Room at the Top

Room at the Top

Jack Clayton (1958)

12 Certificate


Our Score
A gritty, trenchant film that burst upon the late 1950s and stirred a hornet's nest of controversy for its treatment of sex as passionate rather than a merely procreative exercise. Laurence Harvey is at his manipulative, lizard-like best as the ambitious antihero of John Braine's novel, with Oscar-winning Simone Signoret glorious and sexy as his ill-fated mistress. For once, the north is portrayed as a shade more complicated than previous "flat cap and whippet" outings had shown, in a movie that perfectly captures the gradual demise of Victorian morality and traditional class culture. You can almost smell the coming of the 1960s in the air.


A ruthless young man uses and abuses women in his determination to get to the top of his profession. Drama, starring Laurence Harvey and Simone Signoret.

Cast & Crew

Actor Laurence Harvey
Actor Simone Signoret
Actor Heather Sears
Director Jack Clayton

Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video and DVD