A juvenile offender (Sir Tom Courtenay) at a tough reform school impresses its Governor (Sir Michael Redgrave) with his running ability and is encouraged to compete in an upcoming race, but faces ridicule from his peers.
Despite success on the field, a rising rugby star senses the emerging emptiness of his life as his inner angst begins to materialize through aggression and brutality, so he attempts to woo his landlady in hopes of finding reason to live.
Cool, sophisticated Tolen (Ray Brooks) has a monopoly on womanizing - with a long like of conquests to prove it - while the naïve, awkward Colin (Michael Crawford) desperately wants a piece... See full summary »
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
The parade Jo and Geoffrey watch is called the Whit Week Walk, which dates back to 1821. See more »
When Helen, Jo, Peter and friends are on the amusement park boardwalk walking among the crowd; many of the various folks passing by and standing around keep looking into the camera. Apparently these shots were done in a guerrilla filming style using real people as oppose to professional background actors. See more »
[Geoffrey gives Jo a pamplet which explains to new mothers how to look atfer a baby]
Here. Read this. When the baby comes, you won't know one end of it from the other.
"Looking after baby". Isn't that nice? Third month: exercises, relaxation. Fourth month: constipation.
Drink that and shut up.
I hate milk.
Well, get it drunk.
Does it tell you how to feed babies, Geoffrey?
Even *you* know that.
I know about *that* way - breast-feeding. I'm not having a little animal nibbling away at *me*. It's ...
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On a Mountain Stands a Lady
Sung by the kids at the canal as "On a Hill There Is a Lady"
Traditional English children's song See more »
Film Retains is Power
Shelagh Delaney's screenplay for "A Taste of Honey," based on her play of the same name, remains a moving period drama. Beautifully directed by Tony Richardson, this film evokes all the stark realism of the famed English "New Wave/kitchen sink" dramas (made popular by John Osborne) of the late 50s/early 60s.
Rita Tushingham is striking as an working-class adolescent girl, growing into maturity--first through her pregnancy by a young sailor, played by Paul Danquah, and then by her association with a sensitive man, played by Murray Melvin. Dora Bryan is impressive Tushingham's mom.
The sparse photography, sets and score, all combine to make an unforgettable statement.
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