Release dateSeptember 1969 (1969-09) WriterMargaret Drabble (screenplay), Margaret Drabble (novel) Initial releaseAugust 18, 1969 (New York City) CastSandy Dennis (Rosamund Stacey), Ian McKellen (George Matthews), Eleanor Bron (Lydia Reynolds), John Standing (Roger Henderson), Michael Coles (Joe Hurt) Similar moviesLast Orders (2001), The Mind of Mr Soames (1970), The Story of Esther Costello (1957), Our Mothers House (1967), Boy A (2007)
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A Touch of Love is a 1969 British drama film directed by Waris Hussein, adapted by Margaret Drabble from her novel The Millstone (1965). It was entered into the 19th Berlin International Film Festival.
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. But one day, all that changes. Through a friend, she is introduced to rising TV newsreader/announcer George Matthews (Ian McKellen) and 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
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 on it. Rosenberg later said it was in his opinion the best movie that Amicus produced.