Brighton Rock

  • PG
  • John Boulting (1947)
  • UK
  • 88 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Released in America as Young Scarface, this is one of the most sinister crime films ever made in Britain and, but for several cuts by the censor, it would also have been one of the most shocking. However, Graham Greene, scripting from his own novel (not in collaboration with Terence Rattigan as many sources state), also drew some of the film's teeth by allowing gullible waitress Rose the faint hope that her malicious husband might love her after all - a contrivance that was given a glutinously spiritual slant by director John Boulting. Richard Attenborough (as Pinkie the teenage gangster) turns in the best performance of his career, and he is magnificently supported by William Hartnell and the underrated Carol Marsh as Rose.

Plot Summary

Crime drama based on Graham Greene's novel, starring Richard Attenborough, Hermione Baddeley and William Hartnell. Daily Messenger journalist Kolley Kibber arrives in Brighton, where his paper is offering a cash prize to the first member of the public to spot him. However, the members of a gang led by ruthless delinquent Pinkie Brown believe he murdered one of their number and are hot on his trail.

Cast and crew

Cast

Pinkie Brown
Richard Attenborough
Ida Arnold
Hermione Baddeley
Dallow
William Hartnell
Rose
Carol Marsh
Cubitt
Nigel Stock
Spicer
Wylie Watson
Prewitt
Harcourt Williams
Fred Hale / Kolley Kibber
Alan Wheatley
Phil Corkery
George Carney
Colleoni
Charles Goldner
Judy
Virginia Winter
Frank
Reginald Purdell

Crew

Director
John Boulting

Other Information

Language: 
English
Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
BFI
Guidance: 
Some violence.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 17 May 2002
Certificate PG
Categories
Drama