Alan Bates

Sir Alan Arthur Bates CBE (17 February 1934 – 27 December 2003) was an English actor, who came to prominence in the 1960s, a time of high creativity in British cinema, when he demonstrated his versatility in films ranging from the popular children’s story Whistle Down the Wind to the "kitchen sink" drama A Kind of Loving. He is also known for his tour-de-force with Anthony Quinn, Zorba the Greek, as well as his roles in King of Hearts, Georgy Girl, Far From the Madding Crowd, and The Fixer, which gave him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. In 1969, he starred in the Ken Russell film Women in Love with Oliver Reed and Glenda Jackson. Bates went on to star in The Go-Between, An Unmarried Woman, Nijinsky, and The Rose with Bette Midler, as well as playing varied roles in television drama, including The Mayor of Casterbridge, Harold Pinter's The Collection, A Voyage Round My Father, An Englishman Abroad (as Guy Burgess), and Pack of Lies. He also continued to appear on the stage, notably in the plays of Simon Gray, such as Butley and Otherwise Engaged.

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Evelyn (2002)

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Desmond Doyle is devastated when his wife abandons their family on the day after Christmas. His unemployment, and the fact that there is no woman in the house to care for the children—Evelyn, Dermot and Maurice—make it clear to the authorities this is an untenable ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bruce Beresford
CAST:  Pierce Brosnan  •  Sophie Vavasseur  •  Aidan Quinn  •  Julianna Margulies

Desmond Doyle is devastated when his wife abandons their family on the day after Christmas. His unemployment, and the fact that there is no woman in the house to care for the children—Evelyn, Dermot and Maurice—make it clear to the authorities this is an untenable ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bruce Beresford
CAST:  Pierce Brosnan  •  Sophie Vavasseur  •  Aidan Quinn  •  Julianna Margulies

Britannia Hospital (1982)

Britannia Hospital, an esteemed English institution, is marking its gala anniversary with a visit by the Queen Mother herself. But when investigative reporter Mick Travis arrives to cover the celebration, he finds the hospital under siege by striking workers, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lindsay Anderson
CAST:  Graham Crowden  •  Leonard Rossiter  •  Malcolm McDowell  •  Joan Plowright

Britannia Hospital, an esteemed English institution, is marking its gala anniversary with a visit by the Queen Mother herself. But when investigative reporter Mick Travis arrives to cover the celebration, he finds the hospital under siege by striking workers, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lindsay Anderson
CAST:  Graham Crowden  •  Leonard Rossiter  •  Malcolm McDowell  •  Joan Plowright

Duet for One (1986)

When Stephanie, a famous violinist, contracts multiple sclerosis her life begins to fall apart. Her career ends, her husband leaves her for another woman and her favorite pupil leave the country. Unable to bear all this loss, Stephanie attempts suicide.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrei Konchalovsky
CAST:  Julie Andrews  •  Alan Bates  •  Max von Sydow  •  Rupert Everett

When Stephanie, a famous violinist, contracts multiple sclerosis her life begins to fall apart. Her career ends, her husband leaves her for another woman and her favorite pupil leave the country. Unable to bear all this loss, Stephanie attempts suicide.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrei Konchalovsky
CAST:  Julie Andrews  •  Alan Bates  •  Max von Sydow  •  Rupert Everett

Far from the Madding Crowd (1967)

Bathsheba Everdine, a willful, flirtatious, young woman, unexpectedly inherits a large farm and becomes romantically involved with three widely divergent men.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Schlesinger
CAST:  Julie Christie  •  Terence Stamp  •  Alan Bates  •  Peter Finch

Bathsheba Everdine, a willful, flirtatious, young woman, unexpectedly inherits a large farm and becomes romantically involved with three widely divergent men.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Schlesinger
CAST:  Julie Christie  •  Terence Stamp  •  Alan Bates  •  Peter Finch

Gosford Park (2001)

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In 1930’s England, a group of pretentious rich and famous gather together for a weekend of relaxation at a hunting resort. But when a murder occurs, each one of these interesting characters becomes a suspect.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Helen Mirren  •  Clive Owen  •  Maggie Smith  •  Geraldine Somerville

In 1930’s England, a group of pretentious rich and famous gather together for a weekend of relaxation at a hunting resort. But when a murder occurs, each one of these interesting characters becomes a suspect.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Helen Mirren  •  Clive Owen  •  Maggie Smith  •  Geraldine Somerville

