The Angry Silence

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The Angry Silence
The Angry Silence FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Guy Green
Produced by Richard Attenborough
Bryan Forbes
Jack Rix
Starring Richard Attenborough
Pier Angeli
Michael Craig
Bernard Lee
Music by Malcolm Arnold
Cinematography Arthur Ibbetson
Edited by Anthony Harvey
Distributed by British Lion Film Corporation
Release dates 15 March 1960
Running time 95 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £97,000[1]

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.[2]

The theme for this film is every man's right to his own individuality. 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.[3]



Kenneth More was initially considered for the lead role which Richard Attenborough played.


By 1971 the film made an estimated profit of £58,000.[1]


  1. ^ a b Alexander Walker, Hollywood, England, Stein and Day, 1974 p98-101
  2. ^ " Awards for The Angry Silence". Retrieved 2010-01-17. 
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