An adaptation of Graham Greene's classic novel about a small-town hood who marries a waitress who witnessed him murdering a rival thug in order to keep her quiet. As his gang begins to doubt his abilities, the man becomes more desperate and violent. Written by
As with Brighton Rock (1947), the ending was changed from the 1938 novel to have the record player's needle become stuck in a scratched groove, such that Rose hears Pinkie saying "I love you" over and over. However, the author Graham Greene said, "Anybody who had any sense would know that next time Rose would probably push the needle over the scratch, and get the full message." See more »
When Rose opens the record player, it has a modern British plug on it. In 1960s Britain plug pins were round. Safety switches wall sockets would not have been in place at this time, either. See more »
While Brighton Rock is receiving a certain amount of stick (geddit?) from critics and reviewers who want to solely compare it to the original - I for one was lost in this - it's evocative, dark, broody, and a nice angsty character study of post-war Britain going hell for leather into the 60s.
This is a film about anger and loss, about opportunity and ambition, and crime - and the elements that Graham Greene satirized so brilliantly in his novel are there - the Catholicism post-Evelyn Waugh, the rise of the working-class with money, and above all, desperate lonely early 20s love.
All in all, the production values, the cameos, the central roles are more than competent - this is a very good British film, and it should be allowed 50 years on to stand on its on. There are a number of excellent iconic scenes, from the scooters, to the bosses; and we liked that it's not just about petty crime or gangs, there's a lot going on here - it's nowhere near in any sense a bad film, and deserves a good audience.
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