Man at the Top (film)
|Man at the Top|
|Directed by||Mike Vardy|
|Produced by||Peter Charlesworth|
|Written by||John Junkin|
|Music by||Roy Budd|
|Edited by||Chris Barnes|
Man at the Top is a 1973 British drama film directed by Mike Vardy and starring Kenneth Haigh, spun off from the television series Man at the Top which itself was inspired by the 1959 film Room at the Top and its sequel Life at the Top.
Joe Lampton is promoted to managing director of a pharmaceutical company, and becomes involved with Lord Ackerman, the powerful chairman, who is also his father-in-law. But Joe makes a shocking discovery: his predecessor committed suicide because of his involvement in a drug that left 1000 African women sterile. Joe threatens to reveal all to the press, while Lord Ackerman seeks to persuade him otherwise, by offering him promotion to Chief Executive.
- Kenneth Haigh as Joe Lampton
- Nanette Newman as Lady Alex Ackerman
- Harry Andrews as Lord Ackerman
- William Lucas as Marshall
- Clive Swift as Massey
- Paul Williamson as Tarrant
- John Collin as Wisbech
- John Quentin as Digby
- Danny Sewell as Weston
- Charlie Williams as George Harvey
- Anne Cunningham as Mrs. Harvey
- Angela Bruce as Joyce
- Margaret Heald as Eileen
- Norma West as Sarah Tarrant
- John Conteh as Boxer
Shooting took place from 3 March to 7 April 1973.
The film was not a success at the box office.
Monthly Film Bulletin said it was "too much like an episode of a TV series stretched to feature length".
"Network on Air" noted the film as, "offering a grittier treatment than the 1959 film adaptation and the subsequent television series".
- "Man at the Top | BFI | BFI". Explore.bfi.org.uk. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
- Tom Johnson and Deborah Del Vecchio, Hammer Films: An Exhaustive Filmography, McFarland, 1996 p369
- MAN AT THE TOP Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 40, Iss. 468, (Jan 1, 1973): 208.
- "> Man at the Top". Network ON AIR. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
- "Man at the Top (1973) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast". AllMovie. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
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