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It Always Rains on Sunday

It Always Rains on Sunday (1947)

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89

Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 1

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audience

63

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 178

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After the war, British films began avoiding the heiresses and lordships that had dominated the drama field and began pursuing "realism" -- which often was just as artificial as the earlier white-telephone pictures. John McCallum plays Tommy Swann, a product of the working class who tries to better himself by becoming a criminal. Escaping from prison, Swann hides out in the East London home of his former mistress Rose (Googie Withers), who has since married George Sandigate (Edward Chapman). The

Unrated,

Drama

Henry Cornelius, Robert Hamer

Rialto Pictures

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (1)

Hamer's artful and iconoclastic film mixes a day in the life of a working-class family with a startling prison-break melodrama.

March 26, 2012 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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A resolutely downbeat - remarkably so for Ealing Studios - account of a day in the life of Bethnal Green...

November 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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This is a mostly forgotten gem.

January 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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A real gem.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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[Hamer] shows a fluency with noir's shadowy visual vocabulary, but what really links this to the genre is its sense of haunting regret and lost opportunity.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Offers some nicely authentic backgrounds, an expert performance by Googie Withers and a breathtaking finale. But the net effect is disappointing.

May 6, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times
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This saga of interconnecting lives is one of Ealing's more successful non-comedies.

October 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

A film as good as, and arguably better than, anything comparable being made at the time on the continent or in the States.

October 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

A breathtaking melange of romance and crime drama. A British classic.

October 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

A terrific sense of atmospheric foreboding is contributed by Douglas Slocombe's noirish cinematography and Georges Auric's fate-filled score.

October 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

The drama is managed without condescension and with enormous skill.

October 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Depicts a drab, austerity-era East London of pinched lives and petty crime.

October 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

The emotions, atmosphere and humour still ring true...

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Audience Reviews for It Always Rains on Sunday

a nearly forgotten postwar noir from ealing studios; a rich slice of lower class life in london's east end. googie withers plays a tough housewife, settled in with older husband and stepkids, whose sense of adventure is rekindled when her lost lover escapes from prison and turns up on her doorstep. lovely grimy desperation ensues. considered a precursor to kitchen sink dramas of 60s british cinema. this was my first experience with amazon on demand, good quality and if they keep turning up gems like this it won't be the last
February 11, 2011
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Stella Dallas

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[font=Century Gothic]"It Always Rains on Sunday" is a movie that is impressive, complex and ahead of its time in depicting the citizens of an East End London neighborhood in a series of interlocking tales during a single day.(For example, one of the families portrayed is Jewish but they are not stereotypes.) This is a working class neighborhood where the people work hard during the week but their one day of rest, Sunday, when they would like to get out and about, it rains which is symbolic of their entire situation. So to escape, they go to the market, the cinema, the pubs, the fights or a nightclub. At the same time, some are desperate enough to resort to crime which even though it is occasionally violent, is usually theft-related but it never pays. A trio of hapless burglars attempt to break into a safe but only manage to steal 144 pairs of roller skates. Another thief, Tommy Swann(John McCallum), has just escaped from Dartmoor leading Detective Sergeant Fothergill(Jack Warner) to see if any of his old friends might know where he is hiding. One person he talks to is Rose Sandigate(Googie Withers) who used to be involved with Tommy but is now married to George(Edward Chapman), 15 years her senior.[/font]
March 10, 2008
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Walter M.

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