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Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1961)

Albert Finney , Shirley Anne Field , Karel Reisz  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Albert Finney, Shirley Anne Field, Rachel Roberts, Hylda Baker, Norman Rossington
  • Directors: Karel Reisz
  • Writers: Alan Sillitoe
  • Producers: Harry Saltzman, Tony Richardson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Continental Distributing
  • DVD Release Date: February 5, 2002
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005S8KV
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,704 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning" on IMDb

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In his first starring role, Albert Finney gained international acclaim for his impressive (TheNew Yorker) portrayal of Arthur Seaton, a rebellious factory worker who lives only for his wild, carefree nights at the pub. A remarkable and influential drama that captures the despair of working class life, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning is 'superbly enacted [and] one of the best ofBritain's 'angry young men dramas of the 60s. (Leonard Maltin). The sights and sounds of industrial Nottingham resonate with a grimy thud as Arthur Seaton works his tedious factory job. Through ale, women and practical jokes, he vents his frustrations against the establishments of work and marriage until his reckless ways lead him to a night that changes his life. Forced to reevaluate his convictions, Arthur must decide exactly what he stands for

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unexamined, somewhat empty life October 7, 2003
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Throughout the 1950s, a group of young British writers were referred to as "angry young men" because, in their novels and plays, they excoriated what they perceived to be the dominant materialistic values of their society following World War Two. They included playwrights John Osborne and Kingsley Amis and novelists John Braine, John Wain, and Alan Silitoe. This film is based on Silitoe's novel (same title) in which he focuses on Arthur Seaton (brilliantly portrayed by Albert Finney) who endures working in a factory all week so that he can afford to drink and chase women on Saturday evening. He lives (if that's the word) day-to-day, insisting "All I want is a good time. The rest is propaganda." Arthur is intelligent enough to know how to indulge his vices but lacks the wisdom to understand that he is drinking and wenching away what few prospects he has to improve his situation. It is unclear (at least to me) whether or not Arthur really wishes to do so. While continuing an affair with Brenda (Rachel Roberts), the bored and restless wife of his foreman/supervisor Jack (Bryan Pringle), Albert also becomes involved with Doreen Gretton (Shirley Ann Field) whose own ambitions seem limited to getting married and starting a family. Revealing to me is the fact that neither Arthur nor Brenda seems especially concerned about, much less rebellious against the limits imposed on them within their class-based industrial society.

Suffocation is one of the recurring themes in James Joyce's novels and short stories. I was reminded of that recently as I again observed Arthur's self-indulgent hedonism, indifference to the feelings of others, and callous betrayal of what little he has going for him. Sooner than he realizes, there will be only quiet evenings at home on Saturday.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best British Film Ever January 20, 2005
By steve b
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Saturday Night and Sunday Morning is one of a group of so called 'kitchen sink dramas' which dominated British cinema in the early sixties. What these films brought to the screen for the first time were realistic portrails of British and in particular English working class life. This to my mind was the golden age of British film making with pictures like, This Sporting Life, Billy Liar, A Kind of Loving, Alfie, Up the Junction and Kess showing ordinary people struggling to make the best of their lot. This mood was also reflected on British TV with shows like Z Cars, Play for Today and even the early Coronation Street.

The best of this genre is Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. One thing most of these films have in common is that the hero trys to escape the limitation of his working class background. In A Kind of Loving the hero escapes into music and the middle class, In Kes, Billy Kasper escapes his hopeless situation by training and flying his hawk. In this film however Arthur Seaton (Albert Finney) sees no point in getting out. All he wants from life is to earn enough money to spend his weekends drinking and chasing women. Not that Arthur is unintelligent he just sees everything in life, politics, ambition and married life as phoney. Arthur wants to remain free of society's demand to comform either to marriage or to moving on and 'bettering himself'

