- Actors: Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Mary Ure, Edith Evans, Gary Raymond
- Directors: Tony Richardson
- Writers: John Osborne, Nigel Kneale
- Producers: Gordon Scott, Harry Saltzman
- Format: PAL, Black & White, Full Screen
- Language: English
- Classification: PG
- Studio: Universal
- VHS Release Date: 10 Feb. 1993
- Run Time: 95 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000057RF2
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 233,561 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Look Back in Anger [VHS] 
Richard Burton plays angry young man Jimmy Porter in Tony Richardson's screen-adaptation of John Osborne's ground breaking stage play. Jimmy, university educated, articulate and poor, is angry with almost everything and everyone from the government and the church to his long suffering wife (Claire Bloom).
Top Customer Reviews
It takes a lot of effort to see beyond the contemptuous, bullying veneer of Burton's portrayal of Jimmy and it would be easy to dismiss him as nothing more than a villain. But glimpses beneath his odious exterior include his obvious devotion to his old landlady and his support of an Indian market-stall owner who is ostracised for being a foreigner. By the end of the film it becomes obvious that Jimmy is severely `damaged' psychologically but we, the viewers, are left to draw our own conclusions as to why he is selling sweets on a market stall and living in such squalid conditions when he is university educated.
To my mind Claire Bloom's character, Helena, is the real villain of the play. The scene where Jimmy launches a vitriolic tirade against Helena, calling her an `evil-minded little virgin' she slaps him and there is a suspended moment of emotion as Jimmy clutches his stinging cheek. It is probably the most obvious point in the film and made me cringe a little but somehow they manage to get away with it.
The film was made in 1959 and the play opened in 1956 so it is now well over fifty years old. In today's age of psychotherapy and anti-depressants would Jimmy be a better person (a happier person) or was he better-off being angry and frustrated i.e. himself?Read more ›
It was borne out of the Free Cinema movement of which Tony Richardson was a prominent figure. It questions The Establishment and peoples' place, as society seemed to be becoming restless and not willing to stay in their place, having always had it drilled into them just what this place was.
Although the cast are well-spoken, it also begins to turn the tide on the characters shown in films, ie the working classes are becoming less hidden, as they had previously been, at the behest no doubt of The Establishment.
Following on from this film, I found the book In Anger by Robert Hewison to be a fascinating further insight into this world of The Establishment at this time.
This is a very dark and brooding picture dealing with an unsuitable marriage between the classes. A true classic that stars Richard Burton and the great Dame Edith Evans.
Burton is at his most good-looking here, and plays a somewhat bitter, insecure, but intelligent loser married to the downtrodden and love-sick 'Alison' (played by the beautiful Mary Ure who committed suicide in 1975) - then along comes her best friend (Claire Boom) as his second helping of 'top drawer'!
This movie is now fifty years old. I have not seen the re-make, but it won't be as good as this!
This melancholic picture also stars a young Donald Pleasence with a rare starring role for Gary Raymond
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love Richard Burton and this adaptation of the play did not disappoint. He can play emotional turbulance like no-one else. Only a celt could do it that well. Loved it.Published 17 months ago by Joyce Murphy
This is an excellent, emotional and passionate film with wonderful acting and a real classic. If you can stand the nitty gritty of life this film is for you.Published 23 months ago by June V
Burton is spell-binding, young but already at the top of his game as the cruel and resentfull Porter. Read morePublished on 3 Dec. 2013 by Harold of Tewkesbury
...is the great joke. An Essex town has its libraries closing. What's the headline in the local paper? Read morePublished on 17 Oct. 2013 by Mario
A brilliant film & Richard Burton at his best!! Stands the test of time & gives us a great view of life in the sixties!!Published on 4 July 2013 by Stressed wife
This is one of Burtons best films and showed his talent off best and what was to come sadley b4 Miss Taylor and Hollywood and the lure of money got in his way of a great film... Read morePublished on 9 May 2013 by Anthony J. Gleave
Enjoyed this film very much. It is a blast from the past showing Richard Burton at his best. A classic of the time.Published on 5 Dec. 2012 by Marisse
British producer and New Wave theater and film director Tony Richardson`s feature film debut which was written by English screenwriter Nigel Kneale (1922-2006) and John Osborne... Read morePublished on 20 Feb. 2012 by Sindri