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A Place to Go (1963)

| Crime, Drama | July 1963 (UK)
A young man employed by a cigarette factory is tired of his working class status and joins a gang planning to rob the factory warehouse.


Basil Dearden


Michael Fisher (novel), Michael Relph (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Rita Tushingham ... Catherine Donovan
Michael Sarne ... Ricky Flint (as Mike Sarne)
Bernard Lee ... Matt Flint
Doris Hare ... Lil Flint
John Slater ... Jack Ellerman
Barbara Ferris ... Betsy
David Andrews David Andrews ... Jim
William Marlowe ... Charlie Batey
Roy Kinnear ... Bunting
Michael Wynne Michael Wynne ... Pug
Jerry Verno Jerry Verno ... Nobby Knowles
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Billy Dean Billy Dean ... Race Punter


In Bethnal Green, life's changing for the Flints. Father may decide to quit the docks and their daughter wants a new home with her husband and expected baby. Son, Ricky's dissatisfied with his lot and eager to get away. Involved with a planned robbery of the cigarette factory where he works, his life becomes even more complicated when he gets involved with quirky Catherine. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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... the punch-up romance of the year ...


Crime | Drama


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Scenes for this film were shot at Clapton Greyhound Stadium. Clapton dog track opened 1928, closed 1974. See more »


When Ricky 'borrows' his brother-in-law's lorry, the front left headlight isn't working. In the next shot it is and then isn't again subsequently.

This is quite possible, but in the UK post WW2 it was a requirement for headlights to operate on a 'dip and out' system where on full beam both lamps were lit, but on dip beam the kerbside lamp was turned off while the off side lamp was dipped but still illuminated. See more »


Featured in Welsh Greats: Doris Hare (2012) See more »


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Music and Lyrics by Charles Blackwell
In Collaboration with Michael Sarne (as Mike Sarne)
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Gritty brit flick
27 June 2008 | by souldSee all my reviews

Some excellent and vivid location work around Bethnal Green in London is the setting for this slice of "kitchen sink" life.It portrays a family struggling to keep their heads above the water as the man of the house Bernard Lee loses his job for being too mouthy at work, he then takes to the streets as an escapologist in order to get money for food on the table, quite often embarrassing himself and his family in the process. Meanwhile his son played by 60ts singing star Mike Sarne is fed up being on the breadline and turns to local gangster John Slater to do a robbery at the factory he works at, it goes wrong but he manages to get out of it in a hurry, meanwhile Sarne's love interest played by the lovely Rita Tushingham certainly is'nt an easy catch. All in all a really good slab of realism directed by the excellent Basil Dearden. Recommended.

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Release Date:

July 1963 (UK) See more »

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Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »


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GBP155,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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