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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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Jimmy says to Jo: "Dreamt about you last night - fell out of bed twice". Morrissey of The Smiths would later use these words on their first album on the track 'Reel around the fountain'. 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'm not sorry and I'm not glad.
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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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Tough But Almost Unbearbly Poignant
11 July 2006 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

Rita Tushingham is excellent as an unhappy girl. Her mother (Dora Bryan) is a slattern. The mother is interested primarily in her dubious good looks and gives almost no attention to daughter Jo (Tushingham.) In one of the few heart-to-heart talks -- in which she tells Jo that her (Jo's) father was a simpleton -- she says that we always remember our first.

Jo's first is indeed a very handsome sailor. He's black.

I'm not going to give anything beyond this away other than to say that Jo becomes best friends with a gay man Murray Melvin. He is the best thing that ever happened to her.

Shelagh Delaney, who wrote the play as a very young woman, wrote the screenplay with director Tony Richardson. It's opened up but not in an annoying manner. I think it's one of Richardson's very best.

I saw this when it first came out. I was a kid and very impressionable. I haven't seen it since but find I'd forgotten little. And that includes the wonderful music. I had never heard the song children sing at the beginning, about a big ship sailing, before nor have I heard it since (until tonight when I watched it again.) But I have never forgotten it.


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