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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dora Bryan ... Helen
Robert Stephens ... Peter Smith
Rita Tushingham ... Jo [Josephine]
Murray Melvin ... Geoffrey Ingham
Paul Danquah Paul Danquah ... Jimmy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Bilton Michael Bilton ... Landlord
Eunice Black Eunice Black ... Schoolteacher
David Boliver David Boliver ... Bert
Margo Cunningham Margo Cunningham ... Landlady
A. Goodman A. Goodman ... Rag and Bone Man
John Harrison John Harrison ... Cave Attendant
Veronica Howard Veronica Howard ... Gladys
Moira Kaye Moira Kaye ... Doris
Graham Roberts Graham Roberts
Valerie Skardon Valerie Skardon ... Woman in Shoe Shop (as Valerie Scarden)
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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!...

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bir tadim bal See more »

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Budget:

£120,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Woodfall Film Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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 feel like throwing myself in the river.
Geoffrey: I shouldn't do that, it's full of rubbish.
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Featured in Rita Tushingham: Remembering 'A Taste of Honey' (2016) 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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Taste of Honey is evocative of life in Lancashire in the 1960's. The scenes of what were called the "Whit Walks" must bring back memories to many Lancashire folk, as must the scenes of England's most famous seaside resort; Blackpool. The film made Rita Tushingham a houshold name. Her portrayal of the the schoolgirl "done wrong" is second to none. Her large wide eyes show the fear and her innocence at the same time. Dora Bryan is magnificent as the "couldn't-care-less" mother who's quest for a good time is at the expense of all others. The film is well worth a watch, particularly if you are a fan of British films of the 60's. Watch out for a continuity gaff in the scenes on the pier!


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