The Other Side of Midnight


by Tuna

The Other Side of Midnight is an epic-length love triangle told against a backdrop of WW II, located in Paris, Washington and Greece. Adapted from a novel by Sidney Sheldon, his second, this is movie-making on the classic Hollywood scale, and has the feel of much older films.  It is especially appealing to women, easily passing our chick-flick hurdle with a male/female differential of 1.4 at IMDb (Men 5.2, women 6.6)

As the film opens, Noelle Page (Marie-France Pisier) is in prison, and being visited by Constantin Demeris (Raf Vallone). She tells him most of the film's tale in flashbacks.

As the chronology begins, a young Noelle is sold by her father to a dress shop owner, who expects her to take care of all of his needs. She quickly heads for Paris, where she is taken by a cab driver for every cent she has, and then meets American Larry Douglas (John Beck), who is a pilot for the RAF by way of Canada. He sweeps her off her feet, they have a torrid affair, then he leaves, promising to be back in ten days and marry her. The ten days comes and goes with no sign of him. She gets a job as a fashion model, then discovers that Larry has been sent back to America, and just before that was nearly trapped into marrying an English girl he knocked up. That doesn't thrill her, especially given that she is also pregnant. She gives herself an abortion with a coat hanger.

Meanwhile,  Larry is in Washington and is assigned to work with Catherine Alexander Douglas (Susan Sarandon), the up-and-comer in a public relations firm. The two end up married.

As they court and wed in America, Noelle has become an actress, and is using some of her wealth to keep track of Larry. When the war ends, she sees to it that he can't hold a job. This, however, gets increasingly expensive, and she ends up marrying a Greek tycoon to get enough cash for her pet project. Once she sees to it that Larry can't get fly in the US, she makes him her personal pilot. She and Larry reconcile, and plot to get rid of Catherine, who disappears in a storm, causing Noelle and Larry to be tried for her murder.

Up to this point, it is not the plot twists, but the details of the relationships that are interesting. I did like the characters, and the production value was wonderful, but I found it a little over-long, and thought it quite slow in patches. From here to the end, however, there are some very nifty plot twists, and the ending made me a fan of the film, and justified my spending 165 minutes to watch it.


* There is a great full-length commentary with producer Frank Yablans, director Charles Jarrott and novelist Sidney Sheldon, moderated by a film historian

* widescreen anamorphic

* small still gallery




It received an Oscar nomination for costumes.

There are no major graded reviews online.


5.3 IMDB summary (of 10)


Box Office Mojo. It was a moderate hit. It grossed $24 million in 1977, about equivalent to $70 million today. That is quite impressive for a movie so long it could only be shown twice per night,


  • Marie-France Pisier: full frontal nudity.
  • Susan Sarandon: breasts. She also appears in a see-through wet nightie, offering complete exposure of her breasts and buns, and maybe a hint of pubes.


Our Grade:

If you are not familiar with our grading system, you need to read the explanation, because the grading is not linear. For example, by our definition, a C is solid and a C+ is a VERY good movie. There are very few Bs and As. Based on our descriptive system, this film is a:


This is a C. If seeing a chick flick is going to insure you an eventful night, this one is not a bad choice. Adequate film, plenty of female nudity.