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FULL SYNOPSIS

Director Tony Richardson adapted the screenplay of A Taste of Honey from the "kitchen sink" stage play by Shelagh Delaney. Rita Tushingham plays a working-class British teenager, living with her drink-sodden, libertine mother Dora Bryan. Denied affection by her selfish mother, Tushingham is pushed further in the background when Bryan impulsively marries her latest boyfriend Robert Stephens. The girl takes a job at a shoe store, then moves in with her kindly homosexual employer Murray Melvin. The two lost souls live in harmony until Tushingham becomes pregnant after a casual affair with black sailor Paul Danquah. Melvin comes to the rescue by offering to look after the baby. This relatively blissful state of affairs is short-lived; before long, Tushingham's hateful mother, having been kicked out by Stephens, descends upon her daughter and her "family," with all her debilitating emotional baggage intact. A poignant denouement caps this riveting slice-of-life drama. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:April 30, 1962

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Tony Richardson Best British Film 1961 Winner
Directors Guild of America Tony Richardson Best Director 1962 Nominee
Cannes Film Festival Murray Melvin Best Actor 1962 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Rita Tushingham Most Promising Newcomer 1961 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Rita Tushingham New Star of the Year - Female 1962 Winner
Cannes Film Festival Rita Tushingham Best Actress 1962 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Dora Bryan Best British Actress 1961 Winner

Cast

Dora Bryan
as Helen
Rita Tushingham
as Jo
Robert Stephens
as Peter
Murray Melvin
as Geoffrey
Paul Danquah
as Jimmy
David Boliver
as Bert
Margo Cunningham
as Landlady
Eunice Blalck
as Schoolteacher
Jean Cadell

Crew

Tony Richardson
Director
Tony Richardson
Producer
Tony Richardson
Screenwriter
Shelagh Delaney
Screenwriter
Shelagh Delaney
Play Author
Walter Lassally
Cinematographer
John Addison
Composer (Music Score)
John Addison
Musical Direction/Supervision
Herb Alpert
Songwriter
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