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Life At The Top [DVD] [1965]

Laurence Harvey , Jean Simmons    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Laurence Harvey, Jean Simmons, Honor Blackman, Michael Craig
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • 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: 12
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Oct 2011
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002WI4LI0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,532 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Laurence Harvey turns in an excellent performance in this sequel to the highly successful ROOM AT THE TOP which follows the life of a social climber whose self-doubt tarnishes his success. With his marriage to the boss' daughter on the rocks, Harvey finds himself embroiled in an affair with a London anchorwoman.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Life at the Top is a belated sequel to Room at the Top, John Blaine's "angry young man" British novel that was made into a film in 1959. Laurence Harvey is back as Joe Lampton, the man-on-the-rise protagonist who in Room had given up true love in favor of a career-boosting (and antiseptic) marriage to his boss' daughter. Ten years have passed: Lampton is a business success, but utterly bored by his dead-end marital setup. His wife feels the same, and it isn't long before Mr. and Mrs. Lampton begin conducting separate affairs. While the original Room was a fairly accurate evocation of its era, Life at the Top works too hard and too noisily to be "mod," in reflection of the ethereal Swinging London era. The inclusion of flashbacks from Room at the Top, in which Harvey is seen making love to Simone Signoret, only serves to emphasize the shortcomings of the sequel. The best moments in the later version can be found in the early establishing scenes set in Yorkshire. Life at the Top was followed by a TV series called Man at the Top, starring Kenneth Haigh as Lampton, which in turn was followed by a theatrical feature of the same name. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, ...Life at the Top

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine follow up to Room At The Top! 30 Dec 2011
By The CinemaScope Cat TOP 500 REVIEWER
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After marrying the boss's daughter (Jean Simmons) in his climb up the ladder of success, a man (Laurence Harvey) finds that life at the top isn't what he wants after all. Six years after ROOM AT THE TOP, this sequel shows the protagonist's disillusionment and disgust with the hypocrisy and emptiness of his chosen life. Harvey recreates his Joe Lampton from the earlier film but Jean Simmons replaces Heather Sears. As far as sequels go, this one is very good and Harvey manages to rouse himself out of his usual wooden stupor and actually give a performance. But his character's self pitying and whining hypocrisy, he has contempt for his upper class associates but he's reluctant to give up his comfortable lifestyle, begin to grate after awhile. When Simmons has an affair with another man (Michael Craig), our sympathies are entirely with her. Directed by Ted Kotcheff (WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S) with a fine subtle score by Richard Addinsell. With Honor Blackman (who steals the movie) as a TV commentator who has an affair with Harvey, Donald Wolfit (who has the remarkable ability to overact while standing perfectly still), Robert Morley, Nigel Davenport, Margaret Johnston, Edward Fox, Allan Cuthbertson, Denis Quilley and Geoffrey Bayldon.

The Sony DVD via Great Britain is a crisp B&W anamorphic wide screen (1.66) transfer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Billy Liar without the laughs and humanity 24 Nov 2013
By Mario
Laurence Harvey looks the part especially when brooding but asked to raise his voice and act angry youngish man, his renowned woodenness is rather exposed as is his approximate all-purpose Northern accent. And his face goes all crooked - perhaps that's why he prefers looking attractive (when brooding). Jean Simmons is on the sad edge of beautiful and is effective throughout. Donald Woolfit is rather good too. There is some great clear photography but the old message is rather rammed home unsubtly at times and the idea that everyone is 'at it' as it's the 60s is cripplingly cynical. It's too long and meanders here and there and Joe Lampton is just such an unconvincing mixture of principle and unprinciple that you never really sympathise fully. The ending is unsatisfactory. However, it's of its time, so you have to forgive a bit - the support cast wavers between the caricatured embarrassing and the subtle and believable (Allan Cuthbertson excellent, I think) so I just about still 'like it' on balance.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good film well acted 6 Mar 2013
By Ken
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Enjoyed the film as a sequel to Room at the Top. As with many sequels it wasn't quite as good as the earlier film. It made many interesting social observations particularly about the corrupting effect of money and the problems of marrying young and for the wrong resons.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Near Perfection 12 Oct 2012
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Near Perfection

This is one of those rarities, a story with a satisfactory ending; not an ending in the Dickens style (with the possible exception of Hard Times, perhaps) but one that allows you to think beyond the end and not to read sentimentality into it either.

This is how we humans behave here in the glorious "West" with its free-enterprise culture and the film gives you a brief view of underbelly, too, "down by the canal".

First-class casting with fine acting all round--a must for anybody with or without a social conscience.
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