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A Kind of Loving (1962)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 1 October 1962 (USA)
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After his girlfriend's pregnancy forces him to marry her, a young man must adjust to his new life and contend with his domineering mother-in-law.

Director:

John Schlesinger

Writers:

Willis Hall (screenplay), Keith Waterhouse (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 4 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Bates ... Victor Arthur 'Vic' Brown
June Ritchie ... Ingrid Rothwell
Thora Hird ... Mrs. Rothwell
Bert Palmer Bert Palmer ... Mr. Geoffrey Brown
Pat Keen Pat Keen ... Christine Harris
James Bolam ... Jeff
Jack Smethurst Jack Smethurst ... Conroy
Gwen Nelson ... Mrs. Brown
John Ronane John Ronane ... Draughtsman
David Mahlowe David Mahlowe ... David Harris
Patsy Rowlands ... Dorothy
Michael Deacon Michael Deacon ... Les
Annette Robertson Annette Robertson ... Phoebe
Fred Ferris Fred Ferris ... Althorpe
Leonard Rossiter ... Whymper
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Storyline

A young man, inching his way up from working-class traditions via a white-collar job, finds himself trapped by the frightening reality of his girlfriend's pregnancy and is forced into marrying her and moving in with his mother-in-law due to a housing shortage in their Northern England town. Written by alfiehitchie

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The Most Explosive Picture to Come Out of Great Britain! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

1 October 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Algo que parezca amor See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,278, 7 April 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,278, 7 April 2017
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Vic Films Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

At the start of the film, Vic and some of his friends are seen perusing a magazine filled with shots of topless models. This is one of the first instances in British cinema of bared breasts. See more »

Goofs

In the opening wedding scene, an elderly relative is prevented from taking photographs when the wedding car pulls up in front of her. She is however then seen taking pictures on the other side of the car as the bride and groom get in. Then as the car pulls away she is back in her original position on the 'wrong' side of the car. Still unable to take photos. See more »

Quotes

Vic: Who named you Ingrid?
Ingrid: My mum. She named me after Ingrid Bergman. She was in "For whom the bells tolls", it is her favorite movie, and it came out the year I was born.
Vic: It's an unusual name for an English girl.
Ingrid: I guess, if I'd been a boy, she would have named me after Gary Cooper.
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Connections

References For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) See more »

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Ecstasy
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Music by Jose Belmonte (i.e. Philip Green)
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It's dark,damp,and depressing oop north - brilliant!
5 November 2005 | by ianlouisianaSee all my reviews

Hormonal trainee draughtsman Alan Bates fancies nice-but-dim typist June Ritchie.Er,that's about it really.Formula kitchen sink plot,sub-sub John Osborne/John Braine characters.Sit and watch it in the 3/9d seats whilst stuffing your face with Smith's crisp(watch out for the little blue bag containing salt) and smoking your "Strand".Turn off your brain and put your hand on your girl friend's knee.Well,that's what I did in 1963,but after about 3 minutes screen time I realised I was watching something exceptional.Somehow John Schlesinger had turned this sow's ear into a beautifully observed,moving life-affirming work of art. As an entity this film is so much better than the sum of its parts. The plaintive brass band music adds immeasurably to the atmosphere. June Ritchie is heartbreaking as the naive Ingrid and Alan Bates gives what is arguably his best film performance. The exteriors are well-chosen,the photography elegaic. All the elements for a clichefest are present,but,dammit,it turns into a tour de force.


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