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That Touch of Mink | 1962 | NR | – 4.2.1

content-ratingsWhy is “That Touch of Mink” rated NR? The MPAA has not rated this film. The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes many suggestive sexual remarks and innuendo, discussions about unmarried women and the lengths they will go to get a husband, a couple of scuffles and yelling matches that result in people being bandaged, a reference to spousal abuse, and name-calling and insults. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


Doris Day is an unemployed computer operator and Cary Grant is the wealthy industrialist and committed bachelor whose limousine inadvertently splashes her with puddle mud. He tries to make amends by seducing her with expensive gifts and travel, and she resists, but not quite and so it goes toward matrimony. Also with Gig Young, Audrey Meadows, Alan Hewitt and John Astin. Directed by Delbert Mann. [Running Time: 1:39]

That Touch of Mink SEX/NUDITY 4

 – A man sits with a woman on a sofa and kisses her bare shoulder (she becomes uncomfortable) and she turns to face him and they kiss.
 A woman agrees to go away with a man for an overnight trip to make another man jealous. A man makes suggestive remarks to a woman in an employment office and implies that he will withhold her benefits if she doesn’t at least go to dinner with him (and then probably to his apartment). A married man tells an employee that she can keep her job if she introduces her to his friend (another woman). A man invites a woman to travel around the world with him and after consideration, and an argument, she accepts his invitation. A woman on a hotel elevator with a man looks at another woman on the elevator with another man and acknowledges her knowingly while the second woman imagines that everyone knows that she is not married to the man (she imagines the two of them standing on a double bed, riding in a bed shaped elevator, etc). A woman asks a man awkwardly, “What do people do here at night for entertainment?” A wife calls for her husband (from off-screen), he runs off-screen and we hear him fall into a swimming pool (they are nervous newlyweds on their wedding night). A man in an office with a woman asks her to let her hair down and take off her glasses, and when she does so, he says it doesn’t work like in the movies. A man talks to his psychoanalyst and he hears only part of what he says that leads him to believe that the client is having a relationship with another man; the analyst is shocked, assumes the man is mentally unstable, and later the man shows him a newborn and the analyst is shocked again. Two women accept a donation from a man for their home for “Unwed mothers.” A woman remarks about, “sneaky ways to undress a girl.” A woman on the phone tells another woman, “Of course, I’ve got my clothes on.” A woman comments about a “flying bedroom.”
 Two men are shown in a shower room and we see bare shoulders, abdomens, chests and backs and one man runs onto the street with a towel wrapped around his waist. Several women model dresses for a woman to purchase in a clothing store (several dresses are form-fitting and some reveal cleavage or bare backs). Men and women are seen in swimwear in and around a swimming pool (men’s bare chests, abdomens, backs and legs are seen and women’s bare shoulders, cleavage and legs are seen). A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage and her bare back).


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That Touch of Mink VIOLENCE/GORE 2

 - An inebriated woman falls over a balcony and lands on a canopy below (we hear that she sprained her wrist and she wears a sling later). A woman hits a man and he falls down a flight of stairs, where another woman hits him with a broom and he falls down another flight of stairs and a dog chases him out of the building and into a taxi (we see him later with torn clothes and smudges on his face). A man picks a woman up and puts her over his shoulder, puts her in the back of a poultry van and speeds away with her in the back. Two men burst into a hotel room, where a husband and wife are, looking for a different woman.
 A man makes suggestive remarks to a woman in an employment office and implies that he will withhold her benefits if she doesn't go out with him. A married man tells an employee that she can keep her job if she introduces her to his friend (another woman). A man grabs a woman by the arm and leads her out of a restaurant.
 A woman reaches through a food dispensing hatch and slaps a man in the face. A woman throws food through a food dispensing hatch and into a man's face. A woman yells at a man about another man's behavior. A man seems upset that another man pays him a lot of money for his work and that the other man seems to always get what he wants. A man tells another man, "I am not your messenger boy," and makes a remark about, "Paying off a girl for you." A woman yells at an umpire during a baseball game and gets two players and a coach kicked out of the game. A man tells another man that a woman is afraid of him. A woman kicks a dresser drawer in frustration. A man says he will not "Dress her for the sacrifice." A man talks about a woman being like "Joan of Arc on the way to the fire." A man makes a comment about someone needing to be horsewhipped. A man talks about a woman getting headaches and that he "belted her," and another man concurs and says he did the same to a woman. A woman says, "I just want to die." A man says of a woman, "I should've dropped her over the desert." A woman becomes angry about a man interfering in her finding a job and she presses buttons on a computing machine causing it to malfunction.
 A woman standing on a sidewalk is splashed when a car runs through a puddle in the roadway (we see her clothing and face splattered with dirty water and she yells and makes a face). People push and shove when exiting a crowded train car. Many people stand in lines in an employment office in a couple of scenes. A man climbs into the back of a delivery van that is filled with crates of chickens prepared for market.
 A woman breaks out in a rash on her face (we see splotches of cream on her face). A man breaks out in a rash and we see him with spots of cream on his face.


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That Touch of Mink LANGUAGE 1

 - Name-calling (personally distasteful, sneaky, crude, waterlogged girls, lush, lack of integrity, panicky, Ivy League Socrates, idiot, unwed mothers, shrewd, honey, shy, unfortunate girls, cold, ruthless, predatory, you Hitler, inconsiderate, unwed fathers, repulsive, playboy, snake, messenger boy, little girl, simple, dull, liar, rustics, zippy, unsophisticated, Rasputin, little lady, pal, puppet master, sell outs, socialist), exclamations (gee, oh for..., oh gosh), 1 religious exclamation (Oh God). | profanity glossary |


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That Touch of Mink SUBSTANCE USE

 - A man talks about having taken 3 tranquilizers in a jigger of brandy to be able to sleep. A man holds a drink and drinks from it in an office in several scenes throughout the movie (it is implied that he is an alcoholic), a man pours a drink in a hotel room, a man and a woman have cocktails with dinner in a restaurant in a couple of scenes, a woman offers a woman a bottle of wine while they drive in a delivery truck, a woman drinks several gulps of whiskey and we later see that she has drunk the entire bottle (she is inebriated and lies in bed waiting for a man). A woman remarks about women finally being granted the right to smoke in public, and a man smokes outside.


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That Touch of Mink DISCUSSION TOPICS

 - Gender roles, lecherous behavior, sexism, bargaining with sex, honor, manners, disappointment, dignity, respect, love, trust, morality, conscience, guilt, humiliation, relationships, ego, classism, unwed mothers.

That Touch of Mink MESSAGE

 - In the early 1960s it was clearly understood that men wanted to seduce women without getting married, while women dreamed of becoming married housewives, and both used tricks to get what they wanted.

CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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