Brighton Rock

Brighton Rock

John Boulting (1947)

PG Certificate


Our Score
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.


A baby-faced teenage gangster charms an impressionable waitress into providing him with an alibi for a murder - but she falls head over heels in love with him, leading to his ultimate downfall. Thriller, based on Graham Greene's novel, starring Richard Attenborough, Hermione Baddeley, William Hartnell and Carol Marsh.

Cast & Crew

Pinkie Brown Richard Attenborough
Ida Arnold Hermione Baddeley
Dallow William Hartnell
Rose Brown Carol Marsh
Cubitt Nigel Stock
Wylie Watson Wylie Watson
Prewitt Harcourt Williams
Phil Corkery George Carney
Colleoni Charles Goldner
Judy Virginia Winter
Frank Reginald Purdell
Director John Boulting
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: BFIGuidance: Some violence. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray