously brassy butch with a sadistic streak who hits the bottle hard. Her life begins to unravel when plans are made to kill off her character, and, making matters worse, one of the show’s producers has eyes for her much-younger girlfriend. The writer Terry Castle described The Killing of Sister George as “a lesbian fable at once so jolting and so sophisticated, so true and so false, so intelligent and raffish about what women do together, it seemingly had to be forgotten immediately.” Yet revisiting the film, she concluded that “one may feel one still hasn’t caught up with it. Susannah York in lingerie and bunny skuffs, chomping on a cigar fished from the toilet by her lover, a raddled Beryl Reid: it’s a revolution in awareness still waiting to happen.”


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The(ir) Blurb...

George lives with her lover, Childie and plays a cheerful district nurse in a BBC soap opera. However, her character is to be killed off, and George realises that the only other job she can get is the voice of a cow in a children's tv programme. Her life begins to fall apart as Childie has an affair with a predatory tv producer.

Cast & Characters

Beryl Reid as June 'George' Buckridge;
Susannah York as Alice 'Childie' McNaught;
Coral Browne as Mercy Croft;
Ronald Fraser as Leo Lockhart;
Patricia Medina as Betty Thaxter;
Hugh Paddick as Freddie;
Cyril Delevanti as Ted Baker;
Sivi Aberg as Diana;
William Beckley as Floor Manager;
Elaine Church as Marelen;
Brendan Dillon as Bert Turner;
Mike Freeman as Noel;
Maggie Paige as Maid;
Jack Raine as Deputy Commissioner;
Dolly Taylor as Tea Lady

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