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  • Actors: Sandy Dennis, Ian McKellen, Michael Coles, John Standing, Eleanor Bron
  • Directors: Waris Hussein
  • Producers: Max Rosenberg, Milton Subotsky
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Oct. 2008
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001D07QE4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,345 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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British drama based on the novel 'The Millstone' by Margaret Drabble. When philosophy student, Rosamund (Sandy Dennis), has a one-night-stand with gay television presenter, George (Ian McKellen), she falls pregnant. She subsequently decides to bring up the baby on her own, refusing to involve the father. However, when her daughter becomes seriously ill, Rosamund is forced to act quickly to save her.

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When I first saw this film it was entitled "The Millstone" following the title of the book, by Margaret Drabble so no wonder it took for ever to find a copy of the film, but it was so worthwhile. To journey back to those days to an age now lost forever was such a delight. To compare attitudes in the 1960's to the present is shown in the change in the title of the film.

Great performances from Sandy Dennis, Eleanor Bron, John Standing, Michael Coles, Rachel Kempson, Margaret Tyzack, Maurice Denham and a small, yet essential part by a very young Ian McKellen.

"Milton Subotsky says the film was not a box office success but since the filmmakers sold it to the distributors for more than its cost, they made a profit on it. Max Rosenberg of Amicus Productions had made a reputation with horror films but wanted to branch into other areas. He optioned the novel for ₤1,000. He later said it was in his opinion the best movie that Amicus produced." quotes from Wikipedia.

Seemingly not a lot to recommend this film, but it touched my life 45 years ago and has remained as fresh and as relevant as it did in 1969. A greatly overlooked British drama. Well worth watching. I have never missed seeing Lawrence of Arabia 1962 or Zulu 1964, but my life would have been the poorer if I had not seen this film.
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Gentle 1969 film based on the Margaret Drabble novel, The Millstone, published several years earlier.

Ros (Sandy Dennis) is an academic virgin doing her thesis at some unnamed London university. One night she makes love to a campy television presenter played by Ian McKellen and falls pregnant. After much thought and deliberation she decides to keep the baby and not tell the father about it.

Luckily her rather cold parents have left London for Africa, so she has the run of their large mansion flat off Baker Street and she invites her friend, Lydia, played by Eleanor Bron, to move in. This adds some life to the proceedings. Lydia even rents a TV to bring some light into their gloomy flat. This also gives Ros a chance to catch brief glimpses of the father of her child, who she temporarily becomes mildly obsessed with.

'A Touch Of Love' is really about a young woman who grapples with the problems of having a child out of wedlock at a time when this was socially difficult. It's sensitively made and sometimes quite lifeless. There are many nice shots of London, mostly around Marylebone and the film is quite atmospheric because of it. This is the sort of drama that in the 70s would have been a rather good one-off TV play. The sort that are sadly no longer made. Middle Class, well spoken Londoners are now forbidden territory for TV or cinematic dramas in 'Classless Britain'.

Made in 1969, but don't expect 'Swinging London'. Ros, played rather well and understatedly by Sandy Dennis, who affects a very good English accent, is what back then would have been considered a 'square'. No Rolling Stones singles in Ros's record collection or Saturday afternoons along the King's Road.
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After a one night stand with a television newsman (Ian McKellen), a rather wtihdrawn young woman (Sandy Dennis) finds herself pregnant. After first attempting a self induced abortion, she later becomes determined to have the child and raise it alone. Directed by Waris Hussein and with a screen play by Margaret Drabble (based on her novel THE MILLSTONE), this hearkens back a bit to those "kitchen sink" British dramas of the late 50s and early 60s, most notably in plot to the superior THE L SHAPED ROOM. But however derivative, I quite liked the film's simplicity and the earnest manner in which its near plotless scenario played out. If you can get past Dennis's very weak English accent, her performance here is very good, keeping in check the mannerisms which often mar her work. The film's portrayal of the National Health is very unflattering, at least from an American perspective and the film even has a bit of suspense in whether Dennis will tell McKellen he's the father of her baby and their final scene together is beautifully played out. With Eleanor Bron as Dennis's friend and flatmate, Michael Coles, John Standing, Maurice Denham, Rachel Kempson and Margaret Tyzack.

The Optimum DVD (via Great Britain) is a nice looking wide screen (1.85) transfer.
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A very good, if a bit dated, movie about abortion and single mothers in swinging London. From the (middle class) young generation who is matter-of-fact about the subject to society which is still severely opposed to both, the movie provides an interesting historical view.

However, the plot is a bit thin, wears out largely in the end, and I guess that for the time (so without the "historical value"), it must have been a bit boring.

The real interest for me here was Sir Ian: His first appearance in a movie ever. 28, looking barely 25, and already extremely talented (as well as fabulously handsome), he plays the most interesting character of the movie. Too bad 60s prudishness prevented the makers from really getting at the character: it's hinted that he's gay, but never stated, etc. Unfortunate, as the character could have been developed much more and made the movie in turn less boring.

All in all, a very interesting movie if you like the 60s and if you're interested in Ian McKellen's career.
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