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A Taste of Honey (1961)

Not Rated | | Drama | 30 April 1962 (USA)
A pregnant teenage girl must fend for herself when her mother remarries, leaving the girl with only a new male friend for support.

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Landlord
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Schoolteacher
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Bert
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Rag and Bone Man
John Harrison ...
Cave Attendant
Veronica Howard ...
Gladys
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Doris
Graham Roberts
Valerie Skardon ...
Woman in Shoe Shop (as Valerie Scarden)
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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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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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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 whilst leaping around 20-30 feet to make it to the deck of the ship. Quite an achievement in those boots. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy: I dreamt about you last night - fell out of bed twice!
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Connections

Spoofed in A Taste of Catnip (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Let's Slip Away
(uncredited)
from Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)
Music by John Dankworth
Lyrics by David Dearlove
Performed by Cleo Laine
Played during the Blackpool sequence
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A masterpiece from Tony Richardson and pure magic from Rita Tushingham
4 October 2001 | by (Derby, England) – See all my reviews

A Taste of Honey has always had a secure place in my top 20 films of all time. Rita Tushingham, in her first film role, is pure magic, an urban elf, backed up by Dora Bryan and Murray Melvin who produce powerful performances. This film has (mistakenly, in my view) been classified as 'kitchen-sink' whereas it is a timeless elegy with a healthy lacing of comedy.


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