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Saturday Night & Sunday Morning [DVD] [1960] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Albert Finney , Shirley Anne Field , Karel Reisz    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Albert Finney, Shirley Anne Field, Rachel Roberts, Hylda Baker, Norman Rossington
  • Directors: Karel Reisz
  • Writers: Alan Sillitoe
  • Producers: Harry Saltzman, Tony Richardson
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Feb 2002
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005S8KV
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,570 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Saturday Night And Sunday Morning [1960] 18 Jan 2006
Karel Reisz's 1960 classic follows a dissatisfied factory worker Arthur Seaton (Albert Finney) through a difficult time in his life. It is the difficult transition from being an 'Angry Young Man' to a man who accepts the world around him. In his attempt to find satisfaction from his monotonous factory job, Arthur becomes involved with a married woman, Brenda (Rachel Roberts). The film follows their relationship in light of the rules and moral codes present in the late 50's and early 60's, it deals with issues of extra-marital sex and pregnancy. At the time this film was controversial and received a great deal of censorship before it was allowed to be released. The issues may seem dated today but were revolutionary at the time of its release.
The film explores deep concepts such as fatalism and leaves you feeling that life isn't yours to change. This very British film is a good example of 'British New Wave' or 'Brit Grit' cinema, sometimes referred to as 'kitchen sink' drama. However I feel that it is more than this; it is the mother of phrases such as "Don't let the bastards grind you down" and "What I want is a good time. All the rest is propaganda;" phrases that underpin the ethos of the film and make its star, Albert Finney' more than just a rebellious lout. His words sum up the feelings of disillusionment and disquiet of the time and make the film a must see for anyone with an interest in good old working-class British Cinema. The 1997 film 'Nil By Mouth' (Oldman) provides a modern outlook on similar themes. Both films are bleak with intentionally unsatisfactory endings. Definitely worth a look for the thoughtful.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Part of the New Wave British Cinema 26 April 2003
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It was this film which made Albert Finney a household name. He plays Arthur Seaton, a bored young man who works a tedious job in a bicycle factory in Nottingham. Drifting into an affair with a workmate's wife (Rachel Roberts) she becomes pregnant, and he struggles with responsibilities which he doesnt want. He then meets the lovely and shy Doreen (Shirley Anne Field) and embarks on an affair with her as well. At the end, he begins to realise that he has to grow up and face his responsibilities at last. Overall, this is a fine adult film which needs to be seen by a new generation of film buffs in order to understand the social climate which existed as the 1950s drew to a close. Many wonderful actors grace this film, Hylda Baker; Norman Rossington; and others. Although it seems rather dated now, the fine acting by all those concerned make this film what it is; a tribute to the working classes and their struggle to improve their quality of life during the austerity years after World War 2. Needs to be seen on DVD of course, which I understand is due to be released shortly. A tribute also to the New Wave British Cinema which emerged during the mid 1950s.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Saturday night & Sunday morning. 26 Jun 2005
This film will really give the viewer a true taste of the time. It's slightly grubby outlook is truly of the period and portrays the working class exactly as they really were. The pubs & clubs, the boys and girls on a Saturday night, looking to put 40 hours of dirty, boring factory work behind them and hoping for a good time are very true and honest. The violence that is shown was always a feature of a night out in these times. A masterpiece of British Cinema not to be missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars True and thourough 31 Oct 2003
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Format:VHS Tape
This film was made as it was. The factory and working life,living conditions and social life is just as there had been a camera strapped to the back of anyone who went throgh these times. The film is well directed and put in great context. great to see the streets that sadly arnt there anymore, but there is a lot that are . So it can be used historicaly or just as a good alround film with many laughs and a few tears
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A Brilliant film and about as British as they come. Filmed entirely on location in the midlands (Nottingham) at the beginning of the 1960s it documents the life of Arthur Seaton (Finney) and the pure drudgery of the working week where all there is to live for is the weekends; a time to get down the pub and binge drink and, at every opportunity, get to bed his friend's middle aged wife, Brenda. Powerful performances by all the cast, especially Finney who plays the part of Arthur with incredible vitality. It demonstrates how even 40 years ago there were individuals who were unashamedly amoral and against authority of any kind. This film is a classic and a piece of social history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic overlook on the sixties 26 Dec 2003
Black and white film for sure, but it will teach you more about the beginning of the sixties in England than any boring history book.
Albert Finney is splendid and all the other actors are great.
It was just before the Beatles and the Stones and you can almost imagine Pete Townshend starting to write a song saying : "hope I die before I get old ! ".
One of the best british films .
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5.0 out of 5 stars An unexamined, somewhat empty life 26 Sep 2005
By Robert Morris TOP 100 REVIEWER
Throughout the 1950s, a group of young British writers were referred to as "angry young men" because, in their novels and plays, they excoriated what they perceived to be the dominant materialistic values of their society following World War Two. They included playwrights John Osborne and Kingsley Amis and novelists John Braine, John Wain, and Alan Silitoe. This film is based on Silitoe's novel (same title) in which he focuses on Arthur Seaton (brilliantly portrayed by Albert Finney) who endures working in a factory all week so that he can afford to drink and chase women on Saturday evening. He lives (if that's the word) day-to-day, insisting "All I want is a good time. The rest is propaganda." Arthur is intelligent enough to know how to indulge his vices but lacks the wisdom to understand that he is drinking and wenching away what few prospects he has to improve his situation. It is unclear (at least to me) whether or not Arthur really wishes to do so. While continuing an affair with Brenda (Rachel Roberts), the bored and restless wife of his foreman/supervisor Jack (Bryan Pringle), Albert also becomes involved with Doreen Gretton (Shirley Ann Field) whose own ambitions seem limited to getting married and starting a family. Revealing to me is the fact that neither Arthur nor Brenda seems especially concerned about, much less rebellious against the limits imposed on them within their class-based industrial society.

Suffocation is one of the recurring themes in James Joyce's novels and short stories. I was reminded of that recently as I again observed Arthur's self-indulgent hedonism, indifference to the feelings of others, and callous betrayal of what little he has going for him. Sooner than he realizes, there will be only quiet evenings at home on Saturday.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A+
Published 14 days ago by Gordon Sherrard
5.0 out of 5 stars AAA+
What can you say about this true British classic it seems as fresh now as the day it was made , superbly acted and shot a fantastic movie
Published 1 month ago by Philip John Ashford
5.0 out of 5 stars Is this REALLY nearly 100?
Fantastic film. Saw it at the cinema when it came out. But is this dvd really 100? It's a great film but you'd have to be nuts to pay this for it.
Published 10 months ago by stephen
5.0 out of 5 stars home entertainment
to me this is one of the best british movies ever produced exemplifying our home film industry at its best
Published 13 months ago by DUNCAN ARMOUR
Is a British classic. Everyone is familiar with that type of character and know about that severely limited and restricted life which was all the British working man could aspire... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Doreen Langmead
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
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Published 18 months ago by Jennie Prest
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story with acurate historical references, fashion and dialect.
An entertaining and humerous film that depicts the life of a young, carefree factory worker in Nottingham in the 1950's
Published 19 months ago by carol langford
'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'... Read more
Published on 3 April 2010 by FAMOUS NAME
5.0 out of 5 stars The best 60s British Realist Film
You can just feel the fifties about to burst upon the sixties. The pent up frustration is palpable, the pre-war back-to-back values having a fist-fight with the prospect of new... Read more
Published on 29 Nov 2007 by Peter Manning
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