Brighton Rock (1947)

1947 Brighton Rock Movie Film Cinema Poster ArtBrighton Rock takes the US noir thriller formula and blends it with a strikingly bleak vision of an English seaside town in the 1930s.

John Boulting’s adaptation of Graham Greene’s classic novel stakes its claim as one of the darkest films ever to be made in England. The film may well stray from Greene’s novel, but this is one of the finest examples of British cinema ever to grace the screen.

As the evil yet painfully tortured villain, Richard Attenborough is fantastic, so tightly coiled that he looks as though he’s ready to jump off-screen at any moment. The complexity of his character is only deepened by Harry Waxman’s oppressive cinematography; full of uncomfortable close-ups, and ominous zooms which turns the sunny seaside town of Brighton, England, into one of the lower levels of hell.


You can find more information on this British movie on Wikipedia and IMDb.

As always, we recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers or watching this clip:


Title: Brighton Rock

Language: English

Direction: John Boulting

Screenplay: Graham Greene

Cinematography: Harry Waxman

Editing: Peter Graham Scott

Score: Hans May

Stars: Richard Attenborough, Hermione Baddeley, William Hartnell, Carol Marsh, Harcourt Williams, Wylie Watson, Nigel Stock, Victoria Winter, Reginald Purdell, George Carney, Charles Goldner, Alan Wheatley, Lina Barrie, Joan Sterndale-Bennett, Harry Ross, Campbell Copelin, Marianne Stone, Norman Watson, Ronald Shiner


Full Acting Cast and Roles


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