Brighton Rock (1947)
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Average Rating: 7/10
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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
Nov 7, 1947 Wide
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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.
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.
A seedy noir, equal parts concealed-camera atmosphere and tense set pieces.
This tends to prove that Britain can turn out a gangster picture as brutal as any Hollywood had devised.
Brighton Rock is a classic example of filmmaking that remains hugely accessible despite its age...
As brassy, boozy, and blonde entertainer Ida Arnold, [Hermione Baddeley] is a blast of smoky and stale music-hall air.
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.
Attenborough's Pinky is ... one of the scariest noir villains of all time.
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.
Brighton Rock takes the US noir thriller formula and blends it with a striking vision of the British seaside town in the 1930s.
Brighton Rock is worth another viewing simply as a reminder that gangster films are meant to be unsettling.
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.
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