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Taste of Honey (A)

Country: UK, Language: English, 100 mins

  • Director: Tony Richardson
  • Writer: Shelagh Delaney
  • Producer: Tony Richardson

CGiii Comment

Astounding for its time.

Blood is thicker than water and Mother knows best - the dialogue is real and shocking, hard and harsh but the underlying sensitivity is heartening.

The hand of friendship is extended by the gay boy in his desperate search for love.

The 60s certainly pushed the boundaries.

Richardson at his best.


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The(ir) Blurb...

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?

Cast & Characters

Dora Bryan as Helen;
Robert Stephens as Peter Smith;
Rita Tushingham as Jo;
Murray Melvin as Geoffrey Ingham;
Paul Danquah as Jimmy;
Michael Bilton as Landlord;
Eunice Black as Schoolteacher;
David Boliver as Bert;
Margo Cunningham as Landlady;
A. Goodman as Rag and Bone Man;
John Harrison as Cave Attendant;
Veronica Howard as Gladys;
Moira Kaye as Doris;
Graham Roberts;
Valerie Scarden as Woman in Shoe Shop