A Kind of Loving (1962)




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This well-wrought romance takes place in Lancashire, England in an industrial area where Vic (Alan Bates) and Ingrid (June Ritchie) work in the same factory. He is a draftsman who wants only a physical relationship with the woman of his choice (Ingrid), and she is a typist who wants true love with the man she is interested in (Vic). In carefully handled scenes throughout, Vic and Ingrid get together but with consequences neither could have foreseen. Ingrid becomes pregnant, and that one … More

Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Classics
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On DVD: Aug 20, 1986
Governor Films Inc.



as Vic Brown

as Ingrid Rothwell

as Mrs. Rothwell

as Mr. Brown

as Jim Brown

as Mrs. Brown

as Christine

as Dorothy

as Registrar

as Draughtsman

as Draughtsman

as Railwayman

as Mrs. Oliphant

as Television Compere

as Bus Driver

as Contestant

as Bus Driver
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Critic Reviews for A Kind of Loving

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

June Ritchie makes an appealing debut as the bewildered Lancashire lass. Alan Bates is a likeable hero who will hold most audience's sympathy despite his weaknesses.

Full Review… | March 6, 2009
Top Critic

Yet with all faults (which include a clumsily episodic structure), it remains keenly observant in detail and rather moving in its very unpretentiousness.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The actors are led through the series with confidence by Mr. Schlesinger and they display their conventional reactions with warmth, sensitivity and force.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

The acting is firm, exact and sympathetic.

Full Review… | June 15, 2015
Monthly Film Bulletin

This is a compelling snapshot of Britain before the Sixties began to swing.

Full Review… | September 26, 2014
Empire Magazine

One of the greatest achievements of the marriage between 'angry young man' drama and the Free Cinema movement in Britain in the early 1960s

Full Review… | September 26, 2014
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for A Kind of Loving


This domestic tale from director John Schlesinger has that endearing, lo-fi authenticity so typical of British films from this era. Alan Bates and June Christie give excellent performances as a newlywed couple, and Thora Hird is loathsome perfection as Christie's shrew mother. The early scenes of blossoming love are wonderfully sweet, and this film has as good a "first kiss" as I've ever seen. However, there's too much movie for such a simple, humdrum story (a couple gets married for the wrong reason, and struggles through the early months of wedlock).

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

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