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Under Milk Wood (1971)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 21 January 1973 (USA)
This is a delightful, if peculiar, story of a day in the life of a small, Welsh fishing village called "Llareggub" (read it backwards). We meet a host of curious characters (and ghosts) ... See full summary »

Director:

Andrew Sinclair

Writers:

Andrew Sinclair, Dylan Thomas (play)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Burton ... First Man
Elizabeth Taylor ... Rosie Probert
Peter O'Toole ... Captain Tom Cat
Glynis Johns ... Myfanwy Price
Vivien Merchant ... Mrs. Pugh
Siân Phillips ... Mrs. Ogmore-Pritchard
Victor Spinetti ... Mog Edwards
Ryan Davies Ryan Davies ... Second Man
Angharad Rees ... Gossamer Beynon
Ray Smith Ray Smith ... Mr. Waldo
Michael Forrest Michael Forrest ... Sinbad Sailors
Ann Beach Ann Beach ... Polly Garter
Glynn Edwards ... Mr. Cherry Owen
Bridget Turner Bridget Turner ... Mrs. Cherry Owen
Talfryn Thomas ... Mr. Pugh
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This is a delightful, if peculiar, story of a day in the life of a small, Welsh fishing village called "Llareggub" (read it backwards). We meet a host of curious characters (and ghosts) through the "eyes" of blind Captain Tom Cat (Peter O'Toole). This is a true "classic" of modern British writing with a wonderful, mischievous use of language. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Although two married couples - Richard Burton and Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Peter O'Toole and Siân Phillips - are amongst the cast of this movie, neither couple is ever seen on-screen together. However, Peter O'Toole and Dame Elizabeth Taylor appeared together in a very steamy bedroom scene. See more »

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Gossamer Beynon: Oh! Come and get me, Mr Anybody!
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Dylan Thomas' genius translates well onto celluloid
16 September 2005 | by timcphillips-1See all my reviews

The movie is a painting of scenes, and a romance with English words that, oddly enough, only Celtic people seem capable of; Welshman Burton's riveting voice gives life to his countryman's work like perhaps none living could, today . The language is so lively and the metaphors so concentrated that the film may leave some scratching their heads; but for lovers of poetry, or literature at large, this well-conceived and directed interpretation of Dylan is worth the viewing. Peter O'Toole and Elizabeth Taylor give interesting performances, and the film contains several scenes that will stay with the viewer long after the film is over. The lush countryside of seaside Wales, and the sleepy little village in which the action plays out, are also quite haunting. Llareggub, indeed.


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Language:

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21 January 1973 (USA) See more »

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