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Lolita (1962)

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Synopsis

With a screenplay penned by the author himself, Stanley Kubrick brings Vladimir Nabokov's controversial tale of forbidden love to the screen. Humbert Humbert (James Mason) is a European professor who relocates to an American suburb, renting a room from lonely widow Charlotte Haze (Shelley Winters). Humbert marries Charlotte, but only to nurture his obsession with her comely teenage daughter, Lolita (Sue Lyon). After Charlotte's sudden death, Humbert has Lolita all to himself -- or does he?

Cast

  • James Mason
  • Shelley Winters
  • Sue Lyon
  • Gary Cockrell
  • Jerry Stovin
  • Diana Decker
  • Lois Maxwell
  • Cec Linder
  • Bill Greene
  • Shirley Douglas

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • Close to 800 girls auditioned for the part of Lolita Haze.
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Goofs

  • When Humbert and Charlotte discuss sending Lolita to the girls camp, Charlotte holds a lit cigarette in a cigarette holder in her left hand in the shots facing Humbert. When the shots face Charlotte, there is no cigarette in either hand and no smoke. This changes back and forth as the shots change between the two characters.
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Quotes

    • Humbert Humbert: You know, I've missed you terribly.
    • Lolita Haze: I haven't missed you. In fact, I've been revoltingly unfaithful to you.
    • Humbert Humbert: Oh?
    • Lolita Haze: But it doesn't matter a bit, because you've stopped caring anyway.
    • Humbert Humbert: What makes you say I've stopped caring for you?
    • Lolita Haze: Well, you haven't even kissed me yet, have you?
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Metacritic

100

Brilliant adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's 20th Century comic-erotic classic. [08 Jul 2005, p.C2]

Metacritic review by Michael Wilmington
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
88

Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of the Vladimir Nabokov classic isn't as racy as the new one by Adrian Lyne, which opens in theaters tomorrow. But it's a lot funnier, thanks in no small part to the casting of Peter Sellers as a mystery man of many accents and Shelley Winters as Lolita's silly mother. [01 Oct 1998]

Metacritic review by John Hartl
John Hartl
The Seattle Times
80

Although it is often seen as a precursor to the multiple parts played in Dr Strangelove, Sellers' turn here is a reminder of his true potential, soon to be swallowed up by a stream of ever more awful Pink Panther films.

Metacritic review by Damon Wise
Damon Wise
The Guardian