• The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)

The French Lieutenant's Woman

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

Awards

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