Hamlet (1990)

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, finds out that his uncle Claudius killed his father to obtain the throne, and plans revenge.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Franco Zeffirelli
CAST:  Mel Gibson  •  Glenn Close  •  Alan Bates  •  Paul Scofield

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, finds out that his uncle Claudius killed his father to obtain the throne, and plans revenge.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Franco Zeffirelli
CAST:  Mel Gibson  •  Glenn Close  •  Alan Bates  •  Paul Scofield

King of Hearts (1966)

An ornithologist mistaken for an explosives expert is sent alone into a small French town during WWI to investigate a garbled report from the resistance about a bomb which the departing Germans have set to blow up a weapons cache.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philippe de Broca
CAST:  Alan Bates  •  Geneviève Bujold  •  Pierre Brasseur  •  Michel Serrault

An ornithologist mistaken for an explosives expert is sent alone into a small French town during WWI to investigate a garbled report from the resistance about a bomb which the departing Germans have set to blow up a weapons cache.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philippe de Broca
CAST:  Alan Bates  •  Geneviève Bujold  •  Pierre Brasseur  •  Michel Serrault

Quartet (1981)

When her husband's arrest leaves her penniless, a woman accepts an invitation to move in with a strange couple.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Ivory
CAST:  Alan Bates  •  Maggie Smith  •  Isabelle Adjani  •  Anthony Higgins

When her husband's arrest leaves her penniless, a woman accepts an invitation to move in with a strange couple.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Ivory
CAST:  Alan Bates  •  Maggie Smith  •  Isabelle Adjani  •  Anthony Higgins

Royal Flash (1975)

Cowardly rogue Harry Flashman's (Malcolm McDowell) schemes to gain entry to the royal circles of 19th-century Europe go nowhere until he meets a pair of devious nobles with their own agenda. At their urging, Flashman agrees to re-create himself as a bogus Prussian ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Lester
CAST:  Malcolm McDowell  •  Alan Bates  •  Florinda Bolkan  •  Oliver Reed

Cowardly rogue Harry Flashman's (Malcolm McDowell) schemes to gain entry to the royal circles of 19th-century Europe go nowhere until he meets a pair of devious nobles with their own agenda. At their urging, Flashman agrees to re-create himself as a bogus Prussian ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Lester
CAST:  Malcolm McDowell  •  Alan Bates  •  Florinda Bolkan  •  Oliver Reed

The Entertainer (1960)

Archie Rice, an old-time British vaudeville performer sinking into final defeat, schemes to stay in show business.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Richardson
CAST:  Laurence Olivier  •  Brenda De Banzie  •  Roger Livesey  •  Joan Plowright

Archie Rice, an old-time British vaudeville performer sinking into final defeat, schemes to stay in show business.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Richardson
CAST:  Laurence Olivier  •  Brenda De Banzie  •  Roger Livesey  •  Joan Plowright

The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

Reporter John Klein is plunged into a world of impossible terror and unthinkable chaos when fate draws him to a sleepy West Virginia town whose residents are being visited by a great winged shape that sows hideous nightmares and fevered visions.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Pellington
CAST:  Richard Gere  •  Laura Linney  •  Will Patton  •  Bob Tracey

Reporter John Klein is plunged into a world of impossible terror and unthinkable chaos when fate draws him to a sleepy West Virginia town whose residents are being visited by a great winged shape that sows hideous nightmares and fevered visions.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Pellington
CAST:  Richard Gere  •  Laura Linney  •  Will Patton  •  Bob Tracey

The Rose (1979)

Rock-and-roll singer Mary Rose Foster's romantic relationships and mental health are continuously imperilled by the demands of life on the road.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Rydell
CAST:  Bette Midler  •  Alan Bates  •  Harry Dean Stanton  •  David Keith

Rock-and-roll singer Mary Rose Foster's romantic relationships and mental health are continuously imperilled by the demands of life on the road.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Rydell
CAST:  Bette Midler  •  Alan Bates  •  Harry Dean Stanton  •  David Keith

The Sum of All Fears (2002)

When the president of Russia suddenly dies, a man whose politics are virtually unknown succeeds him. The change in political leaders sparks paranoia among American CIA officials, so CIA director Bill Cabot recruits a young analyst to supply insight and advice on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Phil Alden Robinson
CAST:  Ben Affleck  •  Morgan Freeman  •  James Cromwell  •  Ken Jenkins

