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Brighton Rock - Special Edition [DVD]

Richard Attenborough , Hermione Baddeley , John Boulting    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Richard Attenborough, Hermione Baddeley, William Hartnell, Harcourt Williams, Carol Marsh
  • Directors: John Boulting
  • Producers: Roy Boulting
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Feb 2011
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004CZ6HYW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,940 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Hard to imagine now but long before Richard Attenborough became Lord Dickie, benevolent patriarch of British moviedom, he specialised in playing weaselly little thugs and punks. Brighton Rock, adapted from Graham Greene's classic novel, offered him one of his best early roles as Pinkie, juvenile leader of a seedy gang of racetrack crooks in the Sussex seaside town. When it seems an innocent young waitress may know too much about one of their killings, Pinkie decides to keep her quiet by marrying her. But in Greene's world of guilt-ridden Catholicism and inexorable doom, it was never going to be that easy.

Is the famous twist ending a cop-out? That depends just how much irony you read into it. But the Brighton atmosphere, all tawdry gaiety shot through with a crackling undercurrent of fear, is so vivid you can smell it. Made with a cool, dispassionate eye by the Boulting Brothers (before they turned jokey with the likes of I'm Alright Jack, for instance) and superbly shot by Harry Waxman, this is one of Britain's few great contributions to the noir thriller cycle. Young Dickie, twitchy, vicious and terrified, is a revelation--and don't miss William Hartnell, the original Dr Who, as his cynical sidekick. --Philip Kemp

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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?

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgetable British gangster film 17 Oct 2002
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Brighton Rock, Graham Greene's novel about the British criminal underworld, has been improved by this adaptation for the screen. Most movies are worse than the book, this movie is better.
On the surface the story is easily told. Set in post-WW2 Brighton, the story revolves around the activities of teenage gangster "Pinkie". He commits murder, courts and marries the witness to prevent her bearing testimony against him.
For Greene this story seems to have had a wider meaning and his novel invites the reader to reflect on the moral, metaphysical and theological significance of these events. The movie invites this multi-layered analysis too and viewers can be as cerebral as they wish as they try to work out the "moral" in this morality tale set in the jolly-sinister carnival atmosphere of Bank Holiday Brighton.
But there are other pleasure too. Firstly, it has to be one of the best performances Attenborough has given. He is more memorable for this chilling performance as the demonic "Pinkie".
than anything else I've seen him in. Other performances also get under the skin, especially "Ida", Pinkie's nemesis.
Secondly, there is the pleasure of the black-and-white, highly atmospheric camera work, the lip-smacking scene setting, the delightful character acting, and a trip in time to a period in British history that is rarely represented in cinema (or any other format). This is one of those movies you watch over and over just to see the clothes people used to wear and how they used to hold their beer glasses or eat ice-cream.
Thirdly, there is the pleasure of contrasting this movie with other gangster movies e.g. from USA or Japan, especially those featuring teenage gangsters. You can never watch Marlon Brando or James Dean after this without contrasting them with Pinkie.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
`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. I place her performance alongside Dorothy Malone's bit part in `The Big Sleep' (1946) who we also never saw enough of sadly.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just a gangster film. 2 Feb 2004
Fantastic film adaptation of the Graham Greene novel. I had read the novel prior to seeing the film and was not disappointed at all. Very realistic, sinister and disturbing gangster movie with a murder-mystery twist which makes it even more compelling. This film really blew me away!
The DVD package unfortunately has nothing to offer other than the "chapter selection". No subtitles, production notes or behind the scenes facts. Very disappointing for such a wonderful film but definitely worth adding to any serious movie collection.
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I first saw "Brighton Rock" on its first release in 1947 and it has been a favourite ever since although I cannot agree with the British Film Institute who in 1999 voted it the fifteenth best British film ever made.

An incredibly young Richard Attenborough brilliantly portrays the vicious Pinkie Brown juvenile leader of a Brighton race track gang in the 1930s, gangs that existed in real life enforcing protection racket payments with cut throat razors.

The gang members are well cast, William Hartnell as Pinkie's friend Dallow and Nigel Stock young and slim, very different from our usual perception of him. Hermione Baddeley is brilliant as the coarse seaside concert party entertainer who becomes obsessed with proving Pinkie guilty of murder.

The harrowing end of Graham Greene's novel has been altered to provide a soft landing for the waitress (Carol Marsh) that Pinkie so callously marries to prevent her testifying against him.

This is a very fine film indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brighton Rock DVD
Fast delivery. Product fine.
Published 29 days ago by Mrs. Jane Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful acting with screenplay true to the book but slightly ...
Gripping storyline, Wonderful acting with screenplay true to the book but slightly different ending
Published 1 month ago by Caroline Chesworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
Having just read the book for Book Group-we all watched the film...creaky in bits, but excellent performances and very atmospheric!
Published 4 months ago by Ms. L. Kropp
5.0 out of 5 stars Brighton rock book
The product is of excellent quality. Well finished, cost as expected. Delivered at the right cost and on time. A good match for requirements.
Published 4 months ago by Marco Cordoba
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film
My dad told me about Brighton Rock when I was a kid, he loves Graham Greene novels. I was so fascinated by the story and when I was in my 20s it came on TV really late so I had to... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mavis
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't make em like this anymore.......
Bought this after going to see more recent version in Brighton. Remember seeing it many,many years ago. A good classic movie. Passed it on to friend
Published 8 months ago by Karen Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars Overview
We enjoyed this classic entertaining and quality item worth viewing......a good reflection of the arts in its early days of drama.
Published 9 months ago by J. G. Granville
4.0 out of 5 stars Among the best of Grahame greene
An extraordinarily authentic picture of Brighton in the 1930s, one feels, and Pinky is one of theauthor's most convincing villains.
Published 10 months ago by Richard Freeborn
5.0 out of 5 stars Brighton Rock [1947] [DVD]
This seller was fantastic, they sent a more recent remake of this film in error, once I contacted them they sent an immediate correct item which h arrived the next day, excellent... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. J. Wye
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, complex,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 12 months ago by K. Gordon
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