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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Jeremy Carr

Based on Graham Greene's 1938 novel of the same name, and directed by John Boulting...this superb picture discloses with penetrating clarity an emotional street life teeming beneath the veneer of amusement park gaiety.

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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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Vadim Rizov
Village Voice

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

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CA Lejeune
Observer (UK)

Brighton Rock is a splendid bit of picture-making.

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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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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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Graham Fuller

Although the movie depicts Brighton's masses at play in the sun, its true world is that of film noir.

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TV 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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Flixster Audience Score: 85% 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
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
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
Stella Dallas
awesome brit gangster classic with a great performance by a young richard attenborough as a chilly psychopath
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
Sarah Gaish
Pinkie Brown (Richard Attenborough) is a small town hoodlum who's gang run a protection racket based at Brighton race course. When Pinkie orders the murder… More

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