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Nell Dunn (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
31 January 1968 (USA) See more »
"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 »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Carol White ... Joy

John Bindon ... 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
John Halstead ... Photographer
Doreen Herrington
Muriel Hunte ... Woman in Prison
Paddy Joyce ... Governor in studio
Simon King ... Johnny, Age 1½
Stevie King ... Johnny, Age 3 (as Stephen King)
Anna Karen ... Neighbour
Helen Lennox

Billy Murray ... Tom's mate
Ron Pember ... Petal
Wally Patch ... Customer in Pub
Phillip Ross ... Shelley
Geraldine Sherman ... Trixie
Will Stampe ... Photographer
Bernard Stone ... Photographer
Tony Selby ... Customer in Pub
Michael Standing ... Young Man in Field
George Tovey ... Photographer
Gerald Young ... Judge

Terence Stamp ... Dave Fuller
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Malcolm McDowell ... Billy (scenes deleted)

George Sewell ... Customer in Pub (scenes deleted)
Liza Carrol ... Customer in Pub (uncredited)
Ian Christian ... Customer in Pub (uncredited)
Jack E. Clarke ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Peter Claughton ... Driving Examiner (uncredited)
Sian Davies ... Customer in Pub (uncredited)
Mo Dwyer ... Prisoner's Wife (uncredited)

Chris Gannon ... Customer in Pub (uncredited)

Max Howard ... Child in Street (uncredited)
Martin King ... Prison Warder (uncredited)
Julie May ... Woman in Sheppey (uncredited)
Mike Negal ... Customer in Pub (uncredited)
Philip Newman ... Customer in Pub (uncredited)
Joe Palmer ... Customer in Pub (uncredited)
Alan Selwyn ... Customer in Pub (uncredited)
James Thornhill ... 1st Prisoner (uncredited)

Jack Wild ... Boy Playing Football [Wearing Hat] (uncredited)

Directed by
Ken Loach  (as Kenneth Loach)
Writing credits
Nell Dunn (screenplay) and
Ken Loach (screenplay) (as Kenneth Loach)

Nell Dunn (novel: "Poor Cow")

Produced by
Joseph Janni .... producer
Edward Joseph .... associate producer
Original Music by
Cinematography by
Brian Probyn 
Film Editing by
Roy Watts 
Casting by
Miriam Brickman 
Art Direction by
Bernard Sarron 
Makeup Department
Betty Glasow .... hair stylist
Paul Rabiger .... makeup artist
Production Management
David C. Anderson .... production manager (as David Anderson)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andrew Grieve .... assistant director
Alex Carver-Hill .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Geoff R. Brown .... dubbing editor
Gerry Humphreys .... sound recordist
Tony Jackson .... sound assistant
Kevin Sutton .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Browne .... gaffer
Chris Menges .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Caroline Mott .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Chris Pinnock .... trainee editor
Music Department
John Cameron .... conductor
John Cameron .... music arranger
Other crew
Penny Eyles .... continuity
John Goldstone .... assistant to producer
David Symonds .... pop programmer
Catherine O'Brien .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
101 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:14A (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | New Zealand:M | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:15 (video rating) (1988) | USA:Approved | West Germany:18
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Did You Know?

First feature film directed by Ken Loach.See more »
Miscellaneous: The apostrophe is missing from the caption "At Aunt Emms.".See more »
Movie Connections:
Funny How Love Can BeSee more »


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20 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Radical film?, 17 May 2001
Author: Claire from London, England

In terms of style this film is revolutionary of the time. It could be defined as docudrama since the film is shot in a style of realism. It portrays 1960's London as a poverty stricken bed of prostitution and crime. The main female protagonist seems to always seek male approval. She leaps from one bed to another, loving each of them in much the same way as Diana does in "Darling" 1965. It is hardly an example of feminism and the Radical changes in women's liberation within the 1960's. It does, however, possess a view of hope through all the grit. Dave shows how even a criminal can be loving, gentle and kind. The film offers the audience a 2 hour exploration into the lives of the criminals in London at the time. It challenges the classic Hollywood narrative of peace, disruption and resolution. The narrative structure seems to float along with very little climaxs. This gives the feeling of realism, which many people may find dull or boring. Don't expect your Hollywood Blockbuster. You will find a challenging Independant British film, documenting the feelings of the 1960s in an innovative and unconventional way.

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