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An angry young Englishman rages at his wife, mistress and life. Directed by Tony Richardson. From the John Osborne play.
Richard Burton was riding high in grandiose roles in Hollywood and on Broadway when he returned to Britain to portray trumpet-playing social dropout Jimmy Porter in Tony Richardson's adaptation of John Osborne's groundbreaking 1956 play. Burton's Jimmy works in a public market "sweet stall" where he rubs shoulders with the working class with a condescending air, while he takes out his contempt of bourgeois complacency at home on his spiritually whipped wife (a numb-looking Mary Ure) and her best friend (Claire Bloom). Burton is too old for the part of the self-loathing college grad, but his performance simmers with frustration and misdirected rage that masks the sad, vulnerable underside to his misanthropic swipes. The film became the opening volley in Britain's "New Cinema," a new wave of young directors, working-class themes, and social-realist style. --Sean Axmaker
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Hot Toasty Rag, July 21, 2017
I’ve seen over thirty Richard Burton movies, and there really isn’t any good reason to watch this one.Read more
I thought I couldn't lose with anything Burton was in. However, I found it very difficult to understand what Burton was saying in this picture.Read more