A young woman lives a life filled with bad choices. She marries and has a child with an abusive thief at a young age who quickly ends up in prison. Left alone she takes up with his mate (... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carol White ...
Joy
...
Tom
Queenie Watts ...
Aunt Emm
Kate Williams ...
Beryl
Laurie Asprey
James Beckett ...
Tom's mate
Ray Barron ...
Customer in Pub
Hilda Barry ...
Customer in Pub
Ken Campbell ...
Mr. Jacks (as Kenneth Campbell)
Ronald Clarke ...
(as Ron Clarke)
Ellis Dale ...
Solicitor
Gladys Dawson ...
Bet
Terry Duggan ...
2nd Prisoner
Winnie Holman ...
Woman in Park
Rose Hiller ...
Customer in Hairdresser's
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A young woman lives a life filled with bad choices. She marries and has a child with an abusive thief at a young age who quickly ends up in prison. Left alone she takes up with his mate (another thief) who seems to give her some happiness but who also ends up in the nick. She then takes up with a series of seedy types who offer nothing but momentary pleasure. Her son goes missing and she briefly comes to grips with what is most important to her. Written by Fred Cabral <ftcabral@hotmail.com>

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When two arms close around her...She knows she's home. Two arms will do. Any two arms will do. See more »

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31 January 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Poor Cow - geküßt und geschlagen  »

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The film debut of Malcolm McDowell, although the only scene he appears in was cut out. See more »

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In the beach caption, the word bikini is spelt "bikin". See more »

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Featured in Film Review: Backs British Films (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Jazz Variations on Prelude XXIV
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Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
Arranged by John Cameron
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Set in 60's London. Working class girl's desperate voyage through relationships
9 January 2007 | by (NY/US LON/UK) – See all my reviews

One of the best of the 'kitchen-sinks'. Fantastic views of London and invaluable snippets of working class life of the 60's. Loach's eye seems to capture everything, yet makes no judgment - a taste of things to come. As with 'Kes', 'Riff-raff' and 'Sweet Sixteen', it serves as a cinematic social history of Britain. Carol White is completely convincing, you love her, fancy her, want to take care of her, but hold your head at her self-destructive decisions and still follow her in some vain hope. Well backed up by Terence Stamp, ( fresh off 'The collector', also catch 'The Hit' ) and a plethora of English faces ( all looking very young ). Pefectly set to Donovan's dulcet tones. Stamp sings 'Yellow is the color', in a lovely scene, ending with him saying, " Getting better, ain't I " ( song also used in 'The rules of Attraction' - I think ) Watch Carol Whites screen mum getting ready to 'go out and get a bloke', putting on her false eye-lashes to the sound of 'Rosie' on the radio - priceless. A treasure for anyone who was around at the time and a reminder of how good life is now in England. Incidentally Soderburgh used clips from 'Poor cow' in 'The Limey'.


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