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Look Back in Anger (1989)

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Made for British television, 1989's Look Back in Anger is the third film adaptation of John Osborne's legendary "kitchen sink" stage drama. Kenneth Branagh plays working-class roisterer Jimmy Porter, the archetypal "angry young man" whose college education has led nowhere. Stuck in a go-nowhere job at a candy store, Porter rebels against the establishment through his boorish treatment of his wife (Emma Thompson) and mistress (Siobhan Redmond). Branagh's forceful performance allows us to ignore the structural shortcomings inherent in the play (Osborne writes in fluent tract). Earlier filmizations of Look Back in Anger starred Richard Burton and Malcolm McDowell.

Cast

Kenneth Branagh
as Jimmy Porter
Emma Thompson
as Alison Porter
Gerard Horan
as Cliff Lewis
Siobhan Redmond
as Helena Charles
Edward Jewesbury
as Colonel Redfern

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An unimpressive remake of a classic with a less-than likable cast. I wonder when will studios realize that the classic films made between the 50s and 70s were made by legendary actors whose talents are unmatchable.

Lilly zz
Lilly zz
½

[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/coverv/50/248250.jpg[/img]Made for British television, 1989's Look Back in Anger is the third film adaptation of John Osborne's legendary "kitchen sink" stage drama. Kenneth Branagh plays working-class roisterer Jimmy Porter, the archetypal "angry young man" whose college education has led nowhere. Stuck in a go-nowhere job at a candy store, Porter rebels against the establishment through his boorish treatment of his wife (Emma Thompson) and mistress (Siobhan Redmond). Branagh's forceful performance allows us to ignore the structural shortcomings inherent in the play (Osborne writes in fluent tract). [b][font=Trebuchet MS][size=3]I was not at all impressed with this one. I've never even heard of the play before, although it's considered by some one of the more "important plays of the century" and there's been several film adaptations (including the 1959 one with Richard Burton). The performances are fine, of course since the actors are top notch, especially Emma Thompson. I just found the lead charactor (Jimmy Porter) really repulsive, whiney and obnoxious. All the other charactors seem quite weak. The whole story takes place in one tiny apartment that seems to have only one room. It's just one long rant after another & I was bored stiff watching it.[/size][/font][/b]

Bobbie Murphy
Bobbie Murphy
½

This is a filmed play, and very very heavy going, extremely talky and depressing. The 1959 film version is much easier to sit through and a much finer and more entertaining version. The cast is great, but I am not much of a fan of plays or filmed plays.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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