Girl with Green Eyes

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Girl with Green Eyes
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Desmond Davis
Produced by Oscar Lewenstein
Written by Edna O'Brien
Starring Peter Finch
Rita Tushingham
Lynn Redgrave
Marie Kean
Arthur O'Sullivan
Julian Glover
Music by John Addison
Cinematography Manny Wynn
Edited by Brian Smedley-Aston
Distributed by United Artists Corporation
Release dates
10 August 1964
Running time
91 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £140,000[1]

Girl with Green Eyes is a 1964 British drama film, which Edna O'Brien adapted from her own novel, The Lonely Girl. It was directed by Desmond Davis, and stars Peter Finch, Rita Tushingham, Lynn Redgrave and Julian Glover.


In 1960s Dublin, Kate Brady (Rita Tushingham), a young rural girl, takes a room with her friend, Baba Brennan (Lynn Redgrave). Kate Brady works in a grocery shop, whereas her friend Baba in a secretarial school. One day talking a walk the two girls are invited to join a friend to go to the Dublin Mountains, where he has to deliver a dog. When they arrive in the countryside their friend looks for the people to give the dog to. Meanwhile Eugene Gaillard (Peter Finch) enters the courtyard. Kate is interested at once and asks her friend about him and discovers that he is a writer. Some time later she meets him by chance in a bookshop where she's lingering. While a romantic relationship evolves between Eugene and Kate, the social and cultural differences grow and become unbearable. Finally the difference of age, the religious divergences, make it impossible to stay together. She feels the world crashes in on her, while Eugene lets her know that it's probably the best end, and he wishes he could be younger and bursts out in tears. Lucky Kate, that she has her friend Baba, going to London, where Kate while working in a bookshop at daytime, finds the meanings of going to school at night, "where I meet different people, different men".[2]



  1. ^ Alexander Walker, Hollywood, England, Stein and Day, 1974 p261
  2. ^ Last words in the film, talked by Kate

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