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A Touch of Love (1969)

M | | Drama | September 1969 (UK)
A young London woman, studying for her doctorate in the British Museum, spends her nights trying to avoid the sexual admiration of men in her life.

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Cast overview:
... Rosamund
... George
... Joe
... Roger
Peggy Thorpe-Bates ... Mrs. Stacey
... Mr. Stacey
Deborah Stanford ... Beatrice
... Mike
... Lydia
... Sister Bennett
Maurice Denham ... Dr. Prothero
... Sister Harvey
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Rosamund (Sandy Dennis), a young 'bookish' girl in London society, spends her days studying for a doctorate in the British Museum and her nights avoiding the sexual attention of the men in her life. But one day, all that changes. Through a friend, she is introduced to rising TV newsreader/announcer George (Ian McKellen) and after a further chance meeting and a tumble on the sofa, she finds herself pregnant from her first sexual encounter. After a failed attempt at self-induced abortion, she resolves to have the child, leaving her on a solitary and at times discouraging path through pregnancy and into single motherhood, aided only by her close friend Lydia (Eleanor Bron). Written by lament

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The community is uptight about single girls like Rosamund Stacey. That's THEIR hang up. See more »

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Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events, or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

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Lydia Reynolds: But you ought to tell somebody, Ros. Somebody ought to help you out. What about your sister?
Rosamund Stacey: My sister's got three of her own.
Lydia Reynolds: Then get your mother home.
Rosamund Stacey: Lord, Lydi', the last thing on Earth I want is my mother home.
Lydia Reynolds: It's none of my business but what about this man, whoever he is?
Rosamund Stacey: Look, Lydia, you don't know him, he doesn't know it's happened and I'm not going to tell him so let's forget about him shall we?
Lydia Reynolds: Sorry. Do you love him, whoever he is?
Rosamund Stacey: Love him? I hardly know him.
Lydia Reynolds: [...]
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Referenced in Monty Python's Flying Circus: Full Frontal Nudity (1969) See more »

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12 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

***SPOIL Very faithful to Drabble's book. Wonderful ensemble cast including Eleanor

Bron, Ian McKellen, Maurice Denham, Rachel Kempson and I even spotted

Penelope Keith as one of the hospital battleaxes. Some things have changed

since 1969. Parents can visit their children in hospital, single mothers aren't faced with a choice between abortion and adoption, and we don't have to wear

tent-like beige minidresses any more.

When Sandy explains to Eleanor she never slept with either of her official

boyfriends Eleanor asks "How did you get away with it?" Maybe things haven't

changed that much.

Being a Margaret Drabble, the single mother is an academic living free in her parents huge mansion flat. I longed for Sandy to get together with Ian but I

suppose it would never have worked. We can only hope the character finds Mr

Right and learns to like sex eventually.

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