Three into Two Won't Go

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Three into Two Won't Go
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Peter Hall
Produced by Julian Blaustein
Written by Andrea Newman
Edna O'Brien
Starring Rod Steiger
Claire Bloom
Judy Geeson
Music by Francis Lai
Cinematography Walter Lassally
Edited by Alan Osbiston
Release date
  • 2 July 1969 (1969-07-02)
Running time
92 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $1.5 million[1]

Three into Two Won't Go is a 1969 British drama film directed by Peter Hall, and starring Rod Steiger, Claire Bloom and Judy Geeson. The film was entered into the 19th Berlin International Film Festival.[2]


Steve and Frances Howard are a middle-aged, married and childless couple who reside in a sparsely decorated home in Manchester, England. He is an executive in a store that sells appliances.

Steve picks up a teenage hitchhiker, Ella, and begins an affair. Ella turns up at his home claiming to be pregnant, where after becoming acquainted, Frances isn't sure whether to consider the girl a rival or offer to adopt her unborn baby. The situation further demonstrates the loveless nature of the couple's marriage.



Box Office[edit]

The film was the 19th most popular film at the UK box office in 1969.[3]

US version[edit]

In 1970 a version of the film screened on NBC in the US. Hall, O'Brien and Newman demanded their names be taken off the film alleging 20 minutes of new footage had been shot and added.[4]


  1. ^ Alexander Walker, Hollywood, England, Stein and Day, 1974 p345
  2. ^ " Awards for Three into Two Won't Go". Retrieved 7 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "The World's Top Twenty Films." Sunday Times [London, England] 27 Sept. 1970: 27. The Sunday Times Digital Archive. accessed 5 Apr. 2014
  4. ^ British Film Bowdlerized: Creators Demand Credits Removed By Alfred Frierdly. The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973) [Washington, D.C] 28 Oct 1970: B1.

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