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 of that changes. Through a friend, she is introduced to rising television newsreader and announcer George (Sir 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).
Margaret Drabble's original novel was titled "The Millstone", an ironic reference to the baby the unmarried heroine finds she's expecting, while trying to complete her doctorate. This was the working title for this movie, but it was deemed unsuitable and not commercial. In the U.S., this movie was released as "Thank You All Very Much", the sarcastic remark the heroine makes to a group of student doctors after they have studied her case at length, without ever speaking to her, nor making any acknowledgment of her as a person. See more »
You're quite sure, Miss Stacey, you've thought this out properly? You ought to think about the child, you know. I'm quite sure your feelings will change considerably over the next few months. There are a great many happy, married couples who would be able to offer your baby a home and give her a much better life than you would ever be able to provide for her.
Yes, well I expect it is arrogant of me to suppose that I too may have things to provide. I mean, I'm not a happy, married couple I know. ...
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Watch it for Sandy Dennis McKellen, etc, and M.Drabble's Novel
After seeing Sandy Dennis in all her somewhat-quirky roles ( I even saw her hit '60,s play "Any Wednesday", before she got into films), it was almost a revelation: how beautiful and fine her performance. Also, interesting as time warp: 60's situation and attitude, also all the other fine performers when they were young( Bron, Standing, McKellen )
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