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.