It Always Rains on Sunday
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It Always Rains on Sunday
After the war, British films began avoiding the heiresses and lordships that had dominated the drama field and began pursuing "realism" -- which often was just as artificial as the earlier white-telephone pictures. John McCallum plays Tommy Swann, a product of the working class who tries to better himself by becoming a criminal. Escaping from prison, Swann hides out in the East London home of his former mistress Rose (Googie Withers), who has since married George Sandigate (Edward Chapman). The film is told from Swann's point-of-view, and a dismal view that is. Nor does Rose seem… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Hamer's artful and iconoclastic film mixes a day in the life of a working-class family with a startling prison-break melodrama."
‑ Michael Sragow, New Yorker
"A real gem."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"This saga of interconnecting lives is one of Ealing's more successful non-comedies."
‑ Tony Sloman, Radio Times
"A terrific sense of atmospheric foreboding is contributed by Douglas Slocombe's noirish cinematography and Georges Auric's fate-filled score."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"The emotions, atmosphere and humour still ring true..."
‑ , Film4
"A resolutely downbeat - remarkably so for Ealing Studios - account of a day in the life of Bethnal Green..."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out
"[Hamer] shows a fluency with noir's shadowy visual vocabulary, but what really links this to the genre is its sense of haunting regret and lost opportunity."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"A film as good as, and arguably better than, anything comparable being made at the time on the continent or in the States."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"The drama is managed without condescension and with enormous skill."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"This is a mostly forgotten gem."
‑ Joel Brown, Boston Globe
"Offers some nicely authentic backgrounds, an expert performance by Googie Withers and a breathtaking finale. But the net effect is disappointing."
‑ , New York Times
"A breathtaking melange of romance and crime drama. A British classic."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"Depicts a drab, austerity-era East London of pinched lives and petty crime."
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
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