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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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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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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 It was only when Richard Attenborough personally intervened and screened it for the union leaders that the ban was revoked.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 »

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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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