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Angry Silence, The (1960)

When he refuses to join an unofficial strike, factory worker Tom Curtis (Richard Attenborough) is ostracised by his workmates and finds enormous strain placed on his wife and young son.

Attenborough gives a sterling performance as Curtis, 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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Although this fascinating melodrama was made over 50 years 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.

Tom Curtis
Richard Attenborough
Anna Curtis
Pier Angeli
Joe Wallace
Michael Craig
Bert Connolly
Bernard Lee
Travers
Alfred Burke
Davis
Geoffrey Keen
Martindale
Laurence Naismith
Sid Thompson
Russell Napier
Pat
Penelope Horner
Green
Michael Wynne
Roberts
Norman Bird
Masters
Gerald Sim
Mick
Oliver Reed
Brian
Stephen Lindo

Director
Guy Green

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