The Triple Echo

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The Triple Echo
The triple echo poster 1972.jpg
Original poster
Directed by Michael Apted
Produced by Graham Cottle
Written by H.E. Bates (original story)
Robin Chapman (screenplay)
Starring Glenda Jackson
Oliver Reed
Brian Deacon
Anthony May
Gavin Richards
Music by Marc Wilkinson
Cinematography John Coquillon
Edited by Barrie Vince
Distributed by Hemdale Film Corporation
Senta Productions
Release date
  • 1972 (1972)
Running time
94 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Triple Echo[1] (also known as Soldier in Skirts in US release) is a 1972 British drama film directed by Michael Apted starring Glenda Jackson, Brian Deacon and Oliver Reed, and based on a novella by H. E. Bates.[2]

Michel Apted was nominated a Golden Prize Award for the film at the 8th Moscow International Film Festival.[3]


In England during World War II, Alice, a woman running a farm in the countryside, discovers a man named Barton roaming the fields. He helps around the farm and the two become friends, then lovers. Barton decides to desert the army. Alice offers him refuge in exchange for help running the farm in the absence of her husband, who has been taken prisoner by the Japanese. Barton puts Alice's ailing dog out of its misery by shooting it with her husband's shotgun.[4] When the military police begin to search for Barton he must take measures to avoid being caught, so Alice helps him form the disguise of a woman, Jill, her "sister." A Sergeant soon begins to take a liking to Jill. As Christmas approaches, the Sergeant returns to invite Alice and Jill to a Christmas party. Alice declines, but Barton, wanting to get out and have some fun, accepts the offer. Alice disapproves. During the party, the Sergeant and another soldier take Jill and a woman into a back room to engage in some sexual activity, but when Jill forces the Sergeant away he realises that Jill is really a man. Barton escapes and the military police follow, hunt him down near the farm house where Alice is waiting. Because Alice does not want Barton to suffer at the hands of the soldiers, she shoots him dead with her husband's shotgun.



  1. ^ "The Triple Echo 1972". YouTube. 2 May 2011. Retrieved 14 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Book Report: HE Bates The Triple Echo". Retrieved 14 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "8th Moscow International Film Festival (1973)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-03. 
  4. ^ Pauline Kael, Reeling, Marion Boyars Publishers 1976, ISBN 978-0714525822.

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