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Look Back In Anger (1959)

This film version of John Osborne’s landmark play stars Richard Burton as ‘angry young man’ Jimmy Porter, the brooding misogynist trapped in a dreary Midlands town and raging against the fossilised state of British society.

Mary Ure plays his put-upon wife Allison and Claire Bloom gives an icy edge to her friend Helena, the “unmarried Mother Superior” who temporarily takes over from Allison at the ironing board and in Jimmy’s bed.

Director Tony Richardson opened up the play for the screen and softened some of Jimmy’s impotent rage, but the picture still packs a punch.

Jimmy Porter
Richard Burton
Allison Porter
Mary Ure
Claire Bloom

Tony Richardson