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The Angry Silence (1960)

A young factory worker decides to stand up against his work-mates and fellow union members when they want to hold a wildcat strike.

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Bert Connolly
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Eddie Barrett
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The right of every individual to be different from his fellow men is the theme behind this internationally-hailed, British production. The story tells of a man's dilemma when he refused to participate in an unofficial strike, where he works. While vicious, calculated violence brings the other dissenters into line, he goes it alone and is sent to Coventry (given the silent treatment) by his fellow workers. A stirring, thought-provoking film that portrays the human problems and high emotions generated when a man dares to act on the courage of his convictions and dares fight to keep his individual freedom. Written by alfiehitchie

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First Prize-Winner International Film Critics Award See more »

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29 July 1960 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Amargo silencio  »

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£98,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Attenborough (Tom Curtis) and Gerald Sim (Masters) were brothers-in-law in real life. Attenborough was married to Sim's elder sister Sheila Sim from 1945 until his death in 2014. See more »

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Featured in Film Review: Richard Attenborough (1968) See more »

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Arranged by Pat Dodd
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A minor classic
1 July 2003 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews

This film doesn't seem to be very well known but it has a lot to offer.

I've seen 50s/60s comedies based around factories but I can't remember many serious dramas like this. The plot holds few surprises but that leaves plenty of room for us to judge the acting, and I'd say it's consistently good. Richard Attenborough and Pier Angeli are a great combination as the young married couple - it's a shame Pier made so few films in English.

A lot of scriptwriters could do worse than watch this film and learn its lessons about how to tell a story in 90 minutes. And this is a good film for classroom use - leads nicely into a discussion of peer pressure and bullying.


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