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Larry and Vivien: The Oliviers in Love (2001)

A portrait of the 30 year relationship between Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier. With comments by their friends and family.


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Credited cast:
Ian McKellen ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Renée Asherson ... Herself
Alan Bates ... (archive footage)
Michael Blakemore Michael Blakemore ... Himself
Rand Brooks ... Himself
Judy Campbell ... Herself
Jack Cardiff ... Himself
Colin Clark Colin Clark ... Himself - Interviewee
Yolande Donlan ... Herself - Interviewee
Elaine Dundy Elaine Dundy ... Herself
Trader Faulkner ... Himself
Victor Fleming ... Himself (archive footage)
Michael Gambon ... Himself
Rosemary Geddes Rosemary Geddes ... Herself
Peter Hall ... Himself - Interviewee


A portrait of the 30 year relationship between Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier. With comments by their friends and family.

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13 September 2001 (UK) See more »

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Black and White | Color (Technicolor)
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A real-life Shakespearean tragedy
23 April 2005 | by James_ByrneSee all my reviews

LARRY AND VIVIEN: THE OLIVIERS IN LOVE was first broadcast on Channel Four on September 13, 2001. It's an absorbing documentary about two superbly talented, extremely attractive and totally selfish actors.Interspersed between archive footage, old photographs and film clips are some revealing anecdotes from family and friends, the most notable being Tarquin Olivier, who delivers some icily bitter comments about his absent father. This superior documentary contains interviews with Charlton Heston, who appeared on stage with Olivier in "The Tumbler" (Chuck turned down a film with Marilyn Monroe just to act with Olivier, his favourite actor). Heston can't resist quoting Larry's "St. Crispin" lines from HENRY V. Also interviewed are John Mills, Jean Simmons, Alan Bates and Michael Gambon. This is one of the most riveting movie star documentaries I have ever seen, highly recommended.

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