The Man in the White Suit (2012)




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Sidney Stratton (Alec Guinness) has a dream: to develop a fabric that never gets dirty and never wears out. His textile mill bosses discover his secret experiments and initially ban him from their laboratories. But when Daphne (Joan Greenwood) comes to understand what Sidney is trying to do, she convinces her father, Mr. Birnley (Cecil Parker), that developing Sidney's fabric would be great for business...and mankind. Little do they know that they will spark an uprising, not only among the … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Roger MacDougall, John Dighton, Alexander Mackendrick, Alexander Mckendrick
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 10, 2002
Box Office: $3.9k
Universal Pictures


as Sidney Stratton

as Daphne Birnley

as Alan Birnley

as Michael Corland

as Sir John Kierlaw

as Bertha

as Wilkins

as Miss Johnson

as Green/Roberts

as Harrison

as Night Watchman

as Mrs. Watson

as Gladdie

as Knudsen

as Mannering

as Fotheringay

as The Lodger

as First Company Direct...

as Express Reporter

as Taxi Driver

as Nurse Gamage
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Critic Reviews for The Man in the White Suit

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | February 12, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

That Stratton proves so unable to resist his hubris surely provides the film with a cautionary subtext, but this is beautifully complicated by an ending that denies the possibility of rehabilitation.

Full Review… | November 10, 2012
Slant Magazine

Clever and witty, this Oscar-nominated British comedy displays the talents of Alec Guinness long before he became an international star with Bridge on the River Kwai.

Full Review… | July 16, 2012

Audience Reviews for The Man in the White Suit


"Man in the White Suit" is perhaps, along with "Kind Hearts and Coronets," the pinnacle of the Ealing film. It's a very sophisticated and subtle comedy/farce that takes a dig at a number of the cultural institutions that characterise northern England. It's not so much a satire directed at capitalism but an opprobrium of the suspicious relationship between capital and labour and the broader unworkable relationship of commercial achievement with scientific progress. The success of the film resides in the subtlety with which these issues are explored and the even-handedness by which they are dealt with. At a more basic level the film is an excellent example of a farce as the frustration, misinterpretation and exaggerated comedy are delivered with a breath-taking pace. Very well written, even better direction and uniformly spot-on performances make this one of the great British films of the 1950s.

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer


Another great Ealing Comedy, with the star of the studio, Alec Guiness always teriffic in the productions. Not as great as previoious ealing productions, such as Kind Hearts and Coronets, but still a must see, for British comedy and Ealing fans.

Jeremy Smith

Super Reviewer

Gently amusing satire of capitalist corporations, probably before the term had even been invented. I'm not the biggest fan of Ealing, but it's light comedy with a brain.

xGary Xx

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