Look Back in Anger
Drama | English | 98 minutes
Jimmy Porter is a brutally vicious man who vents his anger against Alison, his submissive wife. When Jimmy asks Alison what she wants, she responds, “Peace.” They live in a shabby attic flat with Cliff, Jimmy’s partner running a candy stall in the local market. Tensions between Jimmy and Alison escalate when Alison invites an actress friend, Helena, to stay with them while she’s rehearsing in a play. The same day that Ma Turner, the kind woman who lent Jimmy money to open his candy stall, has a stroke, Alison decides to leave Jimmy and live with her father in his country house. Jimmy learns the reason Alison left him is she was pregnant. Jimmy and Helena begin to fight, but eventually they begin an affair. One day, Jimmy and Helena see Alison sitting alone at the train station, disconsolate. Alison lost the baby. Helena, wracked with guilt, leaves Jimmy. Alison and Jimmy now hope they might be able to reconcile.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 92%
- Metacritic Score: 69
- BAFTA Awards: Nominated, Best British Film; Best British Actor (Richard Burton); Best British Screenplay (Nigel Kneale)
- Golden Globe Awards: Nominated, Best Actor (Richard Burton)
- National Board of Review: Listed, Top Ten Films of the Year
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Richard Burton gives firepower to those famous rant speeches, arias of self-hate and rage that might otherwise be overwhelmingly shrill and petulant.
The fury and hate that John Osborne was able to pack into a flow of violent words in his stage play, LOOK BACK in ANGER, are not only matched but also documented in the film that the original stage director, Tony Richardson, has made from that vicious play.
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