Room at the Top (1959)
as Joe Lampton
as Alice Aisgill
as Susan Brown
as Mr. Brown
as Charlie Soames
as Mrs. Brown
as Mr. Hoylake
as Jack Wales
as George Aisgill
as June Samson
as Miss Breith
as Miss Gilchrist
as Man at Bar
as Girl at Window
as High-stepping Girl
as Thespians member
as Uncle Nat
Critic Reviews for Room at the Top
One of the most important films in the history of British cinema.
Time has rained on its parade and it seems less daring when viewed today.
A seminal work that introduced the new British social realism tradition, this superbly acted film is an uncompromising indictment of the British class system; it launched the career of Jack Clayton, in his feature debut, as a new significant voice
Audience Reviews for Room at the Top
A man who doesn't define himself is trapped, attached by the forceful and heavy chains of what society decides is best for him. If he conceals or denies his true self, the rest of the world will be oblivious, knowing he is nothing more than just another puppet among the million they own. Incredibly brave and provoking character study.
A powerful, influential movie. The launch point of the British New Wave, "Room at the Top" is more conventionally made than many of the '60s "kitchen sink" films that followed in its wake, yet its emotional punch is as hard as any works of its genre. A great script, and great acting from top to bottom. Laurence Harvey is iconic as the cold, ruthless, ladder-climbing Joe Lampton, and Simone Signoret's performance as his mistreated lover won the Best Actress Oscar (though her secondary part isn't as central as typical roles that win the award).
Beautiful performance by Simone Signoret, completely deserving of the Oscar awarded, and perhaps a career best one from Laurence Harvey in this fine examination of naked ambition, wrong choices and the price paid for them.
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