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The Children's Hour (12A)

The Children's Hour
Based on the 1934 play by Lillian Hellman, William Wyler directs a film ahead of its time in terms of social statement.

Best friends Karen (Audrey Hepburn) and Martha (Shirley MacLaine) manage an exclusive girl's school where student Mary (Karen Balkin) is punished for one of her many misdeeds. The mean-spirited youngster rushes to her wealthy Aunt Amelia (Fay Bainter), and, randomly choosing a phrase she has undoubtedly read in some magazine, accuses the teachers of having an "unnatural relationship".

As the lies grow in viciousness, the student's parents withdraw their children from the school. Karen and Martha sue for libel, but the trial takes its toll on those involved, including the relationship between Karen and her boyfriend (James Garner).
USA 1961 William Wyler 108m

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