The Rainbow (film)

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The Rainbow
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ken Russell
Produced by Dan Ireland
William J. Quigley
Written by D. H. Lawrence
Ken Russell
Vivian Russell
Starring Sammi Davis
Cinematography Billy Williams
Edited by Peter Davies
Release dates
  • 5 May 1989 (1989-05-05)
Running time
113 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Rainbow is a 1989 British drama film directed by Ken Russell.[1] The story, adapted from the D. H. Lawrence novel of the same name, is a prequel to Lawrence's Women in Love, which was also made into an homonymous film by Russell in 1969.

Sammi Davis stars as Ursula, a sheltered young pupil, then schoolteacher, who's taken under the wing (sexually and otherwise) by the more sophisticated Winifred (Amanda Donohoe). Glenda Jackson appears as the mother of the character she played in Women in Love.

Leonard Maltin commented that "Many beautiful and striking moments don't quite gel, but still worth watching". The film was entered into the 16th Moscow International Film Festival.[2]



  1. ^ James, Caryn. "NY Times: The Rainbow". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  2. ^ "16th Moscow International Film Festival (1989)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-02-24. 

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