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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:

En duft af honning See more »

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Budget:

£120,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

According to Morrissey, Shelagh Delaney's play was the inspiration for The Smiths's song, "This Night Has Opened My Eyes". The song incorporates the following dialog from the play (also used in the film): Geoffrey: The dream is gone. Jo: But the baby's real. See more »

Goofs

During the opening credits bus ride through Manchester the very large building on Portland street overlooking Piccadilly Gardens (now a Thistle hotel) has large letters across the top on each wing identifying it as "Hickson, Lloyd & King Ltd.", but in the shot, the letters are all backwards in a mirror image. 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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Soundtracks

Let's Slip Away
(uncredited)
from Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)
Music by John Dankworth
Lyrics by David Dearlove
Performed by Cleo Laine
Played during the Blackpool sequence
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A poignant, delicately powerful gem of a movie!
17 January 2004 | by Rogue-18See all my reviews

This offbeat film is funny, tragic, and all the stops in between...and if Rita Tushingham, as the teenaged heroine "Jo", is the movie's heart, its soul is Murray Melvin, whose subtle but searing performance as her friend "Geoff" is one of the greatest on film (it deservedly won him the Cannes Film Festival's "Palme d'Or").

Most of the musical score may sound odd to American ears (I believe it reflects the instrumental music that actually accompanied the stage play from which this film is adapted), but the chorus of lilting children's voices, singing a traditional song, that is heard over the movie's opening and closing sequences, is extremely effective.


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