Theatrical Release Date: TBC
Home Ent. Release Date: 30 Aug 2009
Tony Richardson's first film is this adaptation of John Osborne's landmark play, Look back in Anger. Richard Burton stars as the disenchanted Jimmy Porter, a university graduate from a working-class background, currently working the mundane job of running a candy stall on the street by day with his partner Cliff, and playing jazz at night. He shares a flat with wife Alison and Cliff, and spends much of his time venting his spleen against the British class system, conventional society, the couple's poverty, his wife's upper-crust family, and, most of all, his wife and himself, among a wide array of targets. After a particularly intense outburst of anger on Jimmy's part, Alison's actress friend Helena suggests that she leave Jimmy, and she does, going to live with her father. Burton gives arguably his best performance on film as the loud and obnoxious Jimmy Porter, backed by a powerhouse supporting cast that includes Edith Evans and Donald Pleasence. Richardson is brilliant in his film debut, keeping the camera close enough to tell which barbs are really landing in these wounded characters.