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Brilliant but tormented bomb expert Sammy Rice (David Farrar) works for the British government during World War II. Army captain Dick Stuart (Michael Gough) drafts him into a secret project concerning a new small land mine that German planes have been dropping over England's beaches. But despite the ministrations of his faithful assistant and girlfriend, Susan (Kathleen Byron), Rice's increasingly problematic alcoholism and a recent injury threaten his ability to work.

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David Farrar
Sammy Rice
Jack Hawkins
R.B. Waring
Michael Gough
Capt. Dick Stuart
Leslie Banks
Col. A.K. Holland
Robert Morley
The Minister
Cyril Cusack
Cpl. Taylor
Renée Asherson
A.T.S. corporal
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Critic Reviews for The Small Back Room

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Audience Reviews for The Small Back Room

  • Sep 28, 2018
    Perhaps a movie too adult for the movies, this one involves the men who toil in secret to diffuse enemy science threats during WW2. In particular is one employee, a natural born leader who doubts himself, who suffers as he had his foot blown off during the war, who when unable to procure the dope to dull the pain subsitutes whiskey. And he's in love with the secretary at the office. As I said, all of this is played as maturely as possible and the work surprises because of it. This is a dour work, but good.
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  • May 24, 2010
    [font=Century Gothic][color=seagreen]"The Small Back Room" is about the problems and work of a weapons researcher in London in the spring of 1943. While battling alcohol because of a crippling injury, he is investigating booby trapped bombs that the Germans are dropping all over England and advising on a new gun. The movie is lacking slightly in plot, but it makes up for it in characterisation, performances and beautiful camerawork. The film's climax and a hallucinatory sequence are definite highlights. I also liked that it is a movie about wartime that is just as much about saving lives and finding a reason to live, as much as anything else.[/color][/font] [font=Century Gothic][color=#2e8b57][/color][/font] [font=Century Gothic][color=#2e8b57]"The Small Back Room" is written and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. They would also collaborate on other interesting movies of the period including "The Red Shoes", "Stairway to Heaven/A Matter of Life and Death", "I Know Where I'm Going" and "Black Narcissus."[/color][/font]
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