Jimmy Porter, a disillusioned, angry university graduate has a wife from an upper-middle class background, Alison, and runs a sweet stall. He mistreats Alison and she leaves. Jimmy will have to come to terms with his grudge against middle-class life and values…
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Ridiculously well directed, fantastically photographed, and gorgeous jazzy soundtrack. Richard Burton is fucking off his head. He is so phenomenal it's almost scary. I can only imagine the intensity and the human electricity that must've surrounded the shooting of that film.
Prefer this one to 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'. From envious misanthropy breeding estrangement to intense gender-based sparring, from class tensions to fraught social politics and so much more... Richardson is arguably a forgotten master of British cinema, just as Godard and Truffaut were in cruise control over the pond.
My god, Burton just fucking kills it. He's just in that zone that actors rarely get in. Yes hes incredibly too old to play a recent college grad, but who cares. This is legit stuff here. Best kitchen sink film, easily. Long Distance Runner and Sporting Life are close though. Still getting over this one. I was spellbound. 5 stars
Ah Claire Bloom, her beauty and loveliness never dims. Burton's performance although brilliant seemed a little over the top at times.
So sad that the beautiful Mary Ure died after taking an accidental overdose at the age of 42 in 1975.
Fear the wrath of a willing able man hamstrung by his own loathsome charms, consumed by contempt for the leisure-seeking classes. Sleek squirrels they may be. Worker bees they are not. Richardson's approach to the British class divide resonates louder than ever. Thanks to Burton's incandescent performance, the film has lost none of its fever and fury over the years.
A beautifully crafted film, with one glaring flaw: Richard Burton is miscast. Ten years too old for his character (his housemate looks like his little brother), his thespianism jars against the dialogue's insistance that he is married above his station (but below his intellect). The rages are nevertheless memorable - those glittering, spiteful eyes - and the other cast members inhabit their roles more plausibly.