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Look Back in Anger (1959)

 -  Drama  -  9 October 1959 (Italy)
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A disillusioned, angry university graduate comes to terms with his grudge against middle-class life and values.

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Jimmy Porter is a loud, obnoxious man, rude and verbally abusive to his wife, Alison. Alison comes from an upper class family that Jimmy abhors and he berates Alison for being too reserved and unfeeling. Jimmy is college educated but works with a partner, Cliff Lewis, as a street vendor operating a candy stall. Cliff lives with Jimmy and Alison and is close friends with both. When Jimmy pushes Alison while she is at the ironing board she is burned. Alison visits her doctor where it is revealed that she is pregnant. She asks him if it is too late to do something about it but the doctor immediately tells her never to mention such an idea. When Jimmy leaves for work, Alison confides to Cliff that she is pregnant. She is frightened of Jimmy's reaction to this news, and has not told him. Jimmy is visited by his childhood nanny, Mrs. Tanner, whom Jimmy loves and calls "Mom." Alison tries to tell Jimmy of the pregnancy but is frustrated when Jimmy insults her for being cool towards Mrs. ... Written by Anonymous

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John Osborne and Mary Ure were later married. See more »

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Helena Charles: You're hurt because everything's changed and Jimmy's hurt because everything's stayed the same. Something's gone wrong somewhere hasn't it.
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Burton is Electrifying!
5 March 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This film is powerful! The acting, writing, direction all superb! Richard Burton can deliver lines on-screen like no other actor. A "how-to" film in film-making.

Claire Bloom sizzles with Burton, you can feel the passion and desire on the screen. His friendship with his Welsh room mate is touching and serves as an anchor for the plot. Tension is always present and the attitudes of the time are perfectly portrayed. His relationship with his wife is interesting in his domineering, passionate and fiery temperament, as only Burton can render it. Today the only word that would be used to describe Burton's behaviour would be "abusive", but there was a reason for this, as Ma Tanner's death would later show.

Jimmy Porter, as played by Burton, seems like an irascible creature but there are many good points in his character. Anger is not a "dirty word" in this movie as it would be portrayed in today's films. Society then would try to understand other peoples' foibles by trying to ascertain the underlying root cause.

We could learn a lot from this movie today. A "must see" for any intelligent audience. A tremendous film portrayal! Worth owning!


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