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Poor Cow (1967)

Approved | | Drama | 31 January 1968 (USA)
A young woman lives a life filled with bad choices. She marries and has a child with an abusive thief at a young age who quickly ends up in prison. Left alone she takes up with his mate (... See full summary »

Director:

Ken Loach (as Kenneth Loach)

Writers:

Nell Dunn (screenplay), Ken Loach (screenplay) (as Kenneth Loach) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carol White ... Joy
John Bindon ... Tom
Queenie Watts Queenie Watts ... Aunt Emm
Kate Williams Kate Williams ... Beryl
Laurie Asprey Laurie Asprey
James Beckett James Beckett ... Tom's mate
Ray Barron Ray Barron ... Customer in Pub
Hilda Barry Hilda Barry ... Customer in Pub
Ken Campbell Ken Campbell ... Mr. Jacks (as Kenneth Campbell)
Ronald Clarke Ronald Clarke ... (as Ron Clarke)
Ellis Dale Ellis Dale ... Solicitor
Gladys Dawson Gladys Dawson ... Bet
Terry Duggan Terry Duggan ... 2nd Prisoner
Winnie Holman Winnie Holman ... Woman in Park
Rose Hiller Rose Hiller ... Customer in Hairdresser's
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Storyline

A young woman lives a life filled with bad choices. She marries and has a child with an abusive thief at a young age who quickly ends up in prison. Left alone she takes up with his mate (another thief) who seems to give her some happiness but who also ends up in the nick. She then takes up with a series of seedy types who offer nothing but momentary pleasure. Her son goes missing and she briefly comes to grips with what is most important to her. Written by Fred Cabral <ftcabral@hotmail.com>

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For Some Girls, Love is the Only Way to Love See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Poor Cow - geküßt und geschlagen See more »

Filming Locations:

Wales, UK See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,709
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In Steven Soderbergh's thriller The Limey (1999), flashbacks involving the main character played by Terence Stamp are actually (parts of) scenes from 'Poor Cow'. See more »

Goofs

In the beach caption, the word bikini is spelt "bikin". See more »

Quotes

Joy: Yeah, don't forget to get me some nice sovereigns, gold ones.
Dave: Oh, I'll try love. You know, not always made to order.
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Alternate Versions

The BBFC website states that the original version had some sex references that were cut before its release in the 1960s. http://www.bbfc.co.uk/education-resources/student-guide/bbfc-history/1960s See more »

Connections

Follows The Wednesday Play: Cathy Come Home (1966) See more »

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He's the One
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Written by Charles Blackwell
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Set in 60's London. Working class girl's desperate voyage through relationships
9 January 2007 | by craigjohn-1See all my reviews

One of the best of the 'kitchen-sinks'. Fantastic views of London and invaluable snippets of working class life of the 60's. Loach's eye seems to capture everything, yet makes no judgment - a taste of things to come. As with 'Kes', 'Riff-raff' and 'Sweet Sixteen', it serves as a cinematic social history of Britain. Carol White is completely convincing, you love her, fancy her, want to take care of her, but hold your head at her self-destructive decisions and still follow her in some vain hope. Well backed up by Terence Stamp, ( fresh off 'The collector', also catch 'The Hit' ) and a plethora of English faces ( all looking very young ). Pefectly set to Donovan's dulcet tones. Stamp sings 'Yellow is the color', in a lovely scene, ending with him saying, " Getting better, ain't I " ( song also used in 'The rules of Attraction' - I think ) Watch Carol Whites screen mum getting ready to 'go out and get a bloke', putting on her false eye-lashes to the sound of 'Rosie' on the radio - priceless. A treasure for anyone who was around at the time and a reminder of how good life is now in England. Incidentally Soderburgh used clips from 'Poor cow' in 'The Limey'.


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