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Brighton Rock (1947)

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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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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

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$223,887 (USA) (28 October 2011)
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Graham Greene wrote Richard Attenborough a letter after seeing the film, praising his performance as Pinkie. Attenborough kept the letter for the rest of his life. See more »

Goofs

As Fred Hale (Alan Wheatley) makes his abortive run away from Pinkie's gang to the railway station in the centre of Brighton, when he sees his way blocked he turns and catches a number 40 bus leaving from the bus stand. The next shot shows the bus leaving - except that it's now a number 6. See more »

Quotes

Ida: Now listen, dear. I'm human, I've loved a boy or two in my time. It's natural, like breathin'. Not one of them's worth it, let alone this fellow you've got hold of.
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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 »

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Referenced in Arrested Development: Mr. F (2005) 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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Top notch gangster film British style
10 October 2004 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I hope this film is remembered for all time as it is an incredible piece of film-making. Excellent script, suspense and a wonderful performance by Richard Attenborough as the ruthless and emotionless gang leader Pinky.

Despite Brighton being known for its family orientated beaches, entertainment and pier, we see a very dark and disturbing side to this relaxed holiday town. There is a sinister feel throughout and is shot and edited very well. It was a bit hard to understand some of the dialogue at times but this did not matter as it captivates and draws you in for the duration.

I recommend it highly.


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