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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.

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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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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

The parade Jo and Geoffrey watch is called the Whit Week Walk, which dates back to 1821. See more »

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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

Jimmy: I dreamt about you last night - fell out of bed twice!
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Featured in Rita Tushingham: Remembering 'A Taste of Honey' (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Because He Loves Me
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Written by Harry Castling
Sung in the pub by Dora Bryan
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Body language says more than words
8 September 2006 | by angelprof03See all my reviews

There are several aspects about this film that I find absolutely clever. First, the way of representing characters' feelings through acting rather than speaking. Helen, Jo or Geoffey's faces give away more than they could say. Helen is a masterpiece of selfishness only by looking at the way she puts on lipstick or combs her hair or lits a cigarette. She's so self-concerned, she never allows Jo into her own body space. At the same time Jo becomes more and more despondent, tragically aware of her mother's lack of love (the acme when she throws away Peter's chocs in Blackpool) and her bent shoulders speak out for her. She carries the weight of being unwanted. Then, the dialogues never convey a proper explanation of things; the characters never explain themselves clearly or are able to articulate a description, crying out for their own feelings. The people in this film don't even know theirs, they haven't got the means to express them and it's up to the watchers to understand everything. Probably that's why I felt so overwhelmed while watching it. I really felt the public was called to read through the lines of such a powerful representation of life.


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