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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.

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Karel Reisz

Writers:

Alan Sillitoe (screenplay), Alan Sillitoe (adapted from his novel by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Finney ... Arthur
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
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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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Saturday night you have your fling at life...and Sunday morning you face up to it! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lauantai-illasta sunnuntaiaamuun See more »

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Budget:

£100,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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[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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Albert Finney's star-making role
13 July 2008 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Albert Finney is Arthur, a working-class Brit who lives for "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning" in this 1960 film also starring Rachel Roberts, Hylda Baker and Shirley Anne Field. It's impossible to believe that Albert Finney was ever that young, but he was - 24 in this film - robust and handsome. He plays a factory worker who hates his job and lives with his family. His life revolves around his weekends, when he drinks himself into oblivion and sees his married girlfriend Brenda (Roberts). Roberts is married to one of his co-workers. One day, he meets the beautiful Doreen (Shirly Anne Field) and starts to court her. Then Brenda becomes pregnant with his child.

This film was considered quite shocking at the time of its release because of its frank sexual situations and the freely-discussed topic of abortion. These themes aren't shocking anymore, but one reason for that is the introduction of them in films like this. Shot in black and white, it gives the viewer a picture of life in a bleak factory town, portrayed very realistically by director Karl Reisz. The actors are these people, they're not merely playing them. This is especially true of Finney, who sports a low-class accent and epitomizes the "angry young man" so prevalent in the late '50s. Finney's performance as a young man who takes out his work-week aggression on women, booze and mischief, is as revolutionary as Dean's or Brando's was in American cinema.

Finney is ably backed up by the supporting actors. Roberts is very effective as Brenda, a housewife married to a dull man, and Shirley Anne Field even dressed down is gorgeous as the ingénue who wins Arthur's heart and makes him look at the future. One wonders if he'll ever grow up sufficiently. She's going to have her hands full.

The dialect is very authentic and difficult to understand at times - I actually used my closed captioning. The dialect adds to the whole atmosphere of "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning," another of the rebel movies but in a class all by itself.


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