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

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Trivia

Some of the scenes were filmed in the City of Manchester. The scene by the canal is in Ancoats. In the opening credits Bradford Pit can be seen and there are numerous shots of Bradford Gas Works (the main love scene was filmed there) The number 77 bus was a cross city bus along with the number 57, starting at Pendlebury or Swinton and travelling through Salford and Manchester to Thornley Park (Denton Border) or The Bull's Head at Reddish (Stockport Border). Both services were run jointly by Salford City and Manchester City buses until the mid sixties. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Connections

Featured in Timeshift: 1960: Year of the North (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

The Big Ship Sails
(uncredited)
Traditional English children's song
Sung during the opening and closing credits
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Cinematic, theatrical brilliance
4 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

I first saw this film on LA television around 1965. Every Saturday night KHJ channel 9 would air foreign films. At first it was difficult to pay attention, specifically because of its stark realism of the day-to-day existence of a British, school girl(Tushingham). But, that aspect is what probably increased my interest. It was as if I were eavesdropping on humanity. I wish that more American films would deal with sexuality as maturely. Instead, sex is either used to exploit the viewers senses or used to propagandize certain sexual behavior.

This film revolves around the life of a high-school girl, her mother, and a homosexual. As the film evolves, we realize that who they are sexually is not as important as who they are as human beings. And, this is what makes this film a wonderful experience; in each character something more primal than sexuality is divulged: the need for belonging. As Jo stands gazing at the sparkler while children at play dance around her, humanity shines, dazzling in the glow of her beautifully somber eyes.


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