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A Taste of Honey (1961)

 -  Drama  -  30 April 1962 (USA)
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The moving story of a plain young girl who becomes pregnant by a black sailor, befriends a homosexual, and gradually becomes a woman.

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Jo [Josephine]
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Geoffrey Ingham
Paul Danquah ...
Jimmy
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Michael Bilton ...
Landlord
Eunice Black ...
Schoolteacher
David Boliver ...
Bert
Margo Cunningham ...
Landlady
A. Goodman ...
Rag and Bone Man
John Harrison ...
Cave Attendant
Veronica Howard ...
Gladys
Moira Kaye ...
Doris
Graham Roberts
Valerie Scarden ...
Woman in Shoe Shop
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Storyline

Black and white, gay and straight, mothers and daughters, class, and coming of age. Jo is working class, in her teens, living with her drunk and libidinous mother in northern England. When mom marries impulsively, Jo is out on the streets; she and Geoffrey, a gay co worker who's adrift himself, find a room together. Then Jo finds herself pregnant after a one night stand with Jimmy, a Black sailor. Geoffrey takes over the preparations for the baby's birth, and becomes, in effect, the child's father. The three of them seem to have things sorted out when Jo's mother reappears on the scene, assertive and domineering. Which "family" will emerge? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The prize winning comedy-drama of a young girl's passionate love for life!...

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30 April 1962 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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Trivia

Audrey Hepburn was first choice for the lead in A Taste of Honey (1961). See more »

Goofs

The scene where Jo says goodbye to Jimmy for the last time is shot at Barton Swing Bridge, on the Manchester Ship Canal. Jimmy walks through the closing barriers to the end of the bridge and is next seen on the ship. But there isn't a way for Jimmy to get off the bridge and onto the ship as the far end of the bridge hangs over the canal. Jimmy would have had to fall 15 feet while leaping around 20-30 feet to make it to the deck of the ship. Quite an achievement in those boots. See more »

Quotes

Jo: I feel like throwing myself in the river.
Geoffrey: I shouldn't do that, it's full of rubbish.
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Music by Phil Williams
Lyrics by Sam Bell
Played during the Blackpool sequence
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Tough But Almost Unbearbly Poignant
11 July 2006 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

Rita Tushingham is excellent as an unhappy girl. Her mother (Dora Bryan) is a slattern. The mother is interested primarily in her dubious good looks and gives almost no attention to daughter Jo (Tushingham.) In one of the few heart-to-heart talks -- in which she tells Jo that her (Jo's) father was a simpleton -- she says that we always remember our first.

Jo's first is indeed a very handsome sailor. He's black.

I'm not going to give anything beyond this away other than to say that Jo becomes best friends with a gay man Murray Melvin. He is the best thing that ever happened to her.

Shelagh Delaney, who wrote the play as a very young woman, wrote the screenplay with director Tony Richardson. It's opened up but not in an annoying manner. I think it's one of Richardson's very best.

I saw this when it first came out. I was a kid and very impressionable. I haven't seen it since but find I'd forgotten little. And that includes the wonderful music. I had never heard the song children sing at the beginning, about a big ship sailing, before nor have I heard it since (until tonight when I watched it again.) But I have never forgotten it.


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