A Taste of Honey (1961)

A Taste of Honey (1961)

Director Tony Richardson

Writer Shelagh Delaney (screenplay), Tony Richardson (screenplay), Shelagh Delaney (play)

Genre Drama

Year 1961

Actors Dora Bryan, Robert Stephens, Rita Tushingham, Murray Melvin

IMDB : 7.6 (3,244 votes)


Description 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?


  • paul hoye 2017-02-02 23:31:13
    the irish are not fools, quite racist, but typical of england in those times
  • Godzilla 日本 2016-08-24 07:04:43
    It's a British thing, so keep your neb out.
  • Meg Moses 2016-02-01 18:27:11
    this is how it was,, in the sixtees
  • The Disingenuous Gamer 2015-10-31 04:30:23
    Morrissey Anyone?
  • Cynthia Hawkins 2015-06-17 13:45:38
    The gritty, black and white "Kitchen Table" films coming out of Britain in the 1960's spoke loud and clear about the changes that were happening in society and the world. I loved Taste of Honey, also Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, This Sporting Life. Americans got to see actors like Alan Bates, Julie Christie, Rachel Roberts, Albert Finney, Richard Harris, Rita Tushigham, a young, powerful Oliver Reed, Tom Courtenay. What a gift, these. I prefer not to dwell on the sociological heavy stuff - just watch and dig the movie.Leave the film analysis for later - fascinating and important as that may be!!
  • Rosalind Mercer 2014-07-23 20:21:44
    The  days before legal abortion .Thank goodness for David Steele!
  • mrmynx 2014-07-19 20:42:04
    "The Colours wrong"?? I thought all babies in these movies were gray?...:)
  • allyc1965 2014-07-04 23:25:01
    Things were miserable in the 60's but that's because everything was still in black and white. With the advent of colour in the early 70's the suicide rates in the UK plummeted. 
  • bascet1 2014-06-01 21:27:14
    Morrissey's favourite film. Salford has always been bleak and hard!! It's just rougher nowadays!!!
  • Greig Roselli 2014-05-28 03:13:18
    Jo (Rita Tushingham) and Geoffrey (Murray Melvin) make a splendid queer couple. #splenax  
  • mr Pinks 2014-04-30 00:24:37
    old meand
  • Susie196921 2014-02-10 07:09:01
    This movie is one of my favorites and one of the best movies made in the 1960's!
  • Terry Grigg 2013-11-12 15:14:47
    A great social realist film, the likes of which unfortunately are no longer made. I love the anti-natalist edge... 'She shouldn't be allowed. Think of the harm she does having children.' 'A bit of love, a bit of lust and there you are. We don't ask for life, we have it thrust upon us.' 'I'll bash its brains out. I'll kill it. I don't want this baby Geoff, I don't want to be a mother, I don't want to be a woman.'
  • RoLorenz 2013-11-06 04:28:49
    I don't even have words to say how much I love this movie!
  • Danny Vaulter 2013-09-27 00:23:00
    I saw this on a TV "late Show' in Iowa when I was 13 just a year or two after it was made. It was the first and for many many years the only positive presentation of a homosexual that I would see. I have the deepest respect and admiration for this film.
  • Andrewsmate 2013-06-22 07:17:02
    Then why do some of the worlds most beautiful come from the UK if that's true, and the most successful model - Kate Moss? A dumb thing to write.
  • Andrewsmate 2013-06-22 07:14:36
    That's a disgusting, ignorant and racist comment. This film tackled many subjects - homosexulaity, interracial relationships, teenage pregnancy, single parenting and if you didn't see the questions asked within this film, then you missed the point.
  • Hugh Jarse 2013-04-04 06:40:37
    that is rich coming from a yank talking about ugly people , your country is run by a jungle bunny , he is not ugly is he ? along with bush and reagan.. fuck me
  • James Tomlinson 2013-02-24 01:43:39
    Brilliant Scene. Brilliant Film. Brilliant Story.
  • Mark Hughes 2013-01-12 05:19:51
    THE BEST BRITISH BRITISH FILM BY A MILE! Perfect.....Dora Bryan....all the way and Murray Melvin is sublime as is Tushingham...

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