A Touch of Love (1969 film)

A Touch of Love is a 1969 British drama film directed by Waris Hussein and starring Sandy Dennis.[1] It was adapted by Margaret Drabble from her novel The Millstone (1965). It was entered into the 19th Berlin International Film Festival.[2]

A Touch of Love
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Directed byWaris Hussein
Produced byMax Rosenberg
Edgar J. Scherick
Milton Subotsky
Written byMargaret Drabble
StarringSandy Dennis
Music byMichael Dress
CinematographyPeter Suschitzky
Edited byBill Blunden
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Palomar Pictures International
Release date
  • September 1969 (1969-09)
Running time
107 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


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).



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.[3]


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.[3]


  1. "A Touch of Love (1969)". BFI.
  2. "19th Berlin International Film Festival". Film Affinity. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  3. Ed. Allan Bryce, Amicus: The Studio That Dripped Blood, Stray Cat Publishing, 2000, pp. 48–49
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