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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 ... See full summary »

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... Joe Lampton
... Susan Lampton
... Norah Hauxley
... Mark
... Abe Brown
... Tiffield
... Sybil
... Mrs. Margaret Brown
... George Aisgill
Paul A. Martin ... Harry Lampton
Frances Cosslett ... Barbara Lampton
Ian Shand ... Ralph Hethersett
... Graffham
... Mottram
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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Their life is champagne and orchids at the top and brawling, brassy and unashamed underneath! [USA theatrical] See more »

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28 June 1966 (Denmark)  »

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Ein Platz ganz oben  »

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Shows Ilkley station before the closure of the Skipton-Ilkley line. See more »

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Follows Room at the Top (1959) See more »

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Pretty boring
4 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

After watching Life at the Top, it's pretty clear Jean Simmons wanted to play Maggie the Cat in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. She plays the wife of hunky Laurence Harvey, but try as she does, she can't get him into bed. In one scene, she rubs lotion on her topless self to try and entice him—but don't worry, the camera captures that scene from the mirror, so there's no nudity.

Life at the Top is the sequel to Room at the Top, but if you haven't seen the 1959 film, you won't really be lost. In 1959, Laurence Harvey slept and connived his way to the top, and six years later, we see what his life is like after he's achieved what he thought he wanted. He has a strained relationship with his son, a bad marriage, and hardly any respect in the community. While there are a couple of good scenes where Larry and Jean spar off each other and show off their acting chops, most of the movie is incredibly boring. The majority of the film focuses on his aspirations at work, but I can't think of anyone who would be watching it for that part of the plot. Overall, it's a very overdone genre, and this film is neither imaginative nor entertaining.


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