Look Back in Anger (1958)


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Archetypal British "angry young man" Jimmy Porter (Richard Burton) is a college-educated bloke who can't seem to get any better job than working in a candy store. Jimmy's relationship with his wife Alison (Mary Ure) alternates between hugs and kisses when he's feeling good and verbal abuse when he's down on himself, which is often. Alison's best friend Helena Charles (Claire Bloom) advises Alison to escape her injurious marriage. Left with no one for a punching bag, Jimmy romances Helena. Having … More

Rating: Unrated (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Nigel Kneale, John Osborne
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 11, 2001
MGM Home Entertainment



as Jimmy Porter

as Helena Charles

as Alison Porter

as Mrs. Tanner

as Cliff Lewis

as Col. Redfern

as Girl A.S.M.
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Critic Reviews for Look Back in Anger

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 29, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Though a trend setting film, with snappy play dialogue, well-acted and competently crafted, its depressing tone makes it a tough watch.

Full Review… | March 23, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The kitchen-sink drama that started a great period of British realism

August 17, 2006
Atlantic City Weekly

Burton scares grown adults.

March 13, 2006

Audience Reviews for Look Back in Anger


In spite of a sensational performance by Richard Burton the screen adaptation of Osborne's stage-play bogs down here and there. Still, Burton's fervor and zeal is reminiscent of what Brando was able to do in Streetcar.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Nothing special at all really. It was beautifully filmed though--especially that final scene. Richard Burton was as always great (despite the heavy-handed dialogue plopped upon him), Claire Bloom was gorgeous but all you're really in for is Richard Burton acting like a Grade-A asshole for about 2 hours. Story was kind of weak too, the more I think about it...

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

A british drama, said to be of the ?Kitchen Sink Drama? sub-genre. The film is based on a play and it shows it, it?s largely dialogue driven and could easily take place on one set. The film is mostly a character study about a young man who?s, well? angry. There are a lot of scenes of people yelling at each other, and the whole thing doesn?t really go anywhere. That said, the film has a real energy to it, the acting is fierce and it has a really raw stripped down look to it. I can?t say I?d love it in a vacuum, but it captured some kind working class anger of its time and I can see why it would become an iconic work.


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