Ulysses (1967 film)
|Directed by||Joseph Strick|
|Produced by||Joseph Strick|
|Screenplay by||Fred Haines
by James Joyce
|Music by||Stanley Myers|
|Edited by||Reginald Mills|
|Distributed by||British Lion Films|
|Release date(s)||14 March 1967 (USA)
June 1967 (UK)
|Running time||132 min.|
|Box office||$2,300,000 (US/ Canada)|
Starring Milo O'Shea as Leopold Bloom, Barbara Jefford as Molly Bloom, Maurice Roëves as Stephen Dedalus, T. P. McKenna as Buck Mulligan and Sheila O'Sullivan as May Golding Dedalus, it was adapted by Fred Haines and Joseph Strick, and directed by Strick. Haines and Strick shared an Oscar nomination for the screenplay.
Making of the film
This was the first film adaptation of the novel, 45 years on from its publication. It stands out over the subsequent film, Bloom, for its fidelity to the book and the fact that almost the entire screenplay is taken from lines in the book. It was the first motion picture to use the word "fuck".
Strick obtained a BAFTA and Golden Globe nomination on foot of the film as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.
It was entered into the 1967 Cannes Film Festival. Festival organizers deleted some of the French subtitles without informing the director. When Strick noticed the deletions during the film's screening, "he stood up and yelled out that this film had been censored," Strick's son David told the Los Angeles Times. "He went upstairs to the projection booth and turned off the switches. He was then pushed down a flight of stairs by festival goons. My father and his associates withdrew the film immediately from the festival," David Strick said.
Rating and censorship
Ulysses was originally rated 'X' in the UK after extensive cuts were demanded by BBFC censor John Trevelyan. However director Joseph Strick replaced the offending dialogue with a series of screeches and sounds, thus rendering the scenes unintelligible. Eventually the film was released uncut in 1970, and the rating was reduced to '15' for the video release in 1996. 
The large number of characters in the novel is reflected in the very large cast of the film. The cast, in order of credit, is as follows:
- Milo O'Shea – Leopold Bloom
- Barbara Jefford – Molly Bloom
- Maurice Roëves – Stephen Dedalus
- T. P. McKenna – Buck Mulligan
- Anna Manahan – Bella Cohen
- Chris Curran – Myles Crawford
- Fionnula Flanagan – Gerty MacDowell
- Geoffrey Golden - The Citizen
- Martin Dempsey – Simon Dedalus
- Edward Golden – Martin Cunningham
- Maire Hastings – Mary Driscoll
- David Kelly – Garrett Deasy
- Graham Lines – Haines
- Desmond Perry - Bantam Lyons
- Rosaleen Linehan – Nurse Callan
- Joe Lynch – Blazes Boylan
- Maureen Potter – Josie Breen
- Maureen Toal – Zoe Higgins
- Frank Bailey
- Jim Bartley - Private Carr
- Colin Bird - Private Compton
- Robert Carlisle Jr - Dr Dixon
- Barry Cassin
- Brendan Cauldwell - Bob Doran
- Mary Cluskey - Mrs Yelverton Barry
- Leon Collins - Vincent Lynch
- Danny Cummins – a drinker in Barney Kiernan's pub
- Brenda Doyle
- Tony Doyle - Lt Stanley G. Gardner
- Meryl Gourley - Mrs Mervyn Talboys
- Don Irwin
- Des Keogh – Joe Hynes
- Eugene Lambert – Punch Costello
- Thomas MacAnna
- Pamela Mant - Kitty Ricketts
- Peter Mayock – Jack Power
- Paulline Melville
- John Molloy - Corny Kelleher
- Claire Mullen - Florry Talbot
- Ruadhan Neeson - Cyril Sargent
- Maire Ni Ghrainne
- Sheila O'Sullivan – May Golding Dedalus
- Jack Plant - Denis Breen
- Derry Power
- Lilian Rapple
- Charlie Roberts
- Paddy Roche - Madden
- Ann Rowan - Mrs Bellingham
- Cecil Sheehan
- Cecil Sheridan - John Henry Menton
- Robert Somerset - Lenehan
- Ritchie Stewart
- O. Z. Whitehead - Alexander J. Dowie
- Biddy White-Lennon - Cissy Caffrey
- James Joyce's Women (1985)
- Show Biz's Mr. Diversification Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times (1923–Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 24 September 1967: n16.
- "Big Rental Films of 1967", Variety, 3 January 1968 p 25. Please note these figures refer to rentals accruing to the distributors.
- McLellan, Dennis (4 June 2010). "McLellan, Dennis. (2010, June 4). ''Joseph Strick dies at 86; independent filmmaker brought 'Ulysses' to big screen''. The Los Angeles Times". Latimes.com. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
- "Festival de Cannes: Ulysses". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 11 March 2009.
- "British Board of Film Classification". Retrieved 4 January 2011.
- Brittenden, Wayne. The Celluloid Circus: The Heyday of the New Zealand Picture Theatre. New Zealand: Godwit (Random House), 2008, p. 134. ISBN 978-1-86962-146-9
- "Film & Video Labelling Body of New Zealand". Retrieved 4 January 2011.