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A Touch of Love (1969)

M | | Drama | September 1969 (UK)
A young London woman, studying for her doctorate in the British Museum, spends her nights trying to avoid the sexual admiration of men in her life.



(screenplay), (from her novel "The Millstone")
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Cast overview:
Peggy Thorpe-Bates ...
Mrs. Stacey
Mr. Stacey
Deborah Stanford ...
Sister Bennett
Maurice Denham ...
Dr. Prothero


A young London woman, studying for her doctorate in the British Museum, spends her nights trying to avoid the sexual admiration of men in her life.

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Rosamund Stacey is gentle and warm. She Has a Nice Job. And a Nice Baby. What More Could a Single Girl Want? See more »




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September 1969 (UK)  »

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Thank You All Very Much  »

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(Eastmancolor) (photographed in)
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Margaret Drabble's original novel was titled "The Millstone", an ironic reference to the baby the unmarried heroine finds she's expecting, while trying to complete her doctorate. This was the working title for this film, but it was deemed unsuitable and not commercial. In America, the film was released as "Thank You All Very Much", the sarcastic remark the heroine makes to a group of student doctors after they have studied her case at length, without ever speaking to her, or making any acknowledgment of her as a person. See more »


Sister Henry: You're quite sure, Miss Stacey, you've thought this out properly? You ought to think about the child, you know. I'm quite sure your feelings will change considerably over the next few months. There are a great many happy, married couples who would be able to offer your baby a home and give her a much better life than you would ever be able to provide for her.
Rosamund Stacey: Yes, well I expect it is arrogant of me to suppose that I too may have things to provide. I mean, I'm not a happy, married couple I know....
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Referenced in Monty Python's Flying Circus: Full Frontal Nudity (1969) See more »

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Pregnant after a night of passionlessness
10 October 2016 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Not sure I find Sandy Dennis very credible, it's a mannered performance, at times impassive and disengaged, at times the opposite - for no discernible reason other than perhaps to maintain her familiar unfathomable screen personna.

Clearly written by a woman, judged by the savage portrayal of the sadistic hospital matron who needlessly blocks the young mother from even glimpsing her recovering infant under the pretence of efficiency and rules, in contrast to the kind (male) consultant who is only too happy to allow this.

Ian McKellan plays a pleasant young man who one would assume seduces the Dennis character only that she seems neither stirred nor shaken by his advances. Nevertheless clearly we gather from her change of costume into something more comfortable and it being morning, that intimacy has taken place. Somehow this significant event has, while changing her state irrevocably, left her manner as neutral and unchanged as if it never happened. And, oddly, the film ended suddenly leaving me feeling exactly the same - as if nothing of interest or significance had happened.

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