Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

Karel Reisz (1960)

PG Certificate


Our Score
At a time when angry young men railed against the injustices of life, Arthur Seaton was the only "kitchen sink" hero to accept that, while life was nasty, brutish and short, you had to make the best of it. And there was no one better to convey that complex mix of cynicism, laddishness and resignation than Albert Finney. The fact that this was only his second film makes it an even more astonishing performance. Both he and Rachel Roberts won Bafta awards, while the film itself took the best British picture honour. Adapting his own novel, Alan Sillitoe draws on his own experiences of factory life, which are given a truly authentic ring by director Karel Reisz, who was making his feature debut after several pioneering Free Cinema documentaries. British films would never be the same again. For the first time, the working classes were treated with respect, not condescension. Finney's belligerence towards authority is as convincing as his touching tenderness towards the married woman (Roberts) he seduces, and, while he may not always live by his words - "What I want is a good time. The rest is all propaganda" - as he conforms to marriage with Shirley Anne Field, the film's affirmation that he can never really be beaten survives. This ground-breaker has lost none of its power.


A Nottingham factory worker rails against authority, while his tangled love life - involving a married woman, her sister and a naive girl - land him in trouble. Drama, starring Albert Finney, Rachel Roberts, Shirley Anne Field and Norman Rossington.

Cast & Crew

Arthur Seaton Albert Finney
Doreen Gretton Shirley Anne Field
Brenda Rachel Roberts (1)
Aunt Ada Hylda Baker
Bert Norman Rossington
Jack Bryan Pringle
Robboe Robert Cawdron
Mrs Bull Edna Morris
Mrs Seaton Elsie Wagstaff
Mr Seaton Frank Pettitt
Director Karel Reisz
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: BFIAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 11 Oct 2002