A Severed Head (film)

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A Severed Head
A Severed Head.jpg
Directed by Dick Clement
Produced by Elliott Kastner
Alan Ladd, Jr.
Denis Holt
Written by Frederic Raphael
Starring Lee Remick
Richard Attenborough
Ian Holm
Claire Bloom
Music by Stanley Myers
Cinematography Austin Dempster
Edited by Peter Weatherley
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • December 1970 (1970-12) (UK)
  • 28 March 1971 (1971-03-28) (USA)
Running time
98 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

A Severed Head is a 1970 British drama film directed by Dick Clement and starring Claire Bloom, Lee Remick, Richard Attenborough and Ian Holm. It is based on the novel of the same name by Iris Murdoch.


Antonia is the pampered wife of an upper class wine merchant, Martin Lynch-Gibbon. She tells her husband that she is in love with their best friend, psychiatrist Palmer Anderson. Palmer and Antonia wish to deal with the situation in a civilized manner by remaining friends with Martin.

Meanwhile, Martin tries to keep his mistress, Georgie Hands, a secret. However, Palmer's sister, Honor Klein, who once taught Georgie at Oxford University, tells Palmer and Antonia about their affair. Honor then introduces Georgie to Martin's womanizing brother, Alexander. This is just the start of the various liaisons.[1]



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