The Stars Look Down
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The Stars Look Down
A. J. Cronin's novel was brought to the screen by director Carol Reed. The film is set in a northern England mining town (far more realistically depicted than the back-lot Welsh village in John Ford's How Green Was My Valley. The parents of Michael Redgrave have labored long and hard so that their son can escape his grimy environs and make something of himself. While away at school, Redgrave is trapped into marriage by Margaret Lockwood, previously the lady friend of ill-tempered Emlyn Williams (the actor was himself a product of the Welsh mining community). When Lockwood and Williams… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Some two decades before the Kitchen Sink cinema of the British New Wave, Carol Reed made this serious, committed film about life in a northern mining community."
‑ , Time Out
"At once topical and enduring, this powerful drama influenced by the social realism of the British documentary greatly enhanced the growing reputation of Reed, then a young director."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A well-mounted piece of filmmaking, with Reed drawing good performances from a talented cast and handling most scenes, particularly the nail-biting tragic/predictable climax, well."
‑ Keith H. Brown, Eye for Film
"There are some gaps where treatment is not on par with dramatic situation."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The classic b/w film is rich in detail and atmosphere of mining life."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"In The Stars Look Down Mr. Reed has made a film to be remembered in this or any other season."
‑ Theodore Strauss, New York Times
"[An] utterly compelling mix of social realism and highly crafted cinematic art."
‑ , Film4
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