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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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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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Rough, Tough, Deeply Moving

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29 July 1960 (Sweden)  »

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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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The prominent headline '66,000 fans see Chelsea and sigh' on the back of the newspapers held by Alfred Burke and Michael Craig refers to a match that took place on 2 September 1959 at Stamford Bridge between Chelsea and Manchester United. Richard Attenborough is a lifelong Chelsea fan and Life Vice-President of the club. The inclusion of the report of the 6-3 loss suffered by his team is likely to have been a joke at his expense. See more »

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Brilliant and deeply contentious
19 April 2006 | by (Derry, Ireland) – See all my reviews

This brilliant, deeply contentious film has largely been ignored over the years. It came out just as 'the kitchen sink' was kicking in and, although dealing with the working class, was very much an establishment film. It's right-wing and anti-Union and it quickly became very unfashionable to think highly of it. But dramatically, it's first-rate; it has the feel of those good BBC 'Plays for today' that came out in the sixties even if does leave a very bad taste in the mouth.

It's about a man sent to coventry for not supporting an unofficial strike. He's played by Richard Attenborough and it's a great piece of acting. As written, the character isn't developed in dramatic terms but Attenborough is wonderfully naturalistic. It's an intuitive performance; he gets inside the character's skin and thought processes. He's very moving.

There is very fine work, too, from Pier Angeli as his Italian wife. (Angeli was probably brought in to sell the film in America, and there's an easy-going, unforced quality to her acting that is very 'un-British'). And Bernard Lee is excellent as the dictatorial shop steward. The film also has an unfortunate Mephistopolean character in the form of an infiltrator. He's evil and cowardly and used in such a blatantly metaphorical way you can't be sure exactly what his purpose is. And being a political, Union bashing film you may feel uneasy watching it. But there are very fine. sustained dramatic sequences, too and it is utterly unsentimental.


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