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A Taste of Honey (1961)

Not Rated | | Drama | 30 April 1962 (USA)
A pregnant teenage girl must fend for herself when her mother remarries, leaving the girl with only a new male friend for support.

Director:

Tony Richardson

Writers:

Shelagh Delaney (screenplay), Tony Richardson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dora Bryan ... Helen
Robert Stephens ... Peter Smith
Rita Tushingham ... Jo [Josephine]
Murray Melvin ... Geoffrey Ingham
Paul Danquah Paul Danquah ... Jimmy
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Storyline

Black and white, gay and straight, mothers and daughters, class, and coming of age. Jo is working class, in her teens, living with her drunk and libidinous mother in northern England. When mom marries impulsively, Jo is out on the streets; she and Geoffrey, a gay co worker who's adrift himself, find a room together. Then Jo finds herself pregnant after a one night stand with Jimmy, a Black sailor. Geoffrey takes over the preparations for the baby's birth, and becomes, in effect, the child's father. The three of them seem to have things sorted out when Jo's mother reappears on the scene, assertive and domineering. Which "family" will emerge? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The prize winning comedy-drama of a young girl's passionate love for life!...

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Taste of Honey See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP121,602 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,597
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Rita Tushingham receives an 'introducing' credit. See more »

Goofs

The scene where Jo says goodbye to Jimmy for the last time is shot at Barton Swing Bridge, on the Manchester Ship Canal. Jimmy walks through the closing barriers to the end of the bridge and is next seen on the ship, but there isn't a way for Jimmy to get off the bridge and onto the ship as the far end of the bridge hangs over the canal. Jimmy would have had to fall 15 feet whilst leaping around 20-30 feet to make it to the deck of the ship. Quite an achievement in those boots. See more »

Quotes

Jo: I hope to be dead and buried by the time I reach your age. Just think, you've been living for forty years.
Helen: I know, I must be a biological phenomenon.
Jo: You don't look forty. You look a sort of well-preserved sixty.
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Connections

Featured in Hollywood U.K.: Northern Lights (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

On a Mountain Stands a Lady
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Sung by the kids at the canal as "On a Hill There Is a Lady"
Traditional English children's song
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A masterpiece from Tony Richardson and pure magic from Rita Tushingham
4 October 2001 | by boethius-1See all my reviews

A Taste of Honey has always had a secure place in my top 20 films of all time. Rita Tushingham, in her first film role, is pure magic, an urban elf, backed up by Dora Bryan and Murray Melvin who produce powerful performances. This film has (mistakenly, in my view) been classified as 'kitchen-sink' whereas it is a timeless elegy with a healthy lacing of comedy.


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