The French Lieutenant's Woman Poster

Release Date: 1981

DVD Release Date: September 4th, 2001

R|2 hr 3 min

Plot Summary
In this story-within-a-story, Anna (Meryl Streep) is an actress starring opposite Mike (Jeremy Irons) in a period piece about the forbidden love between their respective characters, Sarah and Charles. Both actors are involved in serious relationships, but the passionate nature of the script leads to an off-camera love affair as well. While attempting to maintain their composure and professionalism, Anna and Mike struggle to come to terms with their infidelity.

Cast: Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Leo McKern, Hilton McRae, Emily Morgan, Charlotte Mitchell, Lynsey Baxter, Jean Faulds

Director: Karel Reisz

Genres: Romance

Production Co: Juniper Films

Keywords: 1980s, Forbidden love, England, Melodramatic, Passionate, Temptation, Emotional, Brooding

Awards

Nominated Original Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1981)
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1981)
Nominated Costume Design
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1981)
Nominated Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1981)
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1981)
Nominated Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1981)
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1981)
Nominated Art Direction
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1981)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1981)
Nominated Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)
Winner Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1981)
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1981)