Poor Cow

Poor Cow

Poor Cow

Carol White and Terence Stamp star in the first of several social realism films by Ken Loach. Co-written by Nell Dunn and based on his novel.

Young mother Joy (White) is forced to fend for herself when her brutal and uncaring husband, Tom (John Bindon), is put in jail. Joy finds brief happiness with Tom's criminal associate Dave (Stamp), who proves kind and gentle when she moves in with him, but this relationship ends when he is also jailed, and Joy is left to raise her young son alone in squalid circumstances.

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Variety

Variety

press

Kenneth Loach uses an improvisatory technique in all this, and it largely works. Thesps were given the gist and trend of the dialog, and permitted to embroider it with their own words.

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Total Film

Total Film

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As a portrait of a struggling mum it's spot-on.

3.0
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Time Out

Time Out

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A time-capsule character study of great warmth and compassion.

4.0
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The Times

The Times

press

An early gem from the social realist movement.

4.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

An argument can certainly be made for sex in movies that try to approach seriously the problems of the young; and this one, which begins so frankly with maternity, seems to have become quite nervous about things physical right after the credits came on.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

press

This has to be seen on the big screen.

5.0
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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Moody, poetic and artful. Another side of Ken Loach.

4.0
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Variety

Variety

press

Kenneth Loach uses an improvisatory technique in all this, and it largely works. Thesps were given the gist and trend of the dialog, and permitted to embroider it with their own words.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

As a portrait of a struggling mum it's spot-on.

3.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

A time-capsule character study of great warmth and compassion.

4.0
0
The Times

The Times

press

An early gem from the social realist movement.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

An argument can certainly be made for sex in movies that try to approach seriously the problems of the young; and this one, which begins so frankly with maternity, seems to have become quite nervous about things physical right after the credits came on.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

This has to be seen on the big screen.

5.0
0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Moody, poetic and artful. Another side of Ken Loach.

4.0
0

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