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Taste of Honey, A

Theatrical Release Date:  TBC
Home Ent. Release Date:  12 Oct 2008


Jo (Rita Tushingham) is an awkward, shy 17-year-old girl living with her promiscuous alcoholic mother, Helen (Dora Bryan) in the grey, bleak tenement houses of Manchester. Desperately longing to simply be loved, when her mother's latest boyfriend drives Jo out of their apartment, she spends the night with a black sailor on a brief shore leave. But when Jo's mother abandons her to move in with her latest lover, Jo finds a job and a room for herself. . Then Geoffrey (Murray Melvin) drifts into her world, a shy and lonely homosexual, who she allows to share her flat with. When Jo discovers that she is pregnant with the sailor's child, Geoffrey, grateful for her friendship, looks after her, even offering marriage. But their brief taste of happiness is short-lived for Jo's fickle and domineering mother wants to be part of the picture. Tony Richardson (The Charge of the Light Brigade, Tom Jones)’s adaptation of Shelagh Delaney’s acclaimed play is an eloquent and memorable film which went on to win multiple awards.

Directed By:

  • Tony Richardson


  • Rita Tushingham
  • Dora Bryan
  • Murray Melvin

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