GenreDrama, Romance, Comedy ScreenplayNorman Thaddeus Vane CountryItaly
Release date1969 (1969) WriterNorman Thaddeus Vane (story), Norman Thaddeus Vane (screenplay) CastCharles Bronson (Scott Wardman), Susan George (Twinky), Honor Blackman (Mummy), Michael Craig (Daddy), Trevor Howard (Twinky's Grandfather), Orson Bean (Hal) Similar moviesDeath at a Funeral, The Apartment, Something's Gotta Give, Lost in Translation, Rebecca, Student Services
TaglineIt may be love... but it's definitely exhausting!
Lola (originally released as Twinky) is a 1969 film directed by Richard Donner and starring Charles Bronson and Susan George.
A 38-year-old writer of pornographic novels named Scott (Charles Bronson) meets and falls in love with a sixteen-year-old school girl (Susan George) whilst living in London.
When Scott is refused a permanent visa to remain in Britain, the couple get married in Scotland and move to America where by state law Twinky must go to school. Tensions arise when Twinky wants to engage in pastimes, while Scott struggles to complete his novels in order to earn a living. She runs away and is found by Scott in the cellar. Twinky then leaves for London the next day after writing Scott a tearful farewell letter.
Charles Bronson as Scott Wardman
Susan George as Twinky / Lola / Sybil Londonderry
Orson Bean as Hal
Honor Blackman as Mummy
Michael Craig as Daddy
Paul Ford as Mr Wardman
Jack Hawkins as Judge Millington-Draper
Trevor Howard as Twinky's Grandfather
Lionel Jeffries as Solicitor
Kay Medford as Mrs Wardman
Robert Morley as Judge Roxborough
Sue Lloyd as Ursula
Eric Barker as Scottish Clerk
Erik Chitty as Lawyer's Elderly Client
Judith Furse as School Mistress
The idea and script for the film was written by Norman Thaddeus Vane, which author Simon Richter believes was the key force behind the film. Vane's script has been suggested to be somewhat autobiographical, as it mirrors the author's own marriage to 16 year-old model Sarah Caldwell, whom he married in the mid-1960s when he was 38. The title song and two other original numbers are composed and performed by Jim Dale.
The Contemporary North American Film Directors: A Wallflower Critical Guide state that the film exploited "the sexual freedom of its era", describing Susan George's character as a "naive young nymphet".