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Saturday Night and Sunday Morning [Blu-ray] [1960]

Albert Finney , Shirley Anne Field , Karel Reisz    Parental Guidance   Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Albert Finney, Shirley Anne Field, Rachel Roberts
  • Directors: Karel Reisz
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Bfi Video
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Mar 2009
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NDTA2C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,452 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

This seminal film of the British New Wave was a great box-office success audiences were thrilled by its anti-establishment energy, gritty realism, and above all by its fresh, outspoken working-class hero. In the industrial streets and factories of Nottingham, Arthur Seaton (Albert Finney) spends his days at the factory bench, his evenings in the local pubs and his nights in the arms of Brenda, the wife of a fellow factory worker. Irresistibly handsome and brimming with animal vitality, Arthur is anti-authority and unashamedly amoral. Based on the Alan Sillitoe's largely autobiographical novel, and with powerful central performances, crackling dialogue and a superb jazz score by Johnny Dankworth, the film stands as a vibrant modern classic. Commentary by film historian Robert Murphy, with writer Alan Sillitoe and cinematographer Freddie Francis New interview with Shirley Anne Field Interview with Albert Finney Illustrated booklet containing essays and biographies We Are the Lambeth Boys (1959), Karel Reisz's classic Free Cinema documentary Feature presented with dual mono PCM audio (48k), extras Dolby Digital mono audio (320kbps)

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
After viewing this unashamedly gritty portrayal of British working class life on BLU RAY, you're left with two distinct impressions - one is admiration for the extraordinary restoration work done by the BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE on the newly restored near-faultless print - and second - and more importantly - is sheer astonishment at what a truly fantastic and ballsy film "Saturday Night And Sunday Morning" is.

In 2009 - with our so-called freedom and enlightenment - you'd be hard-pressed to find a movie so darkly truthful and still relevant. Masterpiece is a word that is often overused, but in this case it genuinely applies.

Directed by Karel Reisz in 1960, it was produced by Tony Richardson (who directed "The Loneliness of The Long Distance Runner") and adapted and scripted from his own novel by Alan Sillitoe. Set in the East Midlands, this is a world of downing pints of mild and bitter until you're paralytic drunk, red phone booths with black A/B coin boxes in them, kids getting a bag of Dolly Mixtures sweets in the corner shop, push-up packets of Sweet Afton cigarettes, kettles that boil by whistling because they're on a gas stove and not in an electric socket where they'd bubble, busy bodies with scarves on their heads watching with malicious eyes from tenement doorways for neighbours doing anything immoral...

A young Albert Finney plays defiant loudmouth Arthur Seaton who suffers the late 1950's Nottingham factory all day, because at night and at weekends, he can have his "fun". In his dapper suit and greased-back hair, Arthur is busy juggling another man's wife, drinking and betting.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WORKING CLASS MELODRAMA 14 Nov 2011
By angela
This film about a Nottingham factory worker In 1960 set the bench mark for many northern working class dramas of its type.Its central character is dissatisfied with his life and is having an affair with a co-workers wife,he does not want to settle for convention and just wants a good time.Its written by Alan Sillitoe,from his novel,and stars Albert Finney,Shirley Anne Field and Rachel Roberts Its characters are so brilliantly played by all the actors in this film Its hard to fault in anyway.This marvellous 1960 film In my opinion is one of the best british films ever to be made.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British New Wave cinema at its best 4 Aug 2009
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It's really great to see this classic film available again. It seems to appear and disappear in the BFI catalogues periodically and, though I owned the original VHS release, I missed its last appearance on DVD. It had been some years, then, since I had last watched it but, having seen it again recently, I can say that it is still as superb an example of post-war British cinema as I've seen.

Sillitoe's - and Finney's - Arthur Seaton really captures the mood of much of Britain's working class youth at the time; the fifties and early sixties were a period of relative prosperity, a stark contrast to the privations of the war and its immediate aftermath. There was a complementary liberalisation in social mores to some degree as well, much as had happened during and after the First World War; soldiers returned from the various battle zones with new ideas; the influx of American troops also introduced new concepts - and women and their status began to be viewed differently, by society at large and by women themselves. At the same time, although Seaton is part of this, he hasn't had access to the ideas and education for him to make sense of the changing world and his part in it - he makes flip references to the `Reds' and the Communist Party, but he isn't engaged with politics in anything more than a superficial sense; his comments seem more designed to shock those who steadfastly follow the established order of things.

The boom in consumer goods hasn't filtered down to Arthur's social sphere yet either - he works hard and he has money in his pocket, more money than many of his workmates but his only outlet is booze and sex, which he finds readily available.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST REMEMBERED OF THE 'KITCHEN SINK DRAMAS'! 3 April 2010
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'Saturday Night And Sunday Morning' has to be one of the all-time greats from the 1960s.

This movie is one of the best-remembered of the so-called 'Kitchen Sink Dramas' that would become the trademark of the decade. It was an important film for many of its cast - not least for Rachel Roberts (later to commit suicide) who won a BAFTA for her role in the movie - and for a part she nearly never got! Also; Hylda Baker made her screen debut in this before going on to become a household name in her own sit-coms that would prove highly successful throughout the rest of the decade and early 70s, and for Edna Morris who will always be best-remembered for the trouble-making 'Ma Bull' who for her pains, gets an air pellet right on the backside - a priceless scene that's not to be missed!

'Arthur Seaton' (Albert Finney) is an angry young man who's out for a good time. He's not too bothered whose toes he treads upon - providing he gets what he wants, until that is, he meets 'Doreen' (Shirley Anne Field) who distracts him from a long-term relationship that was going no-where with a married woman. (Rachel Roberts)

This movie will be simply paradise for many as they recall the dingy, but 'homely' houses, smoky pubs, down to earth banter and the neighbours chatting with their hairnets on and arms folded over the garden gate - so many things that for so long now have become but a distant memory for many of us... A perfect capturing of 1960s 'ordinary' Britain forever - simply 'gold'!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 13 days ago by Tracy holden
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Superb DVD, saw original film at cinema.
Published 17 days ago by Jean Colwill
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant dvd. Black & white and sentimental.
Published 1 month ago by annette
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film, captures early 60
Brilliant film,captures early 60,s in nottingham as it was
Published 1 month ago by KEITH BRADLEY
5.0 out of 5 stars Reisz’s Groundbreaking Slice Of Social-Realism
Of course, although Czech-born film-maker Karel Reisz is due much of the credit for this 1960 masterpiece of social realism and its tale of 'anti-everything’ rebel, Albert Finney’s... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Keith M
5.0 out of 5 stars Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (DVD) 1960
I love these old films. especially this one. Funny in parts. Very good actors who keep you glued to the screen.
Published 6 months ago by Patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Brilliant classic northern Brit flick. Albert Finney is brilliant as a typical northern working class bloke in post war 50s/60s Britain. Very funny but with a dark side to it.
Published 6 months ago by happyshopper
Published 7 months ago by HAN XIAO
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
Portrays the real old Nottingham, where I am from, brings back memories, my children could learn a lot from the past, how things have changed.
Published 8 months ago by Stephen Attewell
5.0 out of 5 stars Olden but Golden
Olden but Golden.
Great Christmas present for my farther in law.
A classic old black & white film to watch.
Published 10 months ago by Mr RJP Oliver
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