Roy Boulton directs this classic adaptation of the Graham Greene novel detailing the activities of a group of thugs in 1930s Brighton. Pinkie Brown (Richard Attenborough) is the head of a gang of small time crooks who make their money from a protection racket centred around Brighton race course. Pinkie is known for his short fuse and brutality, so his murder of a rival, Fred (Alan Wheatley), is very much in character. Pinkie believes, nonetheless, that he has got away with the crime until the promptings of a suspicious local woman, Ida (Hermione Baddeley), threaten to have the case reopened. Since only one person can identify him as the murderer, the waitress, Rose Brown (Carol Marsh), Pinkie comes up with an ingenious solution - marry Rose to stop her testifying against him. But will things go to plan?
Rightly regarded as a genuine classic of British cinema, Brighton Rock has stood the test of time remarkably well to emerge as a tense, original thriller. Although there is much that is old-fashioned here (particularly the less than convincing East End accents), the tale of feuding gangster factions holds up favourably compared to modern-day efforts. In place of the now all-too-familiar violence is a quiet, brooding menace with much of the black and white film shot in the dark shadows of the underworld. Richard Attenborough holds it all together with his remarkable portrayal of young gangster Pinkie, exuding a threatening aura while often saying very little. Not surprisingly, given its base in Graham Greene's famous novel, the film has an exceptionally strong storyline that is matched by the directions and performances. A good lesson in timeless film making.
On the DVD: Brighton Rock on disc sadly is a package with nothing to offer over the standard video release. The black and white footage shows little sign of remastering, nor does the soundtrack. There are no extras whatsoeverthis is surely a massive oversight given the classic nature of the film itself. --Phil UdellSee all Product Description
Quite possibly the worst film I have seen in years. Wooden acting even from the late great Sir Richard Attenborough. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gillette 1970
Deservedly regarded as a classic of british cinema, this movie wont disappoint anyone who is a fan of the story of Brighton Rock (I have read the book, listened to some audiobook... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lark
This is an early Richard Àttenborgh film he plays the part of a youth in the late fortees just after the secPublished 5 months ago by Shirley Steadman
Good, straightforward adaption. Seems rather dated now. Acting is very good and Richard Attenborough is convincing and genuinely menacing. Read morePublished 5 months ago by N. R. Evans