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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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Trivia

When the Manchester Shipper and Manchester Pioneer were chosen to star in Shelagh Delaney's novel "A Taste of Honey", it was not known that part of the plot involved a drunken seaman taking his girlfriend on board, and also involving a drunken first officer! When the premiere took place, the company had to take space in the programme to point out that Manchester Liners neither approved nor allowed such conduct. See more »

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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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Referenced in A Decade Under the Influence (2003) See more »

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Because He Loves Me
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Written by Harry Castling
Sung in the pub by Dora Bryan
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Film Retains is Power
15 May 2001 | by (Cleveland, Ohio USA) – See all my reviews

Shelagh Delaney's screenplay for "A Taste of Honey," based on her play of the same name, remains a moving period drama. Beautifully directed by Tony Richardson, this film evokes all the stark realism of the famed English "New Wave/kitchen sink" dramas (made popular by John Osborne) of the late 50s/early 60s.

Rita Tushingham is striking as an working-class adolescent girl, growing into maturity--first through her pregnancy by a young sailor, played by Paul Danquah, and then by her association with a sensitive man, played by Murray Melvin. Dora Bryan is impressive Tushingham's mom.

The sparse photography, sets and score, all combine to make an unforgettable statement.


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