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Brighton Rock [Region 2]

Richard Attenborough , Hermione Baddeley , John Boulting  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Richard Attenborough, Hermione Baddeley, William Hartnell, Carol Marsh, Nigel Stock
  • Directors: John Boulting
  • Producers: Brighton Rock ( Young Scarface ), Brighton Rock, Young Scarface
  • Format: Import, PAL
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 89.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013J05AC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #926,343 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Pinkie Brown (Richard Attenborough) is a small town hoodlum who's gang run a protection racket based at Brighton race course. When Pinkie orders the murder of a rival, Fred (Alan Wheatley), the police believe it to be suicide. This doesn't convince Ida Arnold (Hermione Baddeley), who was with Fred just before he died, and she sets out to find the truth. She comes across naive waitress Rose (Carol Marsh), who can prove that Fred was murdered. In an attempt to keep Rose quiet Pinkie marries her. But with his gang beginning to doubt his ability, and his rivals taking over his business, Pinkie starts to become more desperate and violent. ...Brighton Rock ( Young Scarface )

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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We make our own sordid hell and then we live in it, and the innocents among us deserve what they get because they can't tell the difference. Not exactly Graham Greene with his Catholic conflicts, but this excellent film written by Greene (and Terence Rattigan) from Greene's novel certainly sets up the issues. Brighton Rock is an excellent movie, scarcely dated, and features one of Richard Attenborough's most effective performances. His Pinkie Brown will wipe away all those avuncular grandfathers and Santas he's been playing the last few years. Please note that elements of the plot are discussed

Pinkie leads a small criminal gang in Brighton in the late Thirties. The gang's former leader was betrayed by a man named Fred Hale. When Hale is spotted in the guise of newspaper reporter Kolley Kibber passing out coupons near the Brighton pier in a promotion stunt for the paper, Hale's health is about to fail. Pinkie and the gang face Hale in a pub, then follow him through the streets of Brighton waiting for an opportunity to kill him. On the Brighton pier Hale meets Ida Arnold, a blowzy, cheery woman he encountered in the pub, and pleads with her to stay with him. She agrees, but then must leave him for a moment to retrieve a handkerchief. Frightened out of his wits, he gets on a tunnel of frights ride...and at the last moment Pinkie slips into the seat next to him. Hale is dead before the ride ends. Now Pinkie realizes there are a couple of loose ends. He kills one and marries the other, an innocent young waitress named Rose who saw more than she should have. A wife, after all, can't testify against her husband. Before long, Pinkie is plotting a double suicide for himself and Rose. Naturally, she'll go first. I'm not giving anything away, but things at last don't turn out Pinkie's way.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars `What Do All These Atheists Know About Hell' October 16, 2006
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('Young Scarface' is the American Title for 'Brighton Rock')

`Brighton Rock' is essentially a tale of a teenage gangster, Pinkie Brown, and his attempts to silence a potential witness, Rose, to a crime. John Boulting (Thunder Rock, 1942; I'm All Right Jack, 1959) directed it in 1947 and was producer by his twin brother Roy. The screenplay was adapted from the Graham Greene novel of the same name by Terence Rattigan. There are significant differences at the ending of the film in relation to the novel (the book is more brutal) but I think that it takes nothing away from the film or the book. Due to BBFC rules at the time some changes had to made to the intended ending (the record scene) of the film because they wanted it to have a happy ending, which I think in retrospect made it better. The only feature really missing is the strength of character development one could only expect from a novel. However saying all that, the adaptation is excellent.

`Brighton Rock' featured two brilliant performances from Richard Attenborough (In Which We Serve, 1942; A Matter Of Life And Death, 1946) as Pinkie and Carol Marsh as Rose. Richard's performance is a career highlight for him, which could be regarded as the emergence of the `angry young man' in British cinema, but it was Carol's performance that I really loved. Her performance of innocence is something we so rarely see in modern cinema that it is remarkably refreshing to watch. One thing worth pointing out though is that Rose in the novel was not quite as pretty and we see more of her family life and the possible reason for her attachment to Pinkie. Carol Marsh never made many other significant films that I feel it's a bit of a shame because I think we've missed something there.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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We make our own sordid hell and then we live in it, and the innocents among us deserve what they get because they can't tell the difference. Not exactly Graham Greene with his Catholic conflicts, but this excellent film written by Greene (and Terence Rattigan) from Greene's novel certainly sets up the issues. Brighton Rock is an excellent movie, scarcely dated, and features one of Richard Attenborough's most effective performances. His Pinkie Brown will wipe away all those avuncular grandfathers and Santas he's been playing the last few years.

Pinkie leads a small criminal gang in Brighton in the late Thirties. The gang's former leader was betrayed by a man named Fred Hale. When Hale is spotted in the guise of newspaper reporter Kolley Kibber passing out coupons near the Brighton pier in a promotion stunt for the paper, Hale's health is about to fail. Pinkie and the gang face Hale in a pub, then follow him through the streets of Brighton waiting for an opportunity to kill him. On the Brighton pier Hale meets Ida Arnold, a blowzy, cheery woman he encountered in the pub, and pleads with her to stay with him. She agrees, but then must leave him for a moment to retrieve a handkerchief. Frightened out of his wits, he gets on a tunnel of frights ride...and at the last moment Pinkie slips into the seat next to him. Hale is dead before the ride ends. Now Pinkie realizes there are a couple of loose ends. He kills one and marries the other, an innocent young waitress named Rose who saw more than she should have. A wife, after all, can't testify against her husband. Before long, Pinkie is plotting a double suicide for himself and Rose. Naturally, she'll go first. I'm not giving anything away, but things at last don't turn out Pinkie's way.

Did I mention? Pinkie is a puritanical sociopath.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent noir, hard to find
This is a terrific film, and you can't get it on disk in the US. Read about it on allmovie.com.
Published 2 months ago by Stuart Leitch
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch!
This great and sturdy plot has been remade recently but, of course, the original is better. All well done. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Emer Foley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, complex film-noir character study/thriller
Complex, disturbing noir character study/thriller about a 17 year old baby-faced gang leader
named `Pinky', played by the director-to-be Richard Attenborough in an astonishing... Read more
Published 10 months ago by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, complex film-noir character study/thriller
Complex, disturbing noir character study/thriller about a 17 year old baby-faced gang leader
named `Pinky', played by the director-to-be Richard Attenborough in an astonishing... Read more
Published 10 months ago by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, complex film-noir character study/thriller
Complex, disturbing noir character study/thriller about a 17 year old baby-faced gang leader
named `Pinky', played by the director-to-be Richard Attenborough in an astonishing... Read more
Published 10 months ago by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, complex film-noir character study/thriller
Complex, disturbing noir character study/thriller about a 17 year old baby-faced gang leader
named `Pinky', played by the director-to-be Richard Attenborough in an astonishing... Read more
Published 10 months ago by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced crime drama from England.
Fans of what is now called film noir should definitely check out this adaptation of an early Graham Greene novel. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Art Student Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleased with transaction
I received the package within a couple of days. The DVD was in good condition and securely package. I heard about this movie on TCM and saw a short segment from the film discussed... Read more
Published 16 months ago by victrola
5.0 out of 5 stars Attenborough classic!
I rated this once before but I'm continuously asked to review it so here goes for a 2nd time. Attenborough is truly scary in this story. Read more
Published 18 months ago by D. Vick
3.0 out of 5 stars Brighton Rock
The new version of this film was much much better.
This is too old fashioned a production. Hammy and
cornball compared to the new film version.
Julian Wasser
Published 18 months ago by Julian W. Wasser
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