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Saturday Night and Sunday Morning Details


"All I want is a good time. The rest is propaganda." That's the philosophy of archetypal British "angry young man" Arthur Seaton (Albert Finney). A middle-class working stiff in a dead-end job, Arthur's principal goal in life is to survive the work week, then spend the weekend raising as much hell and drinking as much beer and other liquor as possible. Since pleasure is all that Arthur lives for, he thinks nothing of starting up an affair with the wife (Rachel Roberts) of one of his co-workers (Bryan Pringle). His efforts to secure her an abortion when he gets her pregnant stem not out of concern for her but out of his own selfishness: why should he be tied down with a squalling brat? Despite his carousing and his ongoing desire to escape the dull routine of his weekday existence, Arthur is doomed to perpetuate that routine via his marriage to a complacent "nice" girl (Shirley Ann Field) from his own neighborhood. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:March 15, 1961


Awarded by
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Albert Finney Most Promising Newcomer 1960 Winner
National Board of Review Albert Finney Best Actor 1961 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Karel Reisz Best British Film 1960 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Rachel Roberts Best British Actress 1960 Winner


Albert Finney
as Arthur Seaton
Shirley Ann Field
as Doreen Gretton
Rachel Roberts
as Brenda
Norman Rossington
as Bert
Bryan Pringle
as Jack
Robert Cawdron
as Robboe
Edna Morris
as Mrs. Bull
Elsie Wagstaffe
as Mrs. Seaton
Frank Pettitt
as Mr. Seaton
Avis Bunnage
as Blowsy Woman
Colin Blakely
as Loudmouth
Irene Richmond
as Doreen's Mother
Louise Dunn
as Betty
Anne Blake
as Civil Defense Officer
Peter Madden
as Drunk
Cameron Hall
as Mr. Bull
Alister Williamson
as Police Constable


Karel Reisz
Tony Richardson
Harry Saltzman
Alan Sillitoe
Book Author
Alan Sillitoe
Freddie Francis
Johnny Dankworth
Composer (Music Score)
Johnny Dankworth
Johnny Dankworth
Musical Direction/Supervision
Seth Holt
Barbara Gillett
Costume Designer
Sophie Devine
Costume Designer
Peter Handford
Sound/Sound Designer