The Killing of Sister George
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A year after helming The Dirty Dozen, director Robert Aldrich took on this controversial drama based on the play of the same name by Frank Marcus. Beryl Reid stars as soap opera star June, an alcoholic lesbian who spends most of her time with her younger lover, Alice (Susannah York). When vindictive television executive Mercy Croft (Coral Browne) takes a liking to Alice, she arranges to have June's character, Sister George, killed off the show. Drunk and paranoid, June struggles to keep it together or risk losing Alice. Because of its exploration of a subject as taboo as homosexuality, The… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

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"Robert Aldrich's "daring" 1968 mating of lesbianism and commerce was, as I recall, considered pretty tame even then; lord knows what it looks like today."
‑ Pat Graham, Chicago Reader
"Talky, exploitive (for 1968) drama focusing on lesbianism."
‑ Steve Crum,
"More wearisome than appealing."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Because of its outre subject of lesbianism and one sexually graphic scene, Aldrich's well acted, lurid melodrama was slapped with X-rating upon its release."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Quase um Quem Tem Medo de Virginia Woolf? lésbico, este é um filme denso, muitas vezes desagradável como sua protagonista (Reid, fantástica), mas sempre instigante e corajoso."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Melodrama, slapstick, romance, exploitation, and psychological horror all vie for dominance throughout the film, giving it an air of fickle, feminine hysteria, which the graphic sex scene at the end of the film makes still more difficult to pin down."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Reverse Shot
"Excellently acted version of the play is finally rather dull."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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