When the president of Russia suddenly dies, a man whose politics are virtually unknown succeeds him. The change in political leaders sparks paranoia among American CIA officials, so CIA director Bill Cabot recruits a young analyst to supply insight and advice on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Phil Alden Robinson
CAST:  Ben Affleck  •  Morgan Freeman  •  James Cromwell  •  Ken Jenkins

Three Sisters (1970)

Laurence Olivier's film of Chekhov's play.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Laurence Olivier
CAST:  Jeanne Watts  •  Joan Plowright  •  Louise Purnell  •  Derek Jacobi

Laurence Olivier's film of Chekhov's play.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Laurence Olivier
CAST:  Jeanne Watts  •  Joan Plowright  •  Louise Purnell  •  Derek Jacobi

Women in Love (1969)

Growing up in the sheltered confines of a 1920's English coal-mining community, free-spirited sisters Gudrun and Ursula explore erotic love with a wealthy playboy and a philosophical educator, with cataclysmic results for all four.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Russell
CAST:  Alan Bates  •  Oliver Reed  •  Glenda Jackson  •  Jennie Linden

Growing up in the sheltered confines of a 1920's English coal-mining community, free-spirited sisters Gudrun and Ursula explore erotic love with a wealthy playboy and a philosophical educator, with cataclysmic results for all four.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Russell
CAST:  Alan Bates  •  Oliver Reed  •  Glenda Jackson  •  Jennie Linden

Zorba the Greek (1964)

An uptight English writer traveling to Crete on a matter of business finds his life changed forever when he meets the gregarious Alexis Zorba.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mihalis Kakogiannis
CAST:  Anthony Quinn  •  Alan Bates  •  Irene Papas  •  Lila Kedrova

An uptight English writer traveling to Crete on a matter of business finds his life changed forever when he meets the gregarious Alexis Zorba.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mihalis Kakogiannis
CAST:  Anthony Quinn  •  Alan Bates  •  Irene Papas  •  Lila Kedrova

An Unmarried Woman (1978)

A wealthy woman from Manhattan's Upper East Side struggles to deal with her new identity and her sexuality after her husband of 16 years leaves her for a younger woman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Mazursky
CAST:  Jill Clayburgh  •  Alan Bates  •  Michael Murphy  •  Cliff Gorman

A wealthy woman from Manhattan's Upper East Side struggles to deal with her new identity and her sexuality after her husband of 16 years leaves her for a younger woman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Mazursky
CAST:  Jill Clayburgh  •  Alan Bates  •  Michael Murphy  •  Cliff Gorman

Georgy Girl (1966)

A homely but vivacious young woman dodges the amorous attentions of her father's middle-aged employer while striving to capture some of the glamorous life of her swinging London roommate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Silvio Narizzano
CAST:  James Mason  •  Alan Bates  •  Lynn Redgrave  •  Charlotte Rampling

A homely but vivacious young woman dodges the amorous attentions of her father's middle-aged employer while striving to capture some of the glamorous life of her swinging London roommate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Silvio Narizzano
CAST:  James Mason  •  Alan Bates  •  Lynn Redgrave  •  Charlotte Rampling

The Statement (2003)

The film is set in France in the 1990s, the French were defeated by the Germans early in World War II, an armistice was signed in 1940 which effectively split France into a German occupied part in the North and a semi-independent part in the south which became ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Jewison
CAST:  Michael Caine  •  Tilda Swinton  •  Jeremy Northam  •  Alan Bates

The film is set in France in the 1990s, the French were defeated by the Germans early in World War II, an armistice was signed in 1940 which effectively split France into a German occupied part in the North and a semi-independent part in the south which became ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Jewison
CAST:  Michael Caine  •  Tilda Swinton  •  Jeremy Northam  •  Alan Bates

An Englishman Abroad (1983)

Actress Coral Browne travels to Moscow, and meets a mysterious Englishman. Turns out he's the notorious spy, Guy Burgess. Based on a true story, with Ms. Browne playing herself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Schlesinger
CAST:  Alan Bates  •  Coral Browne  •  Charles Gray  •  Harold Innocent

Actress Coral Browne travels to Moscow, and meets a mysterious Englishman. Turns out he's the notorious spy, Guy Burgess. Based on a true story, with Ms. Browne playing herself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Schlesinger
CAST:  Alan Bates  •  Coral Browne  •  Charles Gray  •  Harold Innocent
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