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A Touch of Love (1969)

A young London woman, studying for her doctorate in the British Museum, spends her nights trying to avoid the sexual admiration of men in her life.

Director:

Waris Hussein

Writers:

Margaret Drabble (screenplay), Margaret Drabble (from her novel "The Millstone")
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Cast

Cast overview:
Sandy Dennis ... Rosamund
Ian McKellen ... George
Michael Coles ... Joe
John Standing ... Roger
Peggy Thorpe-Bates Peggy Thorpe-Bates ... Mrs. Stacey
Kenneth Benda ... Mr. Stacey
Deborah Stanford Deborah Stanford ... Beatrice
Roger Hammond ... Mike
Eleanor Bron ... Lydia
Margaret Tyzack ... Sister Bennett
Maurice Denham ... Dr. Prothero
Rachel Kempson ... Sister Harvey
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Rosamund (Sandy Dennis), a young 'bookish' girl in London society, spends her days studying for a doctorate in the British Museum and her nights avoiding the sexual attention of the men in her life. But one day, all that changes. Through a friend, she is introduced to rising TV newsreader/announcer George (Ian McKellen) and after a further chance meeting and a tumble on the sofa, she finds herself pregnant from her first sexual encounter. After a failed attempt at self-induced abortion, she resolves to have the child, leaving her on a solitary and at times discouraging path through pregnancy and into single motherhood, aided only by her close friend Lydia (Eleanor Bron). Written by lament

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Rosamund Stacey is gentle and warm. She Has a Nice Job. And a Nice Baby. What More Could a Single Girl Want? See more »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Anypandri mitera See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (photographed in)
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Trivia

Margaret Drabble's original novel was titled "The Millstone", an ironic reference to the baby the unmarried heroine finds she's expecting, while trying to complete her doctorate. This was the working title for this film, but it was deemed unsuitable and not commercial. In America, the film was released as "Thank You All Very Much", the sarcastic remark the heroine makes to a group of student doctors after they have studied her case at length, without ever speaking to her, or making any acknowledgment of her as a person. See more »

Quotes

Lydia Reynolds: But you ought to tell somebody, Ros. Somebody ought to help you out. What about your sister?
Rosamund Stacey: My sister's got three of her own.
Lydia Reynolds: Then get your mother home.
Rosamund Stacey: Lord, Lydi', the last thing on Earth I want is my mother home.
Lydia Reynolds: It's none of my business but what about this man, whoever he is?
Rosamund Stacey: Look, Lydia, you don't know him, he doesn't know it's happened and I'm not going to tell him so let's forget about him shall we?
Lydia Reynolds: Sorry. Do you love him, whoever he is?
Rosamund Stacey: Love him? I hardly know him.
Lydia Reynolds: [...]
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Referenced in Monty Python's Flying Circus: Full Frontal Nudity (1969) See more »

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Pregnant after a night of passionlessness
10 October 2016 | by trimmerb1234See all my reviews

Not sure I find Sandy Dennis very credible, it's a mannered performance, at times impassive and disengaged, at times the opposite - for no discernible reason other than perhaps to maintain her familiar unfathomable screen personna.

Clearly written by a woman, judged by the savage portrayal of the sadistic hospital matron who needlessly blocks the young mother from even glimpsing her recovering infant under the pretence of efficiency and rules, in contrast to the kind (male) consultant who is only too happy to allow this.

Ian McKellan plays a pleasant young man who one would assume seduces the Dennis character only that she seems neither stirred nor shaken by his advances. Nevertheless clearly we gather from her change of costume into something more comfortable and it being morning, that intimacy has taken place. Somehow this significant event has, while changing her state irrevocably, left her manner as neutral and unchanged as if it never happened. And, oddly, the film ended suddenly leaving me feeling exactly the same - as if nothing of interest or significance had happened.


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