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A film ahead of its time in showing male affection.
bullboor20 February 2002
The release date on the film is given as 1947 but I'm certain I saw it in 1946 aboard a Navy ship returning from service in the Pacific in World War II, and its title then was "The Smugglers." The cast was uncommonly fine (look at the list!)and the acting excellent in a very good Graham Greene story. What struck me was the intensity of the bond between the boy (Attenborough) and his guardian (Redgrave) whom he loves but, as I recall, betrays and brings to his death. There were few such representations on film in those days--I remember the friendship between Paris and Drake in "King's Row" and between George and Lennie in "Of Mice and Men," but not much else. Few people seem to know "The Man Within." That's a pity. It's an uncommonly good film.
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an early Redgrave/Attenborough work, highly recommended!
ivantee29 May 1999
This is an astounding study of misanthropy: Attenborough plays a weak, snivelling pup who is befriended, educated and protected by Redgrave--a father-figure--who happens to be a criminal (a smuggler); There are some similarities to "The Informer" here; the movie, incidentally, takes its title from (I think) a poem, with the line: "There is a man within me/ that's angry with me." Incidentally, I saw this film when it first was released in this country; I guess I was about 16, and it was one of the first "foreign" films I'd ever seen...and I guess it made quite an impression on me, because that was fifty years ago.
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How Could He Resist The Charms Of Jean Kent
malcolmgsw28 June 2014
This film is virtually unknown.I can never recall it showing on TV in the UK and it is not available on DVD>It is an interesting film with an exceptional cast.However most of the film seems to consist of Richard Attenborough being flogged,tortured or threatened.not surprisingly his most oft used line is "I hate him".Furthermore when offered the ample charms of Jean Kent he resists her and flees back to Joan Greenwood who is afflicted with an awful French accent.There is some very good technicolour camera-work.However it is clear that this film must have got lost in the rush of costume dramas coming out of Gainsborough Studios.It doesn't deserve to be forgotten.
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The smuggler and the snitch
Alex da Silva5 February 2018
Richard Attenborough (Andrews) is getting tortured at the beginning of the film. He recounts his tale to his torturers who are after the lowdown on top smuggler Michael Redgrave (Carlyon). Dickie was taken under the wing of Redgrave at a young age and put on the boats to assist Redgrave in his activities and make a man of the friendless youngster. Well, he remains friendless throughout the film. He's not popular and he's a grass. Everyone is after him.

Surprisingly, this is a colour film and has a very worn look about it, ie, the colours run and this adds to the charm. Unfortunately, the picture quality isn't very good - it's actually very poor in places. Still, it's watchable and the story is good. Looks like Redgrave is not a man to be messed with. He WILL find you.

The film has a strange message and is no way a blueprint for anyone who wants to enter a life of gangster glamour. If you act like Dickie you are a dead man.
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Yes the Novel Does Quote the Hater Within
carryonpompei6 September 2008
Actually I haven't seen the film. I've just finished reading The Man Within, which is complicated and powerful. I wanted to see if it had been filmed. Greene was after all a film fan and screenwriter as well as a hugely successful novelist.

Yes, the flyleaf quotes Browne: "There's another man within me that's angry with me." A lot of Greene's novels were filmed, including The Third Man, The Heart of the Matter, and The End of the Affair. I think novelists deserve hugely more credit than they get for successful adaptations.

Yes I know this post is slightly off-point.
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Wonderful moving story
I as astonished by this woderful Brtitish movie that I did not know at all. I first believed that there was Margaret Lockwood in it. It could have been...Dick Attenborough is absolutely outstanding in this powerful adventure drama which made me think of a sort of mix up of MONFLEET and HIGH WIND IN JAMAICA, also adventures with childhood and pirates. I particularly appreciated Michael Redgrave's character and his Relationship with the young Attenborough. A typical British movie from this era. Such a shame that it was not better released all over the world. Such a shame. I am sure there are many others like this one hidden in the vaults.
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