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Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

A rebellious, hard-living factory worker juggles relationships with two women, one of whom is married to another man but pregnant with his child.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hylda Baker ...
Aunt Ada
Bryan Pringle ...
Robert Cawdron ...
Edna Morris ...
Mrs. Bull
Elsie Wagstaff ...
Mrs. Seaton (as Elsie Wagstaffe)
Frank Pettitt ...
Mr. Seaton
Avis Bunnage ...
Blousy Woman
Loudmouth (as Colin Blakeley)
Irene Richmond ...
Doreen's Mother
Louise Dunn ...
Anne Blake ...
Civil Defence Officer


Arthur, one of Britain's angry young men of the 1960s, is a hardworking factory worker who slaves all week at his mindless job for his modest wages. Come Saturday night, he's off to the pub for a loud and rowdy beer session. With him is Brenda, his girlfriend of the moment. Married to a fellow worker, she is nonetheless captivated by his rugged good looks and his devil-may-care attitude. Soon a new love interest Doreen enters and a week later, Brenda announces she's pregnant. She tells Arthur she needs money for an abortion, and Arthur promises to pay for it. By this time, his relationship with Doreen has ripened and Brenda, hearing of it, confronts him. He denies everything, but it's obvious that their affair is all but over. Written by alfiehitchie

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Release Date:

3 April 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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£100,000 (estimated)

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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On exiting on the first date at the movies, there is a poster of "Pillow Talk" with Rock Hudson. See more »


[first lines]
Arthur Seaton: Nine hundred and fifty four, nine hundred and fifty bloody five. Another few more and that's the lot for a Friday.
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Matching the mood of the times, this film transformed British cinema and was much imitated...
6 September 2005 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

English history has been full of rebel heroes but the screen tradition really came to fruition during the late Fifties and early Sixties when England's postwar generation was in revolt…

In the theater, this revolt took the form of the "kitchen sink drama" and the era of the Angry Young Men… In the movie industry, it was the era of "Free Cinema," an attempt by young filmmakers to break away from established subjects and standard treatments…

This raw melodrama deals with Arthur Seaton (Finney), a working class young man who rejects the misery and grind of his home and factory, but whose only possible rebellion takes the form of a cynicism towards authority and a cheerful indulgence in sexual encounters with various ladies of the town… His rebellion, though limited, is nevertheless genuine and the film's situation in a working class milieu is, for the habitually middle and upper class conscious British cinema, a much needed step forward...

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