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336 Ratings

Brighton Rock

Directed by John Boulting
United Kingdom, 1948
Crime, Drama, Thriller


Pinkie Brown is a small-town hoodlum whose gang runs a protection racket based at Brighton race course. When Pinkie orders the murder of a rival, Fred, the police believe it to be suicide. This doesn’t convince Ida Arnold, who was with Fred just before he died, and she sets out to find the truth.

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Brighton Rock Directed by John Boulting
In Brighton Rock, a distinctive 1947 British feature, the slums that harbor such murderous criminality are kept under wraps, cloaked by the blinding, warm, soaking sun. Based on Graham Greene’s 1938 novel of the same name, and directed by John Boulting (producing duties went to Boulting brother Roy, though the two would often switch roles for other films), this superb picture discloses with penetrating clarity an emotional street life teeming beneath the veneer of amusement park gaiety.
January 03, 2018
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Extroverted surface, introverted plot, finally hinging not on solving a crime but working through the spiritual consequences of a suicide pact; Carol Marsh seems a weak link at first, playing what looks like the simpering ingenue role – but only because I’d forgotten, after >20 years, what a touching performance she gives.
November 15, 2014
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The first thing that stands out about BRIGHTON ROCK are its sets: dirty windows that throw light in geometric shapes, wallpaper that resembles a cavern wall, mirrors that seem to foretell danger. The people seem like sets, too. Richard Attenborough’s cocked hat throws a shadow over his face. Every figure looms in the frame like a hundred-foot living statue.
August 07, 2009
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