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98 Ratings

Poor Cow

Directed by Ken Loach
United Kingdom, 1967


Joy is an 18 year old woman who runs away from home with Tom; this proves to be the first of many bad choices. She marries and has a boy, Johnny. Tom is a thief; he becomes mentally and physically abusive to Joy and ends up in prison, leaving her on her own.

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Poor Cow Directed by Ken Loach

Awards & Festivals

Golden Globes (USA)

1969 | Nominee: Best English-Language Foreign Film

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

1968 | Winner: Best Actress

Critics reviews

Every face that appears on screen tells a story. There’s an amazing amount of colour in Poor Cow, and its profoundly grim social-realist style causes the film to double as a melancholic documentary portrait of the craggy-faced have-nots and doled-up strumpets whose impossible dreams are pacified by booze, fags and egg sarnies.
June 26, 2016
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