Release date1972 Initial releaseNovember 22, 1972 (United Kingdom) CastSarah Miles (Lady Caroline Lamb), Jon Finch (William Lamb), Richard Chamberlain (George Gordon, Lord Byron), John Mills (Canning), Margaret Leighton (Lady Melbourne), Pamela Brown (Lady Bessborough) Similar moviesLaurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson appear in Lady Caroline Lamb and Khartoum
TaglineEngland expected an affaire. Caroline gave them history.
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Lady Caroline Lamb is a 1972 film based on the life of Lady Caroline Lamb, lover of Lord Byron and wife of William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne (later Prime Minister). The film was written and directed by Robert Bolt and starred his wife, Sarah Miles, as Lady Caroline. The fim also stars Jon Finch, Richard Chamberlain, Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson.
The film was the directorial debut of screenwriter Robert Bolt and stars his then wife Sarah Miles in the title role. Bolt did not direct another film. The film is also notable because it is the last film in which Michael Wilding appeared, in an uncredited, non-speaking cameo with his last wife, Margaret Leighton, who played Lady Melbourne. The film score was composed by Richard Rodney Bennett, who later based a concert work, Elegy for Lady Caroline Lamb for viola and orchestra, on some of the material.
Praise came for Laurence Olivier's cameo as the Duke of Wellington, with Philip French of The Times writing that "... Olivier's brief appearance as the Duke of Wellington is a beautifully witty and rounded characterisation that is worth the price of the admission in itself".