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A Taste of Honey 1961 123movies

A Taste of Honey 1961 123movies

We don’t ask for life. We have it thrust upon us.Oct. 01, 1961100 Min.
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Watch: A Taste of Honey 1961 123movies, Full Movie Online – 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?.
Plot: A working class girl struggles to create a life for herself with her gay co-worker after becoming pregnant from a one-night stand with a black sailor.
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Tasting something daring
A Taste Of Honey is primarily known for the debut of Rita Tushingham who became a star with this and has had a half century career. But for it’s time it was a daring film exploring things we still didn’t talk about in the USA. For instance there was that love that dared not speak its name.

This film is set in working class Manchester and the cinematography was reflective of a very grimy environment that single mom Dora Bryan is raising her daughter Tushingham in. Bryan’s pushing 40, but she likes to party still especially with her new boyfriend Robert Stephens. Rita is clearly in the way.

Interracial love was something not talked of in the USA, but it’s here as young Rita drifts into losing her virginity and getting pregnant by a black sailor Peter Danaquah. He goes off on a long sea voyage without knowing what has happened.

The British may be more frank in talking about it, but interracial love and sex was quite the same as here back then. You can bet the rent money that A Taste Of Honey got no bookings in our Dixie states.

But here next relationship is with Murray Melvin who is as my late British friend Jeff Barker would say was as ‘gay as green shoes’ which is apparently a British expression. No closet for this man in 1961. The omnipresent Code imposed the cone of silence around anything remotely hinting of homosexuality

Tushingham meets Melvin as a customer in a shoe store she works in and the two hit it off. He knows her plight and maybe sex might not be in the future for these two, it’s plain they’ve got a nice friendship working and can support each other and the interracial child coming into the world.

A Taste Of Honey was based on a play by Shelagh Delaney which when it got to Broadway boasted an impressive cast of Angela Lansbury as the mother, Joan Plowright as the daughter, Nigel Davenport as the boyfriend of the mother, Andrew Ray as the gay friend and the sailor was played by a young Billy Dee Williams. I’d love to have seen that production.

Still no complaints about this film. Groundbreaking, touching, and entertaining.

Review By: bkoganbing

Other Information:

Original Title A Taste of Honey
Release Date 1961-10-01
Release Year 1961

Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 41 min (101 min)
Budget 0
Revenue 0
Status Released
Rated Not Rated
Genre Drama
Director Tony Richardson
Writer Shelagh Delaney, Tony Richardson
Actors Rita Tushingham, Dora Bryan, Robert Stephens
Country United Kingdom
Awards Won 4 BAFTA 10 wins & 6 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Website N/A

Technical Information:

Sound Mix Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.66 : 1, 1.66 : 1 (Criterion Collection Blu-ray), 1.75 : 1 (intended ratio)
Camera N/A
Laboratory N/A
Film Length 2,727 m (Italy)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm

A Taste of Honey 1961 123movies
A Taste of Honey 1961 123movies
Original title A Taste of Honey
TMDb Rating 6.899 74 votes

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