Look Back in Anger

1958, Drama, 1h 39m

13 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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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.

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  • 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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