7.0/10
141
6 user 3 critic

Pressure (1976)

A British-born younger son of an immigrant family from Trinidad finds himself adrift between two cultures.

Director:

Horace Ové

Writers:

Horace Ové (screenplay), Samuel Selvon (screenplay)
Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A young black woman in England becomes increasingly frustrated with her life with her lazy, demanding boyfriend, and with the help of friends seeks something better.

Director: Menelik Shabazz
Stars: Cassie McFarlane, Victor Romero Evans, Beverley Martin
Babylon (1980)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The movie centers around Brindsley Forde's character blue. He fronts a reggae sound system based in west London. The movie captures the trials and tribulations of young black youths in troubled London in the early eighties.

Director: Franco Rosso
Stars: David N. Haynes, Trevor Laird, Victor Romero Evans
Pressure II (2015)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A group of men are trapped in a small pod on the sea bed, after diving down to fix an oil pipeline and becoming separated from their ship.

Director: Ron Scalpello
Stars: Danny Huston, Matthew Goode, Joe Cole
Pressure I (2002)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Two med students on a road trip are falsely accused of murder by a corrupt local Sheriff, setting off a wild chase and a deadly comedy of errors. As they struggle to survive, every move the students make sends them deeper into trouble.

Director: Richard Gale
Stars: Kerr Smith, Lochlyn Munro, Angela Featherstone
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Herbert Norville Herbert Norville ... Tony
Oscar James Oscar James ... Colin
Frank Singuineau Frank Singuineau ... Lucas
Lucita Lijertwood Lucita Lijertwood ... Bopsie
Sheila Scott Wilkinson Sheila Scott Wilkinson ... Sister Lousie (as Sheila Scott-Wilkinson)
Ed Devereaux ... Police Inspector
T-Bone Wilson T-Bone Wilson ... Junior
Ram John Holder Ram John Holder ... Brother John (as Ramjohn Holder)
Norman Beaton Norman Beaton ... Preacher
John F. Landry John F. Landry ... Mr. Crapson (as John Landry)
Archie Pool Archie Pool ... Oscar
Whitty Vialva Forde Whitty Vialva Forde ... Reefer
Marlene Davis Marlene Davis ... Marlene
Dave Kinoshi Dave Kinoshi ... Mike
Patrick Rennison Patrick Rennison ... Winston
Edit

Storyline

A British-born younger son of an immigrant family from Trinidad finds himself adrift between two cultures.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1976 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Made for the BBC in 1974, but not released theatrically until February 1978. See more »

Connections

Featured in How We Used to Live (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Pressure
Theme Song Lyrics Horace Ové
Theme Song Music Boy Wonder
Theme Song Artists Boy Wonder and The Sisters
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
"Have you been long in this country?" / "I was born here, sir"
17 May 2010 | by HenryHextonEsqSee all my reviews

Vivid, only occasionally heavy-going account of African Caribbean experiences of Britain in the 1970s. Much interesting material on the cultural shift from the original post-WW2 generation of immigrants and the younger generation now native to Britain. It begins as an even-handed study and gradually takes sides - with good reason.

This is particularly of interest as an examination of how the original Trinidadian immigrants differed from their children who were born and bred in England. The older generation tend to be content to achieve on the terms defined by the English - hard work and respect for authority. This is not an option open to the youth, as represented in Herbert Norville's Tony. Perhaps the most incisive scene in the film is his job interview early in the film, with the unctuous insincerity of the boss Mr Crapson (John F. Landry), a Steve Pemberton lookalike complete with Bobby Charlton comb-over; who is noticeably uneasy behind the false bonhomie. There's also a fascinating disco scene, with Tony meeting an old white girlfriend, who has managed to escape from the poor, inner city neighbourhood through getting work.

Horace Ove uses an eclectic cast, with such distinctive familiars from British culture as Tommy Vance and Norman Beaton present and correct. This works an intriguing cultural artifact from the mid-1970s - evocative terraces and tower blocks - and as a rare insight into the black British experience, as Black Power began to reflect concerns over unemployment, police brutality and racism.

Overall, "Pressure" is slightly too didactic to work as a whole for me, but an urgent, interesting piece of film-making all the same.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 6 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed