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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Complete credited cast:
Peter Smith
Rita Tushingham ...
Jo [Josephine]
Geoffrey Ingham
Paul Danquah ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Bilton ...
Eunice Black ...
David Boliver ...
Margo Cunningham ...
A. Goodman ...
Rag and Bone Man
John Harrison ...
Cave Attendant
Veronica Howard ...
Moira Kaye ...
Graham Roberts
Valerie Scarden ...
Woman in Shoe Shop


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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Release Date:

30 April 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bir tadim bal  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Rita Tushingham was working backstage at the Liverpool Rep when she spotted an ad for the auditions for this film. See more »


During the opening credits bus ride through Manchester the very large building on Portland street overlooking Piccadilly Gardens (now a Thistle hotel) has large letters across the top on each wing identifying it as "Hickson, Lloyd & King Ltd." But in the shot, the letters are all backwards in a mirror image. See more »


Geoffrey: Do you like me more than you don't like me or do you not like me more than you do?
Jo: Now you're being Irish.
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Let's Slip Away
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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Body language says more than words
8 September 2006 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

There are several aspects about this film that I find absolutely clever. First, the way of representing characters' feelings through acting rather than speaking. Helen, Jo or Geoffey's faces give away more than they could say. Helen is a masterpiece of selfishness only by looking at the way she puts on lipstick or combs her hair or lits a cigarette. She's so self-concerned, she never allows Jo into her own body space. At the same time Jo becomes more and more despondent, tragically aware of her mother's lack of love (the acme when she throws away Peter's chocs in Blackpool) and her bent shoulders speak out for her. She carries the weight of being unwanted. Then, the dialogues never convey a proper explanation of things; the characters never explain themselves clearly or are able to articulate a description, crying out for their own feelings. The people in this film don't even know theirs, they haven't got the means to express them and it's up to the watchers to understand everything. Probably that's why I felt so overwhelmed while watching it. I really felt the public was called to read through the lines of such a powerful representation of life.

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