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Sunday, Bloody Sunday Academy Award Nomination! Academy Award Nomination! Academy Award Nomination! Academy Award Nomination! 

By Jeff Shannon

Sunday Bloody Sunday is a masterpiece from the days when movies, in general, were much more mature. As written by renowned film critic Penelope Gilliatt and directed by John Schlesinger, this complicated love triangle among three upscale Londoners was a milestone for its time, not simply for its nonchalant treatment of a homosexual relationship, but for illustrating the way sensible adults will negotiate for love, even if it's inconvenient or destined to fail. A doctor in his forties, Daniel (Peter Finch, proving his greatness seven years before Network) loves the much younger artist Bob (Murray Head), who also loves employment counselor Alex (Glenda Jackson at her finest). There's no deception between them--just the troubling dilemma of three lovers with differing degrees of certainty and commitment. Bob's relative blandness is the film's only weakness, but it's tolerable in a drama so deeply understanding of complex human behavior. Deliberately paced but immensely rewarding to the attentive viewer, this was Schlesinger's follow-up to Midnight Cowboy--two great films by a director in his prime.

Academy Awards

Sunday, Bloody Sunday received Academy Awards nominations for Actor (Peter Finch), Actress (Glenda Jackson), Directing (John Schlesinger) and Writing (Best Story and Screenplay based on factual material or material not previously published or produced; Penelope Gilliatt).

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Director: John Schlesinger

Stars: Peter Finch, Glenda Jackson, Peggy Ashcroft

Released: September 8, 1971

Availability: DVD VHS


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