The Angry Silence (1960)

 |  Drama  |  29 July 1960 (Sweden)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Curtis
Michael Craig ...
Joe Wallace
Bert Connolly
Alfred Burke ...
Penelope Horner ...
Michael Wynne ...
Norman Bird ...
Gerald Sim ...
Brian Bedford ...
David Jarrett ...
Geoffrey Keen ...
Noel Hood ...
Miss Bennett


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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Release Date:

29 July 1960 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Amargo silencio  »

Box Office


£98,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Being an anti-trades union film, this was initially banned in Wales where the cinema chains were controlled by the miners' unions. It was only when Richard Attenborough personally intervened and screened it for the union leaders that the ban was revoked. See more »


Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2015) See more »


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excellent kitchen sink drama from a bye-gone age
30 January 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

to anyone who lived through these times and these types of factory settings this film resonates.

The Burke character of the communist agitator invokes criticism of left bashing but anyone who had experience of the British motor/engineering industry in these times knows that it is much closer to the truth than many people want to believe.

However to those that think the film has right wing bias you only have to look at how the useless fat cat directors are portrayed (having no knowledge of the business they are taking large salaries from), hardly an advertisement of capitalism. Plus even the "sympathetic" management end up not supporting the worker who supported them, as bad as the agitator in their own way.

Good performances all round, outstanding from Richard Attenborough, Pier Angeli, an unusually good turn by Michael Craig and dependable Bernard Lee as the dim union man manipulated easily by the agitator.

A style of film-making gone now but interesting social commentary of the times. Recommended for social historians and affectionados of good acting.

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