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The Children's Hour (Dual Format Edition)


Available on Blu-ray in the UK for the first time

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The Children’s Hour, an acclaimed drama from 1961, is a forceful examination of the power of malice and rumour in an intolerant society, with Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine giving superb performances in the lead roles. Directed by William Wyler (Ben Hur, Roman Holiday) and also starring James Garner (The Rockford Files), it was nominated for five Oscars. This is the first time that The Children’s Hour has been available on Blu-ray in the UK.

 Based on Lillian Hellman’s groundbreaking 1934 play (inspired by a true story of two Scottish teachers in 1809), The Children's Hour stars Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine as best friends who run an exclusive girls’ school. When a disruptive pupil starts a rumour that the pair are in a lesbian relationship, there are serious repercussions for everyone.

The Children’s Hour was nominated for five Oscars: Actress in a Supporting Role (Fay Bainter), Cinematography (Black & White), Art Direction (Black & White), Set Decoration, Costume Design (Black & White) and Sound. Leading actor Shirley MacLaine was also nominated for a Golden Globe.


  • Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Audio commentary by Neil Sinyard
  • Original theatrical trailer (2 mins)
  • Stills gallery
  • Illustrated booklet featuring new writing by Sarah Wood, So Mayer, Philip Kemp and Neil Sinyard, plus full film credits

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SKU 5035673013038
Catalogue Number BFIB1303
Subtitle Directed by William Wyler
Product contents DVD, Blu-ray
Year 1961
Director William Wyler
Format DVD, Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries USA
Aspect ratio original aspect ratio 1.66:1
Colour B/W
Sound PCM 2.0 mono audio (48kHz/24-bit) / Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio (320kbps)
Subtitles English HOH
Language(s) English
Running time 107 mins
DVD region 2
Blu-ray region B
Certificate PG
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