The Angry Silence
|The Angry Silence|
|Directed by||Guy Green|
|Produced by||Richard Attenborough
|Written by||Bryan Forbes
|Music by||Malcolm Arnold|
|Edited by||Anthony Harvey|
|Distributed by||British Lion Film Corporation|
|15 March 1960|
The Angry Silence is a 1960 British drama film directed by Guy Green and starring Richard Attenborough. Screenwriter Bryan Forbes won a BAFTA Award and an Oscar nomination for his contribution (shared with Michael Craig and Richard Gregson). It was also entered into the 10th Berlin International Film Festival.
The film's theme is every man's right to his own individuality. It also offers a portrait of industrial relations in Britain during the time and raises important issues around relationships between employees, managers and owners. The story is about a factory worker who refuses to take part in an unofficial strike and is ostracised by the other workers as a scab. The man, Tom Curtis (Richard Attenborough), faces a painful dilemma when choosing between doing what is morally right - and the choice of his fellow work colleagues - and what is bidden by the rules. He is not persuaded to participate in the strike by violence, as some of the other dissenters, but is given the silent treatment instead. The film is a food-for-thought, provoking drama portraying humanity from a social perspective of group behaviour, and what happens to the one who doesn't follow the rest. And the price that we have to pay for individual freedom. Some have raised doubts however about the politics of the film particularly with regard to the needs or demands of the workers being trivilised. Others suggest that the film is also a reflection of British working class values at the times such as an "English man's home is his castle".
The film is also notable for the early appearance of several actors who later went on to become household names such as Oliver Reed.
- Richard Attenborough as Tom Curtis
- Pier Angeli as Anna Curtis
- Michael Craig as Joe Wallace
- Bernard Lee as Bert Connolly
- Alfred Burke as Travers
- Geoffrey Keen as Davis
- Stephen Lindo as Brian
- Laurence Naismith as Martindale
- Russell Napier as Thompson
- Penelope Horner as Pat
- Brian Bedford as Eddie
- Brian Murray as Gladys
- Norman Bird as Roberts
- Beckett Bould as Arkwright
- Oliver Reed as Mick
- Edna Petrie as Harpy
- Lloyd Pearson as Howarth
- Norman Shelley as Seagrave
- Daniel Farson as Himself
- Alan Whicker as Himself
- Ronald Hines as Ball
- Bernard Horsfall as Pryce-Evans
- Roger Maxwell as Collins
- George Murcell as Jones
- Gerald Sim as Masters
- Marianne Stone as Mavis
Kenneth More was initially considered for the lead role which Richard Attenborough played.
By 1971 the film made an estimated profit of £58,000. After the film's release Richard Attenborough talked about how he went to a screening of the film before a union audience who although initially hostile warmed to the themes of the film.
- Alexander Walker, Hollywood, England, Stein and Day, 1974 p98-101
- "IMDB.com: Awards for The Angry Silence". imdb.com. Retrieved 2010-01-17.
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