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Release Date:
31 January 1968 (USA) See more »
"Look at those creeps... bet they haven't even put films in the cameras. Still a girl's got to earn a living... and a loving." See more »
A young woman lives a life filled with bad choices. She marries and has a child with an abusive thief at a young age who quickly ends up in prison... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Carol White ... Joy

John Bindon ... Tom
Queenie Watts ... Aunt Emm
Kate Williams ... Beryl
Laurie Asprey
James Beckett ... Tom's mate
Ray Barron ... Customer in Pub
Hilda Barry ... Customer in Pub
Ken Campbell ... Mr. Jacks (as Kenneth Campbell)
Ronald Clarke (as Ron Clarke)
Ellis Dale ... Solicitor
Gladys Dawson ... Bet
Terry Duggan ... 2nd Prisoner
Winnie Holman ... Woman in Park
Rose Hiller ... Customer in Hairdresser's
John Halstead ... Photographer
Doreen Herrington
Muriel Hunte ... Woman in Prison
Paddy Joyce ... Governor in studio
Simon King ... Johnny, Age 1½
Stevie King ... Johnny, Age 3 (as Stephen King)
Anna Karen ... Neighbour
Helen Lennox

Billy Murray ... Tom's mate
Ron Pember ... Petal
Wally Patch ... Customer in Pub
Phillip Ross ... Shelley
Geraldine Sherman ... Trixie
Will Stampe ... Photographer
Bernard Stone ... Photographer
Tony Selby ... Customer in Pub
Michael Standing ... Young Man in Field
George Tovey ... Photographer
Gerald Young ... Judge

Terence Stamp ... Dave Fuller
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Malcolm McDowell ... Billy (scenes deleted)

George Sewell ... Customer in Pub (scenes deleted)
Liza Carrol ... Customer in Pub (uncredited)
Ian Christian ... Customer in Pub (uncredited)
Jack E. Clarke ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Peter Claughton ... Driving Examiner (uncredited)
Sian Davies ... Customer in Pub (uncredited)
Mo Dwyer ... Prisoner's Wife (uncredited)

Chris Gannon ... Customer in Pub (uncredited)

Max Howard ... Child in Street (uncredited)
Martin King ... Prison Warder (uncredited)
Julie May ... Woman in Sheppey (uncredited)
Mike Negal ... Customer in Pub (uncredited)
Philip Newman ... Customer in Pub (uncredited)
Joe Palmer ... Customer in Pub (uncredited)
Alan Selwyn ... Customer in Pub (uncredited)
James Thornhill ... 1st Prisoner (uncredited)

Jack Wild ... Boy Playing Football [Wearing Hat] (uncredited)

Directed by
Ken Loach  (as Kenneth Loach)
Writing credits
Nell Dunn (screenplay) and
Ken Loach (screenplay) (as Kenneth Loach)

Nell Dunn (novel: "Poor Cow")

Produced by
Joseph Janni .... producer
Edward Joseph .... associate producer
Original Music by
Cinematography by
Brian Probyn 
Film Editing by
Roy Watts 
Casting by
Miriam Brickman 
Art Direction by
Bernard Sarron 
Makeup Department
Betty Glasow .... hair stylist
Paul Rabiger .... makeup artist
Production Management
David C. Anderson .... production manager (as David Anderson)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andrew Grieve .... assistant director
Alex Carver-Hill .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Geoff R. Brown .... dubbing editor
Gerry Humphreys .... sound recordist
Tony Jackson .... sound assistant
Kevin Sutton .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Browne .... gaffer
Chris Menges .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Caroline Mott .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Chris Pinnock .... trainee editor
Music Department
John Cameron .... conductor
John Cameron .... music arranger
Other crew
Penny Eyles .... continuity
John Goldstone .... assistant to producer
David Symonds .... pop programmer
Catherine O'Brien .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Poor Cow - geküßt und geschlagen" - Austria, West Germany
"Όχι δάκρυα για την Τζόυ" - Greece
"A Lágrima Secreta" - Brazil (imdb display title)
"Czekajac na zycie" - Poland (imdb display title)
"Düsen kadin" - Turkey (Turkish title)
"Geküßt und geschlagen" - West Germany
"Intohimoleikki" - Finland (imdb display title)
"Joy, jadna devojka" - Yugoslavia (Serbian title) (literal title)
"Kukkinut ja kukoistanut" - Finland (TV title)
"Lidernas lek" - Finland (Swedish title) (imdb display title)
"Pas de larmes pour Joy" - France
"Pobre vaca" - Mexico (imdb display title)
"Stackars flicka" - Sweden
"Stakkels ko" - Denmark (imdb display title)
"Szegény tehén" - Hungary (imdb display title)
"Tyttö parka" - Finland (informal title)
"Yozora ni hoshi no aru youni" - Japan (imdb display title)
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101 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:14A (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | New Zealand:M | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:15 (video rating) (1988) | USA:Approved | West Germany:18
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First film of John Bindon.See more »
Miscellaneous: In the beach caption, the word bikini is spelt "bikin".See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
The other side of the swinging 60's, 22 January 2012
Author: jc-osms from United Kingdom

You know what to expect when the first scene in Ken Loach's "Poor Cow" is a graphic image of Carol White's character giving birth to her son, although for my taste this was taking documentary realism to extremes. For the remainder of the film we follow White's progress, if that's the right word, for the next few years as she lives a mostly tawdry life on the edge of both poverty and legality, interacting with a mostly dubious set of individuals in not-so-swinging London in the mid-60's.

The narrative is somewhat awkwardly interspersed with chapter plates, presumably written by White, although these don't actually aid the structure of the piece as the film progresses pretty much on a tangential basis although as an insight into her character's naive optimism and childlike simplicity, they may serve some purpose.

Loach's soon to be trademark fly-on-the-wall camera-work is never still, long-shots, extreme close-ups, walking shots, tracking shots all to convince us like his acclaimed TV documentary "Cathy Come Home", of the previous year (with the same actress in the lead) of the veracity of his subject, stripping away all cinematic artifice. In this he succeeds, inviting no pity for her, only portraying her making do and working with what she has, with little prospect of escape.

Of course this unremittingly bleak outlook can be overbearing and cold and there are many scenes where he could and should have called "Cut!" earlier, but as an insight into the working class of supposedly affluent Britain, it's important to hold up a mirror to society as he does here.

In the final scenes, when White is reunited with her temporarily lost child, we are brought full-circle to that shocking opening scene as he reminds us that family love is perhaps the only true love. Whether it will be enough of a basis for White to break out and make a life for herself and her son is debatable so that some sort of a sequel might have been interesting to consider.

The cast is an interesting with one with Terence Stamp demonstrating his range as the crook who White falls for and who shows her a kind of loving, even as the film makes clear in the only stagy scene in the film, his courtroom trial, that there are no victimless crimes. As in "Cathy Come Home", White holds the viewer's attention with her disarming honesty, vulnerability and spirit. Interesting to see the notorious John Pindin in a prominent role too.

You don't watch a Loach film for comfortable viewing but as an agent-provocateur, turning over stones most would step over, he's an important director in British cinema.

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