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Look Back in Anger (1959)

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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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An electrifying adult experience... from the sensational play by John Osborne that shocked the world! See more »

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9 October 1959 (Italy)  »

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Paixão Proibida  »

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It was generally agreed that Richard Burton looked too old to play a 25-year-old. See more »

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Helena Charles: How was it?
Jimmy Porter: It was a funeral... no flowers, no word, no sign...
Helena Charles: What do you mean?
Jimmy Porter: I mean Alison... the injustice of it is about perfect - the wrong people going hungry, the wrong people being loved, the wrong people dying.
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Referenced in John Osborne and the Gift of Friendship (2006) See more »

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Oh Dear....
21 December 2007 | by (Sunny Sarasota FL) – See all my reviews

Sorry folks, but I lived through the London of the 50's and 60's and this is typical John Osborne overloading on venom. Of course it was a startling stage play in London used to the genteel works of Rattigan and Coward. Looking back now and seeing the total negativity of Osborne to all the success and plaudits he enjoyed in his long life it's obvious that he was NEVER happy or satisfied with the way his work was received and used his work to scream about it. Osborne treated his wives, friends and girlfriends very badly, always felt hard done by and I feel he always regretted NOT being a genuine working class hero. This film has dated horribly, Burton chews the scenery, Ure and Bloom are just pale feminine cyphers, the "real life" scenes in the street market and pub are hopeless, even Ure's family are stereotyped expat Brits from the days of the Raj.... Worth watching for the few street scenes of late 50's London before all the bomb sites and general scuzziness got "gentrified


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