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Love Among the Ruins (1975)

An aging actress is being sued for breach of promise. She hires as her lawyer a man who was an ex-lover, and is still in love with her, although she doesn't know it. She realizes that the ... See full summary »

Director:

George Cukor

Writer:

James Costigan
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Won 6 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Katharine Hepburn ... Jessica Medlicott
Laurence Olivier ... Sir Arthur Glanville-Jones
Colin Blakely ... J.F. Devine
Richard Pearson ... Druce
Joan Sims ... Fanny Pratt
Leigh Lawson ... Alfred Pratt
Gwen Nelson ... Hermione Davis
Robert Harris ... The Judge
Peter Reeves Peter Reeves ... Maiden
John Blythe ... Tipstall
Arthur Hewlett ... The Usher
John Dunbar John Dunbar ... The Clerk of the Court
Ian Sinclair Ian Sinclair ... Pratt's Solicitor
Mervyn Pascoe Mervyn Pascoe ... 1st Barrister
Colin Thomas Colin Thomas ... 2nd Barrister
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Storyline

An aging actress is being sued for breach of promise. She hires as her lawyer a man who was an ex-lover, and is still in love with her, although she doesn't know it. She realizes that the only way to win this case and protect her assets is to destroy her reputation. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor Entre Ruínas See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

ABC Circle Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The star teaming of Katharine Hepburn and Sir Laurence Olivier was the result of the suggestion of Katharine Hepburn. See more »

Quotes

Sir Arthur Glanville-Jones: Are you dining at home?
Druce: Yes, Alice expects me. Here, um, will you come too? Are you free?
Sir Arthur Glanville-Jones: My dear boy, I am freedom's prisoner.
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Referenced in Mad About You: Love Among the Tiles (1993) See more »

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Brilliant!! An absolute pleasure to watch!
9 February 2000 | by Lady XSee all my reviews

The pairing of Katharine Hepburn and Laurence Olivier for this delightful production was a stroke of casting genius! Although they had known each other since 1934, this was their first and only professional collaboration, and came to be as a result of Hepburn's suggestion. Olivier, in his book, "On Acting," called it "my happiest professional film experience."

These two celebrated veterans of theatre and cinema, with a wealth of experience between them, played off one another brilliantly -- Hepburn as the wealthy dowager, Jessica Medicott, who is being sued for breach of promise by a much younger man, and Olivier as the renowned barrister, Sir Arthur Granville-Jones, who is retained to defend her in the lawsuit. The irony here is that Jessica had, almost 50 years before, jilted Sir Arthur, when he was a young law student, and he has carried a torch for her ever since -- but SHE, long-married and now widowed, doesn't even remember him! Now, Sir Arthur must subdue his own feelings of resentment and longing, for a passion which has consumed him for over forty years, as he presents her case to the court.

The acting is perfection, including that of a strong supporting cast, the script is intelligent, witty, and well-written, the sets and costumes are beautiful (it is set in England in the early 1900's), and the direction by George Cukor, in his first venture into television, is sensitive and masterful. It is one of those rare productions which leaves the viewer with an overall sense of pleasure at having witnessed storytelling and acting at its VERY best!


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