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 indisputable fact tests the mettle of their relationship more than anything else they could have imagined. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi
Classics , Drama
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Governor Films Inc.


Alan Bates
as Victor Arthur 'Vic'
June Ritchie
as Ingrid Rothwell
Thora Hird
as Mrs. Rothwell
Bert Palmer
as Mr. Geoffrey Brown
Gwen Nelson
as Mrs. Brown
Malcolm Patton
as Jim Brown
Pat Keen
as Christine
Norman Heyes
as Laisterdyke
John Ronane
as Draughtsman
Fred Ferris
as Mr. Althorpe
Patsy Rowlands
as Dorothy
David Cook (XXII)
as Draughtsman
Kathy Staff
as Mrs. Oliphant
Ruth Porcher
as Mrs. Keen
Harry Markham
as Railwayman
Peter Madden
as Registrar
Katherine Staff
as Mrs. Oliphant
Edna Ridgway
as Pub Pianist
Graham Rigby
as Pub Politician
Bud Ralston
as Pub Comedian
Bryan Mosley
as Bus Conductor
Joe Gladwin
as Bus Conductor
Jerry Desmonde
as Television Compere
Reginald Green
as Television Competitor
Douglas Livingstone
as Window Cleaner
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Critic Reviews for A Kind of Loving

All Critics (11) | 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 5, 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.

June 23, 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 8, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Alan Bates is at his handsome, wickedly charming peak in A Kind of Loving.

Full Review… | July 22, 2016
Times (UK)

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

Audience Reviews for A Kind of Loving


There are tensions between desire, responsibility and social acceptance that are not easily resolved. While the moral climate it depicts has largely changed, A Kind of Loving remains an interesting and rewarding film, which dares to accept that there are not necessarily any easy answers to the questions it poses.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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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