Looks and Smiles

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Looks and Smiles
Directed by Ken Loach
Produced by Raymond Day
Irving Teitelbaum
Written by Barry Hines
Starring Graham Green
Cinematography Chris Menges
Edited by Stephen Singleton
Release dates
12 September 1981
Running time
104 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Looks and Smiles is a 1981 British drama film directed by Ken Loach. It is based on the novel of the same name, written by Barry Hines. The film was entered into the 1981 Cannes Film Festival, where Loach won the Young Cinema Award.[1]

The film was shot in black-and-white entirely on location in Sheffield.[2]


A disadvantaged young man tries to get by in Margaret Thatcher's England. Writing in his book The Cinema of Ken Loach, Jacob Leigh comments: "Looks and Smiles reveals the depression people felt in the industrial North of England in the 1980s; but it is as depressing as Mick's life. ... Loach's characteristic attention to detail renders the film a period piece."[2]



  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Looks and Smiles". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  2. ^ a b Leigh, Jacob (2002), The Cinema of Ken Loach: he Cinema of Ken Loach: Art in the Service of the People, Wallflower Press, ISBN 978-1903-36432-1, p.130

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