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Quest for Love (1971 film)

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Director  Ralph Thomas
Music director  Eric Rogers
Cinematography  Ernest Steward
Country  United Kingdom
6.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Mystery, Romance
Story by  John Wyndham
Language  English
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Release date  9 September 1971 (London) (UK)
Based on  Random Quest by John Wyndham
Writer  John Wyndham (short story "Random Quest"), Terence Feely (screenplay)
Cast  Joan Collins (Ottilie/Tracy Fletcher), Tom Bell (Colin Trafford), Denholm Elliot (Tom Lewis), Laurence Naismith (Sir Henry Lanstein)
Similar movies  Interstellar, Get a Life!, Back to Space-Con, Trekkies, Trekkies 2, Star Trek Into Darkness
Tagline  He had seen her, felt her touch, knew she existed...

Quest for Love is a 1971 British romantic science fiction drama film directed by Ralph Thomas and starring Joan Collins, Tom Bell and Denholm Elliott. It is based on the 1954 short story Random Quest by John Wyndham.


Quest for Love (1971 film) movie scenes


Quest for Love (1971 film) movie scenes

Physicist Colin Trafford stages a demonstration with a particle accelerator to a number of people, including Sir Henry Larnstein and Trafford's long-time friend Tom Lewis.

Quest for Love (1971 film) movie scenes

The demonstration goes wrong and Trafford, with his same memories, finds himself in a parallel universe with significant differences from our own: John F. Kennedy is Secretary General of a still-existent League of Nations and Leslie Howard did not die in World War II because it and the Vietnam War never happened.

Quest for Love (1971 film) movie scenes

Trafford also discovers he is a famous author, an alcoholic, and a womaniser with a beautiful wife, Ottilie. Trafford instantly falls in love with Ottilie, whereas his parallel self was constantly unfaithful to her and she is on the brink of divorcing him.

Quest for Love (1971 film) movie scenes

Eventually, with the help of Sir Henry and the physical evidence of an absent childhood scar, Ottilie accepts that Trafford is a doppelganger for the man she had originally fallen in love with and married.

The couple fall in love once again, but Trafford then discovers that Ottilie has a terminal heart condition which is incurable in that world, and very soon she dies in Trafford's arms.

At that instant, he regains consciousness in a hospital bed in his original reality, where he has been for three weeks since the accident. He determines to track down Ottilie's alter ego, and finds her just in time to get her to hospital for treatment of her ailment. As she recovers, Trafford goes to visit her with a bunch of her favourite flowers and introduces himself.


  • Joan Collins - Ottilie / Tracy Fletcher
  • Tom Bell - Colin Trafford
  • Denholm Elliott - Tom Lewis
  • Laurence Naismith - Sir Henry Larnstein
  • Lyn Ashley - Jennifer
  • Juliet Harmer - Geraldine Lambert
  • Neil McCallum - Jimmy
  • Geraldine Gardner - Sylvia
  • Jeremy Child - Dougie Raynes
  • Ray McAnally - Jack Kahn
  • Dudley Foster - Grimshaw
  • Geraldine Moffat - Stella
  • Simon Ward - Jeremy
  • David Weston - Johnny Prescott
  • Drewe Henley - Man
  • Edward Cast - Jenkins
  • John Hallam - Jonathan Keene
  • Angus MacKay - Dr. Rankin
  • Bernard Horsfall - Telford
  • Philip Stone - Mason
  • Sam Kydd - Taximan
  • Production

    Joan Collins signed in November 1970. The film was originally called Quest.

    Critical reception

    TV Guide noted, "an unusual science fiction tale that doesn't completely work but does hold interest...The story gets complicated, but the direction juggles the separate worlds without much trouble. Bell's performance makes this project work. He's believable and earnest and brings it off with a guiding clarity"; while Time Out called the film "puerile sci-fi romance"; but DVD Talk wrote, "a surprisingly effective romance with just the barest sci-fi succeeds in large part due to the two leads' believable underplaying. Bell is on the right note from the beginning of the film, never overplaying his hand...Collins, whom too many people know only from TV's Dynasty, is simply wonderful here, creating a fully-dimensional character."


    Joan Collins later said that, out of her entire career, she was proudest of her performances in the TV series Dynasty, and the films Decadence and Quest for Love.


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