A Kind of Loving

A Kind of Loving

John Schlesinger (1962)

X Certificate


Our Score
Unlike the majority of other "grim up North" dramas that found critical favour during the social realist or "kitchen sink" phase of British film-making, John Schlesinger's debut feature is about making the most of life rather than carping on about the colour of the grass on the other side of the fence. Crisply adapted by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall from Stan Barstow's novel, the film is like a scrapbook of typical human experience, with Schlesinger's eye for detail and his persuasive storytelling style creating characters who could have lived next door to you. Alan Bates and June Ritchie are excellent, but Thora Hird is exceptional.


A factory worker gets his girlfriend pregnant, forcing them to endure years of misery and dashed hopes as they marry and move in with her disapproving, nagging mother. John Schlesinger's drama, starring Alan Bates, June Ritchie and Thora Hird.

Cast & Crew

Vic Brown Alan Bates
Ingrid Rothwell June Ritchie
Mrs Rothwell Thora Hird
Mr Brown Bert Palmer
Mrs Brown Gwen Nelson
Jim Brown Malcolm Patton
Christine Pat Keen
David David Mahlowe
Conroy Jack Smethurst
Jeff James Bolam
Les Michael Deacon
Director John Schlesinger
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Anglo AmalgamatedGuidance: Contains nudity.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray