Brighton Rock


Brighton Rock (1947)


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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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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (5)

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…
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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…

Based on Graham Greene's 1938 novel of the same name, and directed by John Boulting...this superb picture discloses with penetrating clarity an emotional street life teeming beneath the veneer of amusement park gaiety.

Jan 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Brighton Rock is a splendid bit of picture-making.

Oct 3, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Brighton Rock

Psychopathic gangster Pinkie Brown looks to put an end to suspicion above him, but seems cornered by his actions and his catholic guilt. British noir with arresting and moody visuals and well drawn characters, namely a young and fierce Richard Attenborough.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

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An enjoyable film, but the storyline is a little one-dimensional. I have to admit to loathing those weak women portrayed in these type of films, but is obviously a sign of it?s time. Enjoyed the ending.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

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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
Cindy I

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Excellent British Gangster classic. Richard Attenborough gives a fantastically menacing performance as mob leader Pinkie Brown, Carol Marsh is also good as the very innocent and naive Rose. A dark, suspenseful gangster thriller with sharp and clever dialogue to top it all off. Brighton Rock is an underrated classic.

Shauna Robinson
Shauna Robinson

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