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Look Back in Anger Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Archetypal British "angry young man" Jimmy Porter (Richard Burton) is a college-educated bloke who can't seem to get any better job than working in a candy store. Jimmy's relationship with his wife Alison (Mary Ure) alternates between hugs and kisses when he's feeling good and verbal abuse when he's down on himself, which is often. Alison's best friend Helena Charles (Claire Bloom) advises Alison to escape her injurious marriage. Left with no one for a punching bag, Jimmy romances Helena. Having suffered a miscarriage, Alison returns, and Helena walks out of Jimmy's life. In keeping with its depiction of the dead-end existence of most of England's working poor in the late 1950s, nothing is truly resolved in Look Back in Anger. Playwright John Osborne (at that time married to Mary Ure) uses Jimmy Porter as a spokesman for Osborne's own spleen-venting harangues against the British government and class system. Not only did John Osborne spawn a new genre of British social-protest films, but it also inspired two remakes, both filmed for television. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Tony Richardson Best British Film 1959 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Richard Burton Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1959 Nominee

Cast

Richard Burton
as Jimmy Porter
Claire Bloom
as Helena Charles
Mary Ure
as Alison Porter
Edith Evans
as Mrs. Tanner
Gary Raymond
as Cliff Lewis
Donald Pleasence
as Hurst
George Devine
as Doctor
Walter Hudd
as Actor
Ann Dickins
as Girl A.S.M.
Michael Balfour
Nigel Davenport
John Dearth
Alfred Lynch
Maureen Swanson
Toke Townley
Stanley van Beers
Phyllis Neilson-Terry
as Mrs. Redfern

Crew

Tony Richardson
Director
Harry Saltzman
Producer
John Osborne
Screenwriter
John Osborne
Play Author
Nigel Kneale
Screenwriter
Oswald Morris
Cinematographer
John Addison
Musical Direction/Supervision
John Addison
Composer (Music Score)
Richard Best
Editor
Peter Glazier
Art Director
Jocelyn Rickards
Costume Designer
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