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Look Back in Anger (1959)

Approved | | Drama | 9 October 1959 (Italy)
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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The story that peels bare the raging emotions of today's angry young generation! See more »

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9 October 1959 (Italy)  »

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Paixão Proibida  »

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£250,000 (estimated)
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Producer Harry Saltzman was an avid fan of the play. He urged John Osborne and Tony Richardson to set up Woodfall films with a remit to make realistic homegrown movies. Look Back in Anger (1959) was their first production. See more »

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Helena Charles: Sorry he's gone.
Jimmy Porter: So am I. He's sloppy and irritating but he's got a good heart, you can forgive someone almost anything for that.
Helena Charles: I love you.
Jimmy Porter: Perhaps you do, perhaps it means something to have your General lie back in your arms though he's heartily sick of the whole campaign. Tired, hungry and dry.
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Spoofed in Ed Wood: Look Back in Angora (1994) See more »

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Onward Christian Soldiers
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Music by Arthur Sullivan
Played by the Salvation Army Band
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Depressing
27 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

Oh, what a depressing movie! A product of the Angry Young Man school of filmmaking in Britain, it is Burton who unleashes his wrath in this one. He's college-educated but works as a street vendor. Yes, that would make one bitter but does not really explain his anger with the whole world and his mistreatment of his wife. It would be an understatement to say that Burton is bombastic; he chews the scenery to bits. Faring better are Ure as his wife and Raymond as his friend and business partner. Bloom is lovely as Ure's friend, someone who inexplicably is attracted to Burton the brute. Richardson's directorial debut is disappointing.


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