7.0/10
898
15 user 14 critic

Poor Cow (1967)

Approved | | Drama | 31 January 1968 (USA)
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 »

Director:

(as Kenneth Loach)

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) (as Kenneth Loach) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Family Life (1971)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A teenage girl suffers a nervous breakdown.

Director: Ken Loach
Stars: Sandy Ratcliff, Bill Dean, Grace Cave
Riff-Raff (1991)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The story of Stevie, a construction worker, and his girlfriend, an unemployed pop singer, serves to show the living conditions of the British poor class

Director: Ken Loach
Stars: Robert Carlyle, Emer McCourt, Jim R. Coleman
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Thatcherism and the Irish troubles provide the backdrop for this study of Mick, a well-meaning youth in Sheffield, who has, unlike Dickens' Pip, no expectations. Mick lives with his parents... See full summary »

Director: Ken Loach
Stars: Graham Green, Carolyn Nicholson, Tony Pitts
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

This Ken Loach film tells the story of a man devoted to his family and his religion. Proud, though poor, Bob wants his little girl to have a beautiful (and costly) brand-new dress for her ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Loach
Stars: Bruce Jones, Julie Brown, Gemma Phoenix
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A simple tale of a year in the life of a Gamekeeper. From the troubles involved in rearing the pheasants and dealing with predators (poachers and foxes). The gamekeeper shows us all the ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Loach
Stars: Phil Askham, Rita May, Andrew Grubb
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

This Ken Loach docu-drama relates the story of a British woman's fight with Social Services over the care of her children. Maggie has a history of bouncing from one abusive relationship to ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Loach
Stars: Crissy Rock, Vladimir Vega, Sandie Lavelle
Black Jack (1979)
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A rediscovered classic from director Ken Loach (THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY, KES) and one of the inspirations for Wes Anderson's MOONRISE KINGDOM, BLACK JACK is a dark and complex ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Loach
Stars: Stephen Hirst, Louise Cooper, Jean Franval
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A singer swaps the political intimidation of working in East Germany for the equally controlling capitalist music industry in the West.

Director: Ken Loach
Stars: Gerulf Pannach, Fabienne Babe, Sigfrit Steiner
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two Latina sisters work as cleaners in a downtown office building, and fight for the right to unionize.

Director: Ken Loach
Stars: Pilar Padilla, Adrien Brody, Elpidia Carrillo
Sweet Sixteen I (2002)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Determined to have a normal family life once his mother gets out of prison, a Scottish teenager from a tough background sets out to raise the money for a home.

Director: Ken Loach
Stars: Martin Compston, Michelle Coulter, Annmarie Fulton
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Spring 1936, a young unemployed communist, David, leaves his hometown Liverpool to join the fight against fascism in Spain. He joins an international group of Militia-men and women, the ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Loach
Stars: Ian Hart, Rosana Pastor, Icíar Bollaín
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Songs, poems and experiences of the Miners' Strike, 1984.

Director: Ken Loach
Stars: Charles Boal, Eric Booth, Keith Brookes
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
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
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A love story about a girl, the man she is living for, and the man she is living with. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

31 January 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Poor Cow - geküßt und geschlagen  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In Steven Soderbergh's thriller The Limey (1999), flashbacks involving the main character played by Terence Stamp are actually (parts of) scenes from 'Poor Cow'. See more »

Goofs

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

Connections

Edited into The Limey (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Not Fade Away
(uncredited)
Written by Buddy Holly and Norman Petty
Performed by The Rolling Stones
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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'.


17 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?