Rachel Roberts and Shirley Ann Fields give great performances as Arthur's love or rather sex interest and Albert Finney is perfect as the cynical Arthur Seaton. The film ends with Arthur accepting marriage to Doreen (Fields) but telling her not to expect him to confirm all the time ( It will not be the last stone I will throw.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate example of British Free Cinema February 9, 2004
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Karel Reisz and Tony Richardson joined forces and created the most representative film about life in England’s industrial north of the 60’s. Albert Finney will always be remembered for his powerful performance as a young factory worker who rebels against his humdrum life and the social establishments.
This characteristic British Free Cinema film is a must for any serious film collection.
Poor DVD packaging though. Noextras whatsoever, unfortunately.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Braggodocio...and the thumbing of the nose June 15, 2007
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This is the film that put Finney on the map, as the saying goes, and for good reason. He's a great actor, but his performance is more than individual; it's also symbolic of some anger afoot in the UK at the time--i.e., the "angry young men". More specifically, the combination of Finney's sex appeal and braggodocio thumbs its nose at the stereotypical image of Great Britain as the stuffy, staid upholder of propriety and good manners and lords and ladies, et cetera.

His character, Arthur, is working class through and through, and it shows in every scene. He drinks and womanizes and plays tricks--mostly on older women he considers representative of stuffiness and stupidity. But he's callous himself--not stupid, but callous. This is really a slice of life movie that, more than anything else, portrays the British working class in the 1960s pretty much as they were. It's a great companion piece to another excellent British film, "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner", also from the 1960s, and also featuring a young British actor making his debut, Tom Courtenay.

Finney is electric in his role. What's especially good about this film is that it doesn't so much copy or emulate American movies--in departing from the image of British culture as proper, etc.--as it presents an entirely new type of film, that reveals the day-to-day lives of British workers and societal hangers-on, those who can never take anything for granted.

Thumbing one's nose symbolically and cinematically here is producer Tony Richardson, who went on to direct Finney in "Tom Jones" (a masterpiece, I would say) and director Karel Reisz, a Polish-born Brit who went on to direct a number of other interesting films.

But the biggest nose-thumber of all here is Albert Finney.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 3 days ago by Danilo Mueses
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie.
Published 13 days ago by MiguelAngel otero
4.0 out of 5 stars Traped
This is one of the 'angry young men' movies made in England in the 1950s and early 1960s The reason I gave this film 4 stars instead of 5 is because I feel Look Back In Anger is a... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Tony Marquise Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Albert Finney
I loved this movie, I always enjoy english movies, the older ones are very good, Albert is great in this one.
Published 14 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Saw it when it was produced
I was looking for this movie for sometimes as I could not remember the title... It was as good as my memory told me!
I enjoyed it again. Good actors performance.
Published 14 months ago by Dido
5.0 out of 5 stars Saturday Night And Sunday Morning (1960) Is The Best "Angry Young Man"...
Saturday Night And Sunday Morning (1960) Is The Best "Angry Young Man" Movie Of All.

Saturday Night And Sunday Morning (1960) starring Albert Finney, Shirley Anne Field,... Read more
Published 22 months ago by David R. Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Fresh, Still Enlightening, and Still Worth Seeing
"Saturday Night and Sunday Morning," (1960) is another black and white, taut 89 minute, British classic, a raw melodrama. Read more
Published on February 24, 2012 by Stephanie De Pue
4.0 out of 5 stars Bleak, Funny and Compassionate
A moderately humorous sociopolitical drama with charming and ingratiating characters speaking what sound like an ancient Cockney tongue. Read more
Published on February 14, 2010 by Cary B. Barad
5.0 out of 5 stars BLU RAY VERSION AVAILABLE - BUT IT'S UK ONLY AT PRESENT....
*** THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE 'UK" BLU RAY VERSION ONLY ***

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Published on July 14, 2009 by Mark Barry
4.0 out of 5 stars English New Wave cinema
Ok this is a good example of the 1950's-60's genre. It's gritty, real life portrayal of the English Working class post World War II. Also called kitchen sink movies. Read more
Published on April 13, 2009 by JOHN GODFREY
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