Brighton Rock

1947

Brighton Rock

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Pinky, the psychotic, razor-toting gang leader, romances and marries a teenage waitress in order to keep her silent about one of his nefarious crimes.

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  • Anyone interested after seeing this film [the 2011 version] should go straight to the 1947 original and the uncanny way in which the steadily decent and amiable Attenborough was so scary.

    Jun 24, 2013 | Full Review…
  • A seedy noir, equal parts concealed-camera atmosphere and tense set pieces.

    Jun 16, 2009 | Full Review…
  • This tends to prove that Britain can turn out a gangster picture as brutal as any Hollywood had devised.

    Nov 20, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
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  • Brighton Rock is worth another viewing simply as a reminder that gangster films are meant to be unsettling.

    May 26, 2002 | Full Review…

    Jake Arnott

    Guardian
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  • John Boulting's adaptation of Graham Greene's classic novel stakes its claim as one of the darkest films ever to be made on these shores.

    May 20, 2002 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    Jamie Russell

    BBC.com
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  • Brighton Rock is disappointing and difficult to follow. Those who have not read the book will be completely at sea, and those who have will be irritated at the tricks played with a superb story.

    Jan 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Brighton Rock

  • Jan 09, 2010
    Not as good as I thought it would be
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2009
    good old fashioned gangster reel with an english mob and some italians vying for territory. richard attenborough is the dogs meat n' two veg as pinky
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Sep 01, 2009
    "Brighton Rock" starts with gangster Pinkie Brown(Richard Attenborough) hearing that Fred Hale(Alan Wheatley), a reporter responsible for outing a member of his gang and therefore getting him killed, is back in town. Pinkie and his guys corner him in a bar which leads to a chase through Brighton, eventually leading to the pier where Fred attaches himself to Ida(Hermione Baddeley), a boozy chanteuse, for safety. But in the time he loses her, Pinkie finds him and finishes the job. Even though the police do not suspect foul play, Pinkie cannot rest easily, making the acquaintance of Rose(Carol Marsh), a young waitress, to perfect the alibi. "Brighton Rock" is an atmospheric thriller that is helped by a superb performance from Richard Attenborough as a gangster struggling to hold onto his turf between the wars. As the opening statement says, this was a period of high crime in Brighton that existed until the police stepped in. And as one policeman tells Pinkie, he does not care that the criminals kill each other but will intervene when innocent bystanders are threatened. As one, Rose is rather naive but she is only seventeen, about the same age of Pinkie, and has little knowledge of the way the world works. In contrast, Ida is older and wiser and cannot be easily fooled, running her own investigation. So, in the end, crime goes down once the citizens take control of the city, making Brighton a safer, if more boring city.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 08, 2009
    Well-done Brit gangster flick in the style of Little Caesar and Public Enemy. Richard Attenborough is creepy as hell as the cold-blooded sociopath Pinky who lets a smitten waitress in on that he killed someone and then marries her so she can't rat on him. Attenborough will chill your spine with his performance -- brilliant move on his part to have his character NEVER blink -- and Hermione Baddeley is fun as the woman who was last with the man who is said to have committed suicide but she believes Pinky hit. This is my first Brit gangster film, and I'll have to seek out more them.
    Cindy I Super Reviewer

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