Under Milk Wood (film)

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Under Milk Wood (film)
Under Milk Wood 1972 Poster.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Directed by Andrew Sinclair
Produced by John Comfort et al.
Written by Dylan Thomas
Screenplay by Andrew Sinclair
Based on Under Milk Wood, A Play for Voices 
by Dylan Thomas
Starring Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter O'Toole
Music by Brian Gascoigne
Cinematography Robert Huke
Edited by Willy Kemplen, Greg Miller
Distributed by J. Arthur Rank Film Distributors (1972,UK), Altura Films International (1973,USA)
Release dates
  • January 27, 1972 (1972-01-27) (UK)
  • January 21, 1973 (1973-01-21) (USA)
Running time
87 min
Country UK
Language English

Under Milk Wood is a 1972 British film directed by Andrew Sinclair and based on the 1954 radio play Under Milk Wood by the Welsh writer Dylan Thomas. It featured performances from many well-known actors as the residents of the fictional Welsh fishing village of Llareggub including Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Siân Phillips, David Jason, Glynis Johns, Victor Spinetti, Ruth Madoc, Angharad Rees, Ann Beach, Vivien Merchant and Peter O'Toole.[1] As of January 2014, this was the only live-action theater-released film of the play.[2]

It was the only film in which Burton, Taylor and O’Toole appeared together. It was shot primarily on location in Wales and has since acquired a reputation among aficionados as a cult movie.[3] "The film, beautifully photographed and spoken, casts the brooding spell of Thomas’ verse in its reconstruction of the seaside village and the daily round of its inhabitants", wrote Andrew Sinclair in the International Herald Tribune.[3]

In December 2012 the director of the film, Andrew Sinclair, gave its rights to the people of Wales.[4]


  1. ^ Under Milk Wood on Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ per Internet Movie Database title search
  3. ^ a b [1] Interview with director Andrew Sinclair on englishpen.org
  4. ^ Trivia about the film on Internet Movie Database

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