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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 »

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(as Kenneth Loach)

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(screenplay), (screenplay) (as Kenneth Loach) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Joy
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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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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>

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"Look at those creeps... bet they haven't even put films in the cameras. Still a girl's got to earn a living... and a loving." See more »

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31 January 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Poor Cow - geküßt und geschlagen  »

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

According to Terence Stamp, the film was mostly improvised and first takes were always used. Two cameras filmed simultaneously to capture the spontaneity of the performances. See more »

Goofs

The apostrophe is missing from the caption "At Aunt Emms.". See more »

Connections

Edited into The Limey (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

My World Fell Down
(uncredited)
Written by John Carter (pseudonym of John Shakespeare) and Geoff Stephens
Performer unknown
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There's no film in his camera.
22 July 2001 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Recently released on British DVD, this is a good movie (as long as you have an attention span and IQ of more than a fruit fly). Not as depressing as it could have been, this is kitchen-sink at its most dirty. Terrance Stamp is great in it, the music is sweet, Carol White is very believeable as the single mum tart who can't stop loving criminals.

My favourite scene is where Carol and her friend who works in the pub with her (the one with the enormous beehive hairdo which comes down over one eye) sit outisde and gossip about all the men who walk past.

The only thing that marred this was the shakey acting of Carol's first husband, but if you can get past that, you're OK. And Donovan provides some of the most languid, mellow, bittersweet lyrics to come out of the 60s.


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