A Touch of Love (1969 film)
A Touch of Love is a 1969 British drama film directed by Waris Hussein and starring Sandy Dennis. It was adapted by Margaret Drabble from her novel The Millstone (1965). It was entered into the 19th Berlin International Film Festival.
|A Touch of Love|
|Directed by||Waris Hussein|
|Produced by||Max Rosenberg|
Edgar J. Scherick
|Written by||Margaret Drabble|
|Music by||Michael Dress|
|Edited by||Bill Blunden|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
Palomar Pictures International
Rosamund Stacey (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. One day, all that changes; through a friend, she is introduced to rising TV newsreader/announcer George Matthews (Ian McKellen). 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, Rosamund 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).
- Sandy Dennis as Rosamund Stacey
- Ian McKellen as George Matthews
- Eleanor Bron as Lydia Reynolds
- John Standing as Roger Henderson
- Michael Coles as Joe Hurt
- Rachel Kempson as Sister Henry
- Peggy Thorpe-Bates as Mrs. Stacey
- Kenneth Benda as Mr. Stacey
- Sarah Whalley as Octavia
- Shelagh Fraser as Miss Gurnsey
- Deborah Stanford as Beatrice
- Margaret Tyzack as Sister Bennett
- Roger Hammond as Mike
- Maurice Denham as Doctor Prothero
- Penelope Keith as nurse.
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.
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. Rosenberg later said it was in his opinion the best movie that Amicus produced.