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on 30 December 2011
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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on 24 November 2013
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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on 6 March 2013
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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on 19 October 2014
Most sequels don't quite work, but this one does. It helps to have seen the first film, the great 'Room At The Top,' but this does stand up by itself. I always thought that Laurence Harvey was a terrific actor and an electrifying, sexy screen presence, and he's excellent in this, as is most of the cast, with the glaring exception of Margaret Johnson, overacting to the hilt as Michael Craig's wife. The screenplay is tight, the dialogue is sharp and witty, and the black and white image is crisp and beautiful to look at. Some people were't happy that Jean Simmons took over the role created by Heather Sears, but she's a perfect choice, and Sears would have been much too young to pull this off convincingly. If you love the original, you should add this too your collection to complete the story. It's a very good film.
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on 12 October 2012
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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on 15 April 2014
How the material is handled is typical 60s .I thought that Laurence Harvey played the role quite convincingly.So there are no surprises for me as I experienced this period and know exactly what to expect.
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VINE VOICEon 31 October 2011
Not the great sequel to 'Room At The Top' (see my Review for that title) this could have been, and just confirms what I firmly believe (even from years ago) that sequels, trilogies and sagas do not work for me...

It's greatly damaged by the absence of Simone Signoret - a great actress whose character dies in the first movie, and so was to be expected of course, but it also lacks Heather Sears. (the first Susan, because they couldn't get her) She's replaced by another great actress Jean Simmons, but despite this, her role is dreadful... Added to this; and in spite of having many of the original cast - those that were around had had a personality transplant - most notably the characters Susan, and Allan Cuthbertson's 'George' - but even Joe seems different... Not quite sure whose fault this was - the movie-makers - or the Writers? Anyway, not even the amusing Ambrosine Phillpotts who starred in the original film who plays Susan's mother who's still there was one half as 'condescending' - and it all contributed to make it fail...

It's almost two hours long, and every fifteen minutes or so, you think it's going to hit you in the face with some great moments/scenes similar to those that were frequently scattered throughout the first instalment - but you just don't get them - but go on waiting... and waiting... About the only interesting scene is close to the end where the 'new' Susan tells her father to 'get out' and sides with Joe against him - but even that is marred by the fact that it isn't the 'real' Susan. (either by actress or character...)

In summing up; despite having much of the original cast and a familiar batch of new talent in some famous faces such as; Denis Quilley, Honor Blackman, Margaret Johnston, (Johnston in particular who might have perhaps saved this movie if her part had been meatier) Michael Craig and Harry Fowler - it just doesn't work...

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on 29 January 2013
This old film has lost the 'angry young man' earthiness of the film of John Brain's first book 'Room at The Top' (also available in DVD) and a change of cast hasn't helped. Lawrence Harvey's 'northern accent' is on a par with Dick Van Dyke's Cockney accent in Mary Poppins.
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on 25 June 2015
A very good 60`s film with scenes of old halifax,west yorks at start and during, worth a second look......
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on 24 November 2015
An excellent film as a follow up to Room at the Top
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