A Touch of Love (1969 film)

A Touch of Love

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Directed by Waris Hussein
Produced by Max Rosenberg
Edgar J. Scherick
Milton Subotsky
Written by Margaret Drabble
Starring Sandy Dennis
Music by Michael Dress
Cinematography Peter Suschitzky
Edited by Bill Blunden
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Palomar Pictures International
Release dates
  • September 1969 (1969-09)
Running time
107 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

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.[1]


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. A failed attempt at self-abortion just re-inforces Rosamund's resolve to have the child - leaving her on a solitary and at times dismal path through pregnancy and into single motherhood, aided only by close friend Lydia (Eleanor Bron). Will she get through it? Will her child? And will she let Matthews know that he is actually the father?



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.[2]


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.[2]


  1. "19th Berlin International Film Festival". Film Affinity. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  2. 1 2 Ed. Allan Bryce, Amicus: The Studio That Dripped Blood, Stray Cat Publishing, 2000 p 48-49

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