Poor Cow


1h 44m 1968

Brief Synopsis

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. Left alone she takes up with his mate (another thief) who seems to give her some happiness but who also ends up in the nick. She then takes up with a series of seedy types who offer nothing but momentary pleasure. Her son goes missing and she briefly comes to grips with what is most important to her.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1968
Premiere Information
New York opening: 31 Jan 1968
Production Company
Fenchurch Films; Vic Films
Distribution Company
National General Pictures Corporation
Country
United Kingdom
Location
Wales, United Kingdom; Isle of Sheppey, Kent, England, United Kingdom; London, England, United Kingdom
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Poor Cow by Nell Dunn (London, 1967).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 44m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)

Synopsis

After giving birth to a son, 18-year-old Joy returns to her dingy London flat and her husband, Tom, an abusive and insensitive petty thief. Money from a successful robbery enables the couple to move to a better apartment, but Joy's happiness is ended when Tom is arrested and sent to jail. Joy stays with her aging Aunt Emm before moving in with Dave, one of Tom's friends. Dave's tender nature and affection for Joy's son, Jonny, arouses a loving response in Joy, but even this happiness ends abruptly when Dave is also convicted of robbery. After promising to wait for Dave, Joy begins divorce proceedings against Tom and sets out to earn a living for herself and Jonny. Following jobs as a barmaid and a nude model, Joy drifts into a life of promiscuity; then Tom returns from prison, and Joy tries to revive their marriage. Eventually, however, Tom beats her up during an argument, and she runs from their flat. When she returns, she discovers that Jonny is missing. Frantic, she races through the neighborhood until she finds him playing in a demolition site. Realizing how much her child means to her, Joy compromises her life by remaining with Tom but hopes for future happiness with Dave.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1968
Premiere Information
New York opening: 31 Jan 1968
Production Company
Fenchurch Films; Vic Films
Distribution Company
National General Pictures Corporation
Country
United Kingdom
Location
Wales, United Kingdom; Isle of Sheppey, Kent, England, United Kingdom; London, England, United Kingdom
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Poor Cow by Nell Dunn (London, 1967).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 44m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Filmed on location in London, Wales, and the Isle of Sheppey. Opened in London in December 1967.

Miscellaneous Notes

The United Kingdom

Released in United States 2000

Released in United States Winter January 31, 1968

The role of Billy, played by Malcolm McDowell, was cut out before being released.

Released in United States 2000 (Shown in New York City (Film Forum) as part of program "The British New Wave: From Angry Young Men to Swinging London" October 27 - November 16, 2000.)

Released in United States Winter January 31, 1968