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A Taste of Honey (1961)

Not Rated | | Drama | 30 April 1962 (USA)
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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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Helen
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Peter Smith
Rita Tushingham ...
Jo [Josephine]
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Geoffrey Ingham
Paul Danquah ...
Jimmy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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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Bir tadim bal  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Shot exclusively on location, in Salford, Blackpool and a disused house in the Fulham Road in London that cost £20 a week to rent. 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

Geoffrey: You need somebody to love you while you're looking for somebody to love.
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Connections

Featured in Paul O'Grady's Working Britain (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

On a Mountain Stands a Lady
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Sung by the kids at the canal as "On a Hill There Is a Lady"
Traditional English children's song
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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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