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Brighton Rock (1947)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  December 1947 (UK)
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Pinkie Brown is a small-town hoodlum whose gang runs a protection racket based at Brighton race course. When Pinkie orders the murder of a rival, Fred, the police believe it to be suicide. ... See full summary »

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Pinkie Brown is a small-town hoodlum whose gang runs a protection racket based at Brighton race course. When Pinkie orders the murder of a rival, Fred, the police believe it to be suicide. This doesn't convince Ida Arnold, who was with Fred just before he died, and she sets out to find the truth. She comes across naive waitress Rose, who can prove that Fred was murdered. In an attempt to keep Rose quiet Pinkie marries her. But with his gang beginning to doubt his ability, and his rivals taking over his business, Pinkie starts to become more desperate and violent. Written by measham

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Grahma Greene's Shocking Thriller of the RAZOR GANGS!

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Crime | Drama

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December 1947 (UK)  »

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Brighton Rock  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$10,626 (USA) (19 June 2009)

Gross:

$223,887 (USA) (28 October 2011)
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Trivia

Brighton Borough Council refused permission for use of the race course because of the damage association with gang crime would do to the town's image (see the on-screen disclaimer at the start of the film). See more »

Goofs

When "Fred" is being chased through the town center of Brighton, and in order to evade his pursuers, he jumps on, then off, a double decker bus. The route number of the bus he jumps off is clearly different from the one he jumps on, as is the large advertisement along the side of the bus. See more »

Quotes

Pinkie Brown: [in a recording booth, making a disc for the doting, oblivious Rose] You wanted a recording of my voice, well here it is. What you want me to say is, 'I love you'. Well I don't. I hate you, you little slut...
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: Brighton today is a large, jolly, friendly seaside town in Sussex, exactly one hour's journey from London. But in the years between the two wars, behind the Regency terraces and crowded beaches, there was another Brighton of dark alleyways and festering slums. From here, the poison of crime and violence and gang warfare began to spread, until the challenge was taken up by the Police. This is a story of that other Brighton - now happily no more. See more »

Connections

Featured in Dangerous Edge: A Life of Graham Greene (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Overture from 'The Hebrides' (Fingal's Cave)
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Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played when Pinkie is talking to Rose when it starts to rain
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Great Britsh Noir
27 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just saw this picture courtesy of a local rental store which has a number of Btitish films otherwise not available. Wow!

Absolutely excellent in all departments. Attenborough gives a standout performance as Pinky and is surrounded by a sterling cast working at the same high level. The film is beautifully photographed in a way which gives texture to the story and reality to the characters. This must be one of the top British films of the Forties and can stand beside anything Hollywood was doing at the time (or any time for that matter.)

The script is credited to Graham Greene (based on his Novel) and, the unlikely seeming, Terence Rattigan (Separate Tables, Winslow Boy et al). Without knowing who contributed what to the final screenplay, I can say that it is a beautiful and coherent piece of work that has character development as well as terse and atmospheric dialog that keeps the viewer engrossed and the tension high.

Recommended (especially to fans of film noir)


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