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In Northern England, frustrated college dropout Jimmy Porter (Richard Burton) plays music at a jazz club at night and by day works at a candy stall with partner Cliff Lewis (Gary Raymond), who lives with Jimmy and his wife, Alison (Mary Ure). Embittered by the strictures of working-class life, Jimmy constantly insults Alison, whose family is upper class. When Alison invites her best friend, self-assured Helena (Claire Bloom), to stay with them, Jimmy's grievances threaten to boil over.

Cast & Crew

Richard Burton
Jimmy Porter
Claire Bloom
Helena Charles
Edith Evans
Mrs. Tanner
Mary Ure
Alison Porter
Gary Raymond
Cliff Lewis
Glen Byam Shaw
Colonel Redfern
John Addison
Original Music
Chris Barber
Original Music
Tom Eastwood
Original Songs
Oswald Morris
Cinematographer
Richard Best
Film Editor
Peter Glazier
Art Direction
Jocelyn Rickards
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Critic Reviews for Look Back in Anger

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Audience Reviews for Look Back in Anger

  • Jan 31, 2009
    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 <i>Streetcar</i>.
    Randy T Super Reviewer
  • Dec 22, 2008
    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.
    MJS M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 14, 2008
    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 G Super Reviewer
  • Feb 06, 2008
    Has to be one of my favourites. Burton's performance is just amazing.
    Emily B Super Reviewer

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