The Buttercup Chain

The Buttercup Chain

DVD cover
Directed by Robert Ellis Miller
Produced by Leslie Gilliat
Philip Waddilove
John Whitney
Written by Peter Draper
Janice Elliott
Starring Hywel Bennett
Leigh Taylor-Young
Jane Asher
Music by Richard Rodney Bennett
Cinematography Douglas Slocombe
Edited by Thelma Connell
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • 24 September 1970 (1970-09-24)
Running time
95 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Buttercup Chain is a 1970 British drama film directed by Robert Ellis Miller. It was entered into the 1970 Cannes Film Festival.[1]


France and Manny are cousins, born on the same day to twin sisters. They grow up feeling a bond as if brother and sister. When he returns to London from boarding school, France and Manny make a pact in which each finds a suitable romantic partner for the other. But when they go away to the countryside with Margaret and Fred, a strange incestuous impulse seems to exist between the cousins, while Manny also must deal with a pregnancy.



Vincent Canby of The New York Times said: "(Director) Miller and his screen writer, Peter Draper, avoided any revealing psychological confrontations in favor of making one of those depressingly modish movies in which the sensations created by things like slick photography, beautiful nudes and intrusive soundtrack music become the substance of the film, instead of its context."[2]


  1. "Festival de Cannes: The Buttercup Chain". Retrieved 10 April 2009.
  2. Vincent Canby, "Miller Directs 'Buttercup Chain' Mar. 13, 1971

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