Quest for Love (1971 film)

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Quest for Love
"Quest For Love" (1971).jpg
Directed by Ralph Thomas
Produced by Peter Eton
Written by Terence Feely
Based on Random Quest by John Wyndham
Starring Joan Collins
Tom Bell
Denholm Elliott
Laurence Naismith
Music by Eric Rogers
Cinematography Ernest Steward
Edited by Roy Watts
Peter Rogers Productions
Distributed by J. Arthur Rank Film Distributors (United Kingdom)
Release dates
9 September 1971 (London) (UK)
Running time
87 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Quest for Love is a 1971 British romantic science fiction drama film directed by Ralph Thomas and starring Joan Collins, Tom Bell and Denholm Elliott. It is based on the 1954 short story Random Quest by John Wyndham.[1]


An explosion at a demonstration of his new invention catapults physicist Colin Trafford into a parallel universe - an identical world, but with subtle differences, where John F. Kennedy is Secretary General of the League of Nations and World War II and the Vietnam War never happened. Here he's a famous author with a beautiful wife with whom he instantly falls in love, but for whom his alternate self never cared. But just as suddenly, another accident propels Trafford back to our world where he is caught in a race against time in a quest to find the woman he loves. Little does she know, however, that her life depends on him finding her.


Critical reception[edit]

TV Guide noted, "an unusual science fiction tale that doesn't completely work but does hold interest...The story gets complicated, but the direction juggles the separate worlds without much trouble. Bell's performance makes this project work. He's believable and earnest and brings it off with a guiding clarity";[2] while Time Out called the film "puerile sci-fi romance";[3] but DVD Talk wrote, "a surprisingly effective romance with just the barest sci-fi succeeds in large part due to the two leads' believable underplaying. Bell is on the right note from the beginning of the film, never overplaying his hand...Collins, whom too many people know only from TV's Dynasty, is simply wonderful here, creating a fully-dimensional character." [4]


  1. ^ QUEST FOR LOVE (1971), BFI
  2. ^ "Quest For Love". TV Guide. 
  3. ^ "Quest for Love". Time Out London. 
  4. ^ "Quest For Love (1971)". DVD Talk. 

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