Look Back in Anger (1958)




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Archetypal British "angry young man" Jimmy Porter (Richard Burton) is a college-educated bloke who can't seem to get any better job than working in a candy store. Jimmy's relationship with his wife Alison (Mary Ure) alternates between hugs and kisses when he's feeling good and verbal abuse when he's down on himself, which is often. Alison's best friend Helena Charles (Claire Bloom) advises Alison to escape her injurious marriage. Left with no one for a punching bag, Jimmy romances Helena. Having suffered a miscarriage, Alison returns, and Helena walks out of Jimmy's life. In keeping with its depiction of the dead-end existence of most of England's working poor in the late 1950s, nothing is truly resolved in Look Back in Anger. Playwright John Osborne (at that time married to Mary Ure) uses Jimmy Porter as a spokesman for Osborne's own spleen-venting harangues against the British government and class system. Not only did Look Back in Anger spawn a new genre of British social-protest films, but it also inspired two remakes, both filmed for television. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
NR (adult situations/language)
Art House & International , Classics , Drama
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Richard Burton
as Jimmy Porter
Claire Bloom
as Helena Charles
Mary Ure
as Alison Porter
Edith Evans
as Mrs. Tanner
Gary Raymond
as Cliff Lewis
Glen Byam Shaw
as Col. Redfern
George Devine
as Doctor
Walter Hudd
as Actor
Ann Dickins
as Girl A.S.M.
Phyllis Neilson-Terry
as Mrs. Redfern
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Critic Reviews for Look Back in Anger

All Critics (9)

Richard Burton's playing is forcefully intelligent, Claire Bloom's unexpectedly sharp-edged, and Gary Raymond's easily relaxed. All in all, from "the best young play of its generation" has invigoratingly come the best young film of our generation.

Full Review… | February 16, 2016
Monthly Film Bulletin

Though a trend setting film, with snappy play dialogue, well-acted and competently crafted, its depressing tone makes it a tough watch.

Full Review… | March 23, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The kitchen-sink drama that started a great period of British realism

August 17, 2006
Atlantic City Weekly

Burton scares grown adults.

March 13, 2006

As belas performances (especialmente de Burton) e a opressora fotografia são os principais atrativos do filme, que, graças aos seus personagens neuróticos e deprimentes, torna-se uma experiência nada agradável.

August 18, 2003
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July 5, 2005

Audience Reviews for Look Back in Anger


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 Streetcar.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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.


Super Reviewer

Has to be one of my favourites. Burton's performance is just amazing.

Emily B.
Emily B.

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