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The Angry Silence

  • Drama
  • 1960
  • Guy Green
  • 91 mins
  • PG

Summary

A factory worker is suspicious of a new employee who persuades the workforce to go on strike, and so steadfastly refuses to join in the protest. He finds himself an outcast, but is unwilling to back down despite the fierce reprisals from his former friends. Drama, starring Richard Attenborough and Michael Craig.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Although this fascinating melodrama was made decades ago, its attitudes to trade unionism and industrial action are curiously contemporary. Bryan Forbes intelligently explores a range of political issues in his Oscar-nominated screenplay, but the practised rhetoric sounds false in the mouths of the rank and file, and, consequently, the best moments are not the confrontations between strike-breaker Richard Attenborough and his workmates, but those depicting the pressures on his marriage. Attenborough gives a sterling performance, but the acting honours go to Pier Angeli as his distraught wife and Alfred Burke as the devious agent provocateur behind the strike.

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Credits

Cast

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Tom CurtisRichard Attenborough
Anna CurtisPier Angeli
Joe WallaceMichael Craig
Bert ConnollyBernard Lee
TraversAlfred Burke
DavisGeoffrey Keen
MartindaleLaurence Naismith
Sid ThompsonRussell Napier
PatPenelope Horner
GreenMichael Wynne
RobertsNorman Bird
MastersGerald Sim
MickOliver Reed
BrianStephen Lindo

Crew

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DirectorGuy Green

Details

Theatrical distributor
British Lion Film Corp Ltd
Language
English
Guidance
Contains some violence.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
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