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Movie, 1981, erotic/drama, rated R (age?). France/UK, directed by Just Jaeckin. Written by Christopher Wicking, Just Jaeckin, Marc Behm; based on the novel by D.H. Lawrence. 103 mins (also released as 141 mins.)

Cast: Sylvia Kristel (Constance Chatterley), Shane Briant (Sir Clifford Chatterley), Nicholas Clay (Oliver Mellors), Ann Mitchell (Mrs. Bolton), Elizabeth Spriggs (Lady Eva), Peter Bennett (Butler), Pascale Ridault (Hilda), Anthony Head (Anton), Frank Morey (Priest), Bessie Love (Flora), John Tynan (Roberts), Michael Huston (Footman), Fran Hunter, Ryan Michael, Mark Colleano (Gigolo).

Review: A vapid adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's scorching novel that fizzles into nothingness on the screen. The director and star of the soft-porn classic Emannuelle, Jaeckin and Kristel, combine their debatable talents, with the latter playing the role of Lady Chatterley. Stuck with a husband who's paralyzed from the waist down, the sex-driven Kristel is encouraged to take on a lover. She vents her energies with gamekeeper Clay, and together they display their sexual prowess like peacocks their feathers. The kindest thing to say is that the production is attractive. Also released at 141 minutes. (In English.) Rating: 0. (Movie Guide: Movie Database)

More Reviews/Articles

  • Cine Revue, June 11, 1981: "L'Amant De Lady Chatterley: un nouveau sommet du cinema erotique!" by A. Duroy. stills. 61:16-17.
  • Cine Revue, July 30, 1981: "L'Amant de Lady Chatterley," by J. Aurillac. 61:4-5.
  • Variety, August 26, 1981: "Lady Chatterley's Lover," by Len (L. Borger). credits, review. 304:20.
  • Cinema81, September 1981: "L'Amant de Lady Chatterley," by T. Renaud. credits, review. n273:91-2.
  • Monthly Film Benefit, December 1981: "Lady Chatterley's Lover," by M. Lefanu. credits, review. 48:248.
  • Films, December 1981: "Lady Chatterley's Lover," by J. Fox. credits, photo section, review. 2:31, 37-39.
  • Revue Du Cinema, 1982: "L'Amant de Lady Chatterley," by P. Merigeau. credits. :26-7 hors serie XXVI.
  • Films and Filming, January 1982. "Lady Chatterley's Lover," by C. Hodgson. stills, credits, review. :39-40.
  • Playboy, February 1982: "At long last, lover." il interv, stills. 29:77-81+ [9p].
  • Photoplay, March 1982: "I have to gradually stop doing these erotic films," by S. Baker. port stills. 33:32-4.
  • Levende Billeder, March 15, 1982: "Lady Chatterley's elsker," by H.J. Hansen. credits still. 8:62.
  • Variety, May 5, 1982: "Lady Chatterley's Lover," by Len (L. Borger). credits. 307:24.
  • New York Times, May 10, 1982: "Screen: social comment in 'Lady Chatterley's Lover,'" by H. Mitgang. credits. 131:C20.
  • Village Voice, May 25, 1982: "Film: Unholy Trinity," by C. Rickey. 27:52.
  • Film und Fernsehen, 1983. "Lady Chatterleys Liebhaber," by W. Lange. credits, still. 11:12 n3.
  • The Motion Picture Guide 1927-1983 (text)
  • Leonard Maltin's TV Movies and Video Guide, 1987. (text)
  • Halliwell's Film Guide, 1994. (text)


  • Bentley's Bedlam: Untitled Gallery.


  • British Film Catalogue 1897-1985.
  • Dictionaire Mondial des Films, 1997.
  • Film Literature Index.
  • Halliwell's Film Guide 1994.
  • International Index to Film Periodicals.
  • Internet Movie Database.
  • Leonard Maltin's TV Movies and Video Guide, 1987.
  • The Motion Picture Guide 1927-1983.
  • Movie Guide: Movie Database.
  • Transylvania 1992 Programme.

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