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Life at the Top (1965)

Joe Lampton thought he had really made it by marrying the boss's daughter in his northern mill town. But he finds he is being sidelined at work and his private life manipulated by his father-in-law.

Director:

Ted Kotcheff

Writers:

John Braine (novel), Mordecai Richler (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Harvey ... Joe Lampton
Jean Simmons ... Susan Lampton
Honor Blackman ... Norah Hauxley
Michael Craig ... Mark
Donald Wolfit ... Abe Brown
Robert Morley ... Tiffield
Margaret Johnston ... Sybil
Ambrosine Phillpotts ... Mrs. Brown
Allan Cuthbertson ... George Aisgill
Paul A. Martin Paul A. Martin ... Harry
Frances Cosslett Frances Cosslett ... Barbara
Ian Shand Ian Shand ... Hethersett
George A. Cooper ... Graffham
Nigel Davenport ... Mottram
Andrew Laurence Andrew Laurence ... McLelland
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Joe Lampton thought he had really made it by marrying the boss's daughter in his northern mill town. But he finds he is being sidelined at work and his private life manipulated by his father-in-law. Even so, he ignores an offer of a job in London and keeps away from attractive TV presenter Norah. When he finds his wife is having an affair, he reconsiders on both counts. But can he make it on his own ability down south? Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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From the author of "Room At The Top" See more »

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The first feature film of Denis Quilley. See more »

Quotes

Abe Brown: [after he has - allegedly - passed his medical examination with flying colours] Well, isn't everyone disappointed?
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Connections

Followed by Man at the Top: Charity Begins at Home (1970) See more »

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Beware of what you wish for
3 July 2011 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Life at the Top" from 1965 is touted as a sequel to "Room at the Top," which it is, but you could watch this without having seen "Room" without much problem.

Joe Lampton (Laurence Harvey) has had his dreams fulfilled - he's married to the boss' daughter (Jean Simmons), he's working for his father-in-law in a high position, and he's managed to squash his lower-class upbringing. However, he's miserable. He's bored out of his mind and angry with his wife, who keeps getting her father to pay for things. When he meets a pretty TV correspondent (Honor Blackman) he perks up.

This is a good movie with an excellent performance by Laurence Harvey, who really picks up where he left off with Joe Lampton, angry, ambitious, resentful, and womanizing. Jean Simmons is in the Heather Sears role, and she's wonderful - beautiful, sensual, and determined to keep her husband despite her own failings. I've always thought Simmons was highly underrated as she was always in competition with Audrey Hepburn and other bigger stars of the day for roles. She is glorious in her British films that she made when she was very young, and of course, Elmer Gantry and Angel Face, to name only two.

Worth seeing, and it answers the question, will Joe Lampton ever find happiness?


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 1966 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Platz ganz oben See more »

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Production Co:

Romulus Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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