Brighton Rock (1947)

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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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Graham Greene's Shocking Thriller of the RAZOR GANGS!


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Release Date:

12 December 1947 (UK)  »

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Brighton Rock  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although Graham Greene detested the film's more upbeat ending that he helped craft in order to get past censorship restrictions, he had nothing but praise for Richard Attenborough's interpretation of Pinky. See more »


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 »


Pinkie Brown: [on the record he made earlier] You wanted a recording of my voice, well here it is. What you want me to say is 'I love you'...
Pinkie Brown: [the record - scratched when he tried to destroy it - suddenly jumps] ... I love you... I love you... I love you... I love you...
[Fin. Last lines]
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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 »


Referenced in Countdown: Episode #72.48 (2015) See more »


More Than Ever
by Leslie Julian Jones
Arranged by John Addison
Performed by Constance Smith (uncredited)
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young Richard Attenborough movie
20 January 2010 | by (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) – See all my reviews

Stunning film from England starring Richard Attenborough as small time crime boss Pinky Brown. I never knew he had it in him to play a role like this one. The rivalry between Pinky's gang and the bigger and more efficient one run by Colletti provides somewhat of a background story with a great scene at a racetrack where Colletti's boys are waving around straight razors, but the real story is Pinky's murder of one of his own guys on a beach front amusement park ride, the cover-up, how he tries to deal with Hermione Baddely and a sweet young waitress, and his dealings with the guys in his own gang, which are all done with incredible precision. How Pinky got so mean is an interesting question to ponder. So the character is evil but with intriguing depth, a tribute to writer Graham Greene who apparently thought him up, and the characterization by Attenborough is, IMHO, unequaled.

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