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Lady Caroline Lamb (1972)

A noblewoman doomed to a loveless marriage falls into a scandalous affair with the dashing Lord Byron.

Director:

Robert Bolt

Writer:

Robert Bolt
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Miles ... Lady Caroline Lamb
Jon Finch ... William Lamb
Richard Chamberlain ... Lord Byron
John Mills ... Canning
Margaret Leighton ... Lady Melbourne
Pamela Brown ... Lady Bessborough
Silvia Monti ... Miss Milbanke
Ralph Richardson ... George IV
Laurence Olivier ... Duke of Wellington
Caterina Boratto
Peter Bull ... Minister
Charles Carson ... Potter
Sonia Dresdel ... Lady Pont
Nicholas Field Nicholas Field ... St. John
Felicity Gibson Felicity Gibson ... Girl in Blue
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A noblewoman doomed to a loveless marriage falls into a scandalous affair with the dashing Lord Byron.

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England expected an affaire. Caroline gave them history.

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Lady Caroline See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Writer and Director Robert Bolt originally wanted longtime collaborator Sir David Lean to direct this movie from the screenplay that he wrote. The two had previously collaborated on Doctor Zhivago (1965), Ryan's Daughter (1970), and Lawrence of Arabia (1962). However, Lean was not interested in doing this movie, so Bolt directed it. See more »

Quotes

ADC to Wellington: [Caroline has just slashed her wrists] Good God, your Grace! She just tried to kill herself!
Duke of Wellington: Nonsense, me boy. No difficulty about killing yourself, if you really mean to.
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Connections

Referenced in The Films of Robert Bolt (1972) See more »

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Music by Lacout
Arranged by Lawrence Ashmore
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I'm glad I didn't pay $2 to see this in 1973
18 July 2014 | by steven_torreySee all my reviews

I gave the movie an 8 out of 10 stars--because I thought the actors gave convincing portrayals of a drug-addled Caroline Lamb, and an ambitious William Lamb 2nd Viscount Melbourne, and an equally ambitious mother of William Lamb. Without seeing Lady Caroline Lamb as one addicted to laudanum, the viewer misses an important part of the Sarah Miles portrayal; I was convinced from the acting and make up that Lady Caroline was addicted and emotionally disturbed--the cropped hair, the pale--wan look, the bugged eyes. Lord Byron, played by Richard Chamberlain came across as the cad Byron was in real life. The other actors more than fulfilled their contract and gave exemplary performances.

As always, anything from Hollywood and its environs in England or Italy or Germany, etc. is to be suspect. The business of Hollywood is to tell a story, not to describe history. Apparently Lady Caroline Lamb died at the early age of 43 (in January 1828) of influenza-- the dramatic collapse of Lady Caroline is just that--drama. The viewer can readily conclude from the movie that addiction to laudanum severely compromised her health. One turns to books to verify the information in the movie.

The movie portrays William Lamb as long suffering with an unstable and unfaithful wife--where in reality, William Lamb himself was no slouch in the infidelity department. William Lamb did not become Lord Melbourne till his Father's death in 1828-- after Caroline had died; Melbourne did not become Prime Minister till 1834--again, years after Lady Caroline died.

The movie is available on YouTube and is worth spending the two hours it takes; like I say, I'm glad I didn't spend the $2 to see it in 1973. There were many better movies to see at that time.


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