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Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 3 April 1961 (USA)
A rebellious, hard-living factory worker juggles relationships with two women, one of whom is married to another man but pregnant with his child.


Karel Reisz


Alan Sillitoe (screenplay by), Alan Sillitoe (adapted from his novel by)
Won 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 7 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Finney ... Arthur Seaton
Shirley Anne Field ... Doreen
Rachel Roberts ... Brenda
Hylda Baker Hylda Baker ... Aunt Ada
Norman Rossington ... Bert
Bryan Pringle ... Jack
Robert Cawdron ... Robboe
Edna Morris Edna Morris ... Mrs. Bull
Elsie Wagstaff ... Mrs. Seaton (as Elsie Wagstaffe)
Frank Pettitt Frank Pettitt ... Mr. Seaton
Avis Bunnage Avis Bunnage ... Blousy Woman
Colin Blakely ... Loudmouth (as Colin Blakeley)
Irene Richmond Irene Richmond ... Doreen's Mother
Louise Dunn Louise Dunn ... Betty
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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Makes "Room at the Top" look like a vicarage tea-party. See more »


Drama | Romance


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Third highest grossing British film of the year. See more »


When a drunken man throws a brick through the undertaker's window the sound of breaking glass begins before the bricks hits the window. 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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Featured in First Among Equals: Episode #1.3 (1986) See more »


Music by Walter Warren
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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A different world
5 April 2003 | by DC1977See all my reviews

Its amazing to look at this film which transformed British Cinema and introduced the angry young man that would later been seen in films like 'The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner' and 'This Sporting Life'.

The fact that it shocked audiences and local authorities because of its themes covering sex and abortion show that this was a time when a great deal of change was taking place in British society. Although I wasn't around then, things must have been changing very rapidly as six years later 'Alfie' was able to confront these issues full on whereas Karel Reisz's film merely hints at them.

This film also established Albert Finney as a national star and he was soon to become an international star with the wonderfully bawdy 'Tom Jones'. Its always interesting to see the films that established the actors we admire and I'm certainly a fan of Albert Finney so I was shocked when I saw this film and felt that he wasn't really very good in it.

The opening scene where his character, Arthur Seaton, is counting the parts he is making in his factory seemed to introduce a highly overwrought man that shouted all the time. Thankfully the unnecessary 'anger' at the start was toned down later but I still felt at the end that Finney could have done greater justice to his role.

Walking around with a straight back and his chest out, talking twice as loud as he needs to seemed to resemble an angry old man rather than an angry young man and I almost expected him to talk about how kids nowadays didn't know they were born.

Its unusual that an actor from a working class background didn't convince me when playing a character that was not that dissimilar from himself whilst actors like Tom Courtenay in 'Loneliness...' and particularly Richard Harris in 'This Sporting Life' did it much better.

However, I gradually found myself being more and more absorbed in this film as it started to develop a storyline and move away from a young man being angry simply for the sake of it.

Rachel Roberts excels in her role as the married woman who becomes pregnant by Seaton and its a shame that this actress has been forgotten when you consider her performance here and the marvellous one she gave opposite Harris in 'This Sporting Life'.

Shirley Anne Field also does well as Doreen the girl looking to settle down and it is in her relationship with Seaton where I disagree with many people's assessment of the film.

Its generally said that Seaton hates the idea of conformity but in the end accepts it. However I feel that the film is much more hopeful than that as he realises that love and marriage is not necessarily a trap that only fools rush into and that there is much more to conventional life than he had originally anticipated.

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Release Date:

3 April 1961 (USA) See more »

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GBP100,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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