Look Back in Anger (1958)
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as Jimmy Porter
as Helena Charles
as Alison Porter
as Mrs. Tanner
as Cliff Lewis
as Col. Redfern
as Girl A.S.M.
as Mrs. Redfern
Critic Reviews for Look Back in Anger
There's no doubt that Richard Burton gives some firepower to those famous rant speeches, arias of self-hate and rage that might otherwise be overpoweringly shrill and petulant.
Tony Richardson, directing his first feature, has given it a tough, vital style which represents something new in British cinema.
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.
Though a trend setting film, with snappy play dialogue, well-acted and competently crafted, its depressing tone makes it a tough watch.
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.
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.
Has to be one of my favourites. Burton's performance is just amazing.
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