Accident


1h 45m 1967
Accident

Brief Synopsis

An Oxford professor dealing with a mid-life crisis finds himself attracted to a young student.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
PG
Genre
Drama
Crime
Release Date
Jan 1967
Premiere Information
New York opening: 17 Apr 1967
Production Company
Royal Avenue Chelsea
Distribution Company
Cinema V Distributing, Inc.
Country
United Kingdom
Location
Oxford University, England, United Kingdom; London, England, United Kingdom
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Accident by Nicholas Mosley (London, 1965).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.85 : 1

Synopsis

The sound of a car crash shatters the stillness of the country night and brings Stephen, an Oxford don, from his work to investigate. He finds two of his students--William, an English nobleman who is dead, and Anna, an Austrian princess suffering from shock. Carrying Anna to his house, Stephen recalls recent events involving the students. During a tutoring session Stephen learns of William's love for Anna, and Stephen, whose wife, Rosalind, expects their third child and who senses the approach of middle age, also is strongly attracted to her. Stephen's frustration is increased by his unsatisfactory attempt to rekindle the passion he once shared with Francesca and the knowledge that Anna is having an affair with Charley, his brash, more successful Oxford colleague. Anna, however, decides to marry William, and she asks Stephen to tell Charley. Before he can do so, William is killed en route to Stephen's home. As Anna regains consciousness, Stephen makes love to her; afterwards he smuggles her into her dormitory. Anna's decision to return to Austria shocks Charley, and Stephen resumes his life with Rosalind.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
PG
Genre
Drama
Crime
Release Date
Jan 1967
Premiere Information
New York opening: 17 Apr 1967
Production Company
Royal Avenue Chelsea
Distribution Company
Cinema V Distributing, Inc.
Country
United Kingdom
Location
Oxford University, England, United Kingdom; London, England, United Kingdom
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Accident by Nicholas Mosley (London, 1965).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.85 : 1

Quotes

A statistical analysis of sexual intercourse at Kolenzo University, Milwaukee showed... that 70% did it in the evening, 29.9% between 2 and 4 in the afternoon and 0.1% during a lecture on Aristotle.
- Charley
I'm surprised to hear that Aristotle is on the syllabus in the State of Wisconsin.
- Aged Professor

Trivia

Notes

Filmed on location at Oxford and London. Opened in London in February 1967.

Miscellaneous Notes

Voted One of the Ten Best English Language Films of the Year by the 1967 National Board of Review.

Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 1967 Cannes Film Festival.

Released in United States Spring April 17, 1967

Limited re-release in United States May 23, 2014

Re-released in Paris November 27, 1991.

Released in United States Spring April 17, 1967

Limited re-release in United States May 23, 2014 (New York)

The United Kingdom