Review: ‘The Buttercup Chain’

The story's somewhat contrived and over glib. Even superficial. But it is directed and written with sympathy and tact and acted by a small cast that could hardly be bettered.

The story’s somewhat contrived and over glib. Even superficial. But it is directed and written with sympathy and tact and acted by a small cast that could hardly be bettered.

Film, based on Janice Elliott’s graceful novel, concerns four individualistic young people who develop as intense friendship among themselves which, during one frenzied summer, strays into dangerous ground obviously aimed for tragedy.

Hywel Bennett is the catalyst, a brooding, withdrawn young man who inevitably sets things in motion. His cousin, a disturbed wary young woman, from whom he’s inseparable is Jane Asher.

Leigh Taylor-Young has a radiant personality which gives life to all her scenes. Asher is a shade less effective in a more complicated role.

The Buttercup Chain

UK

Production

Columbia. Director Robert Ellis Miller; Producer John Whitney, Philip Waddilove; Screenplay Peter Draper; Camera Douglas Slocombe; Editor Thelma Conneli; Music Richard Rodney Bennett; Art Director Wilfrid Shingleton

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Extract of a review from 1970. Running time: 95 MIN.

With

Hywel Bennett Leigh Taylor-Young Jane Asher Sven-Bertil Taube Clive Revill Roy Dotrice
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