West 11

West 11

Michael Winner (1963)

X Certificate


Our Score
Michael Winner's skirmish with British social realism shows what life was like in the bedsits of Notting Hill, years before Julia Roberts showed up. Among the cast are Alfred Lynch as a drifter, Eric Portman as a cashiered officer and Diana Dors as a lonely heart. The script is mostly a series of loosely connected sketches, though the film's sole virtue nowadays is the location camerawork of Otto Heller that captures the then peeling and shabbily converted Regency houses that were riddled with dry rot and Rachmanism, which exchanged squalor for extortionate rents. Stanley Black and Acker Bilk's music adds a cloying note to a movie that rarely rises above basement level.

Cast & Crew

Joe Beckett Alfred Lynch
Ilsa Barnes Kathleen Breck
Richard Dyce Eric Portman
Georgia Diana Dors
Mrs Beckett Kathleen Harrison
Mr Cash Finlay Currie
Father Hogan Patrick Wymark
Mrs Hartley Freda Jackson
Director Michael Winner
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Dial Films LtdAvailable on: DVD