Brighton Rock
Brighton Rock (1947)

Pinky, the psychotic, razor-toting gang leader, romances and marries a teenage waitress in order to keep her silent about one of his nefarious crimes.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 7, 1947
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David Thomson
The New Republic

Anyone interested after seeing this film [the 2011 version] should go straight to the 1947 original and the uncanny way in which the steadily decent and amiable Attenborough was so scary.

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Variety Staff

This tends to prove that Britain can turn out a gangster picture as brutal as any Hollywood had devised.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

A brutal look at the British underworld -- as seen through the amoral eyes of teenaged thug Pinkie Brown, played brilliantly by the 24 year-old Attenborough.

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York

The future Lord Dickie's sinister stylings are what linger, especially the vitriolic audio recording he makes for his betrothed, done as if damnation were the most casual of enterprises.

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Shaun Munro
What Culture

Brighton Rock is a classic example of filmmaking that remains hugely accessible despite its age...

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Chris Cabin

nuanced and subtle

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Vadim Rizov
Village Voice

A seedy noir, equal parts concealed-camera atmosphere and tense set pieces.

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Kent Turner

As brassy, boozy, and blonde entertainer Ida Arnold, [Hermione Baddeley] is a blast of smoky and stale music-hall air.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

Attenborough's Pinky is ... one of the scariest noir villains of all time.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Pierluigi Puccini
Psychopathic gangster Pinkie Brown looks to put an end to suspicion above him, but seems cornered by his actions and his catholic guilt. British noir with… More
Cindy I
Well-done Brit gangster flick in the style of Little Caesar and Public Enemy. Richard Attenborough is creepy as hell as the cold-blooded sociopath Pinky who… More
Lady D'arbanville
An enjoyable film, but the storyline is a little one-dimensional. I have to admit to loathing those weak women portrayed in these type of films, but is… More
Shauna Robinson
Excellent British Gangster classic. Richard Attenborough gives a fantastically menacing performance as mob leader Pinkie Brown, Carol Marsh is also good as the… More
Anthony Lawrie
A great film but I?ve always had issues with the ending. I always thought we shouldn't have ever heard Pinkie in the voice recording booth but should have… More
Stella Dallas
awesome brit gangster classic with a great performance by a young richard attenborough as a chilly psychopath

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