A Taste of Honey

A Taste of Honey

Director: Tony Richardson Cast: Dora Bryan, Rita Tushingham, Robert Stephens

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/23/2016
UPC: 0715515184717
Original Release: 1961
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:40:00
Sales rank: 7,886

Special Features

New interviews with actors Rita Tushingham and Murray Melvin Audio interview with director and coscreenwriter Tony Richardson from the 1962 Cannes Film Festival Excerpt from a 1960 television interview with A Taste of Honey playwright Shelagh Delaney Interview from 1998 with cinematographer Walter Lassally Remaking British Theater: Joan Littlewood and "A Taste of Honey," a new piece about the film's stage origins, featuring an interview with theater scholar Kate Dorney Momma Don't Allow (1956), a Free Cinema short film by Richardson, shot by Lassally

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dora Bryan Helen
Rita Tushingham Jo
Robert Stephens Peter
Murray Melvin Geoffrey
Paul Danquah Jimmy
David Boliver Bert
Margo Cunningham Landlady
John Harrison Cave Attendant
Eunice Blalck Schoolteacher
Herbert Smith Shoe Shop Proprietor
Jean Cadell Actor

Technical Credits
Tony Richardson Director,Producer,Screenwriter
John Addison Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Herb Alpert Songwriter
Ralph W. Brinton Art Director
Shelagh Delaney Screenwriter
George Frost Makeup
Antony Gibbs Editor
Sophia Harris Costumes/Costume Designer
Walter Lassally Cinematographer

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