Tropic of Cancer (film)

Tropic of Cancer is a 1970 American drama film directed by Joseph Strick and written by Betty Botley and Joseph Strick. It is based on Henry Miller's autobiographical novel Tropic of Cancer. The film stars Rip Torn, James T. Callahan, David Baur, Laurence Lignères, Phil Brown and Dominique Delpierre. The film was released on February 27, 1970, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2]

Tropic of Cancer
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJoseph Strick
Produced byJoseph Strick
Screenplay byBetty Botley
Joseph Strick
Based onTropic of Cancer
by Henry Miller
StarringRip Torn
James T. Callahan
David Baur
Laurence Lignères
Phil Brown
Dominique Delpierre
Music byStanley Myers
CinematographyAlain Derobe
Edited bySidney Meyers
Sylvia Sarner
Tropic Productions
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • February 27, 1970 (1970-02-27)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited States

Filming took place on location in Paris, produced by Joseph Strick with some help from the author, whose persona was portrayed by Rip Torn and his wife Mona by Ellen Burstyn. The novel had provided a test for American laws on pornography in the early 1960s, and the film was rated X in the United States, which was later changed to an NC-17 rating in 1992.[3] In the UK the film was refused a theatrical 'X' certificate by the BBFC. Strick had previously adapted other works of literature - Jean Genet's The Balcony and James Joyce's Ulysses. The film is available on YouTube, although YouTube falsely labeled it as unrated in order to carry it.



See also


  1. "Tropic of Cancer (1970) - Overview". 1970-02-19. Retrieved 2016-03-26.
  2. "Movie Review - - Rip Torn Portrays Miller in "Tropic of Cancer" Adaptation". 1970-02-20. Retrieved 2016-03-26.
  3. Fox, Margalit (June 7, 2010). "Joseph Strick, Who Filmed the Unfilmable, Dies at 86". The New York Times. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
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