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Brighton Rock

Brighton Rock (1947)

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100

Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 0

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Movie Info

This unsparing, brutal look at the British criminal underbelly stars Richard Attenborough as Pinkie Brown, a pock-marked gang leader. While leading his men in a racetrack robbery, Pinkie kills a man. He convinces pretty waitress Rose (Carol Marsh) to provide him with an alibi, promising to marry her in exchange. After the wedding, the sociopathic Pinkie conducts a slow and careful campaign to drive his young wife to suicide. A moody, well-acted film with a stunning performance by the 24-year-old

Unrated,

Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Terence Rattigan

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Anyone interested after seeing this film [the 2011 version] should go straight to the 1947 original and the uncanny way in which the steadily decent and amiable Attenborough was so scary.

June 24, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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The future Lord Dickie's sinister stylings are what linger, especially the vitriolic audio recording he makes for his betrothed, done as if damnation were the most casual of enterprises.

June 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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A seedy noir, equal parts concealed-camera atmosphere and tense set pieces.

June 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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This tends to prove that Britain can turn out a gangster picture as brutal as any Hollywood had devised.

November 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Brighton Rock is a classic example of filmmaking that remains hugely accessible despite its age...

February 28, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

As brassy, boozy, and blonde entertainer Ida Arnold, [Hermione Baddeley] is a blast of smoky and stale music-hall air.

June 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

A brutal look at the British underworld -- as seen through the amoral eyes of teenaged thug Pinkie Brown, played brilliantly by the 24 year-old Attenborough.

June 17, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

nuanced and subtle

June 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Attenborough's Pinky is ... one of the scariest noir villains of all time.

April 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

Director John Boulting brings the fabled Greeneland, that vile landscape ripened on sin and betrayal at the black heart of all his novels, to sensuous life.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Brighton Rock takes the US noir thriller formula and blends it with a striking vision of the British seaside town in the 1930s.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Brighton Rock is worth another viewing simply as a reminder that gangster films are meant to be unsettling.

May 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

John Boulting's adaptation of Graham Greene's classic novel stakes its claim as one of the darkest films ever to be made on these shores.

May 20, 2002 Full Review Source: BBC

If you have any kind of feel for noir films, this one is in the don't miss category.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Brighton Rock

Psychopathic gangster Pinkie Brown looks to put an end to suspicion above him, but seems cornered by his actions and his catholic guilt. British noir with arresting and moody visuals and well drawn characters, namely a young and fierce Richard Attenborough.
November 23, 2013
pier007

Super Reviewer

An enjoyable film, but the storyline is a little one-dimensional. I have to admit to loathing those weak women portrayed in these type of films, but is obviously a sign of it?s time. Enjoyed the ending.
October 29, 2009
76Majikat

Super Reviewer

A great film but I?ve always had issues with the ending. I always thought we shouldn't have ever heard Pinkie in the voice recording booth but should have found out what he said at the end. Still, that aside, the film is fantastic as are the cast but its Attenborough who steals the show as Pinkie, a villain who's up there with Al Capone, Jaws and Satan!
October 1, 2009
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Well-done Brit gangster flick in the style of Little Caesar and Public Enemy. Richard Attenborough is creepy as hell as the cold-blooded sociopath Pinky who lets a smitten waitress in on that he killed someone and then marries her so she can't rat on him. Attenborough will chill your spine with his performance -- brilliant move on his part to have his character NEVER blink -- and Hermione Baddeley is fun as the woman who was last with the man who is said to have committed suicide but she believes Pinky hit. This is my first Brit gangster film, and I'll have to seek out more them.
August 8, 2009
webalina

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