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Look Back in Anger (Woodfall 1959, Richard Burton, Claire Bloom)



Influential British kitchen-sink” drama Look Back in Anger, directed in gritty black and white by Tony Richardson (Tom Jones) and based on a hugely successful play by John Osborne, follows the apparently doomed marriage of an English couple, Jimmy and Allison Porter.

Richard Burton gives a stunning performance as Jimmy, a role that showed audiences he could perform on screen without the aid of historic armour. Look Back in Anger served as a seminal part of Britain’s “Angry Young Man” movement of theatrical dramas, novels and films and heralded the beginning of the England’s “New Wave cinema.”

Look Back in Anger was Richardson’s first feature for his newly formed Woodfall Films production company.

production details
UK | Woodfall – Warner Bros | 98 minutes | 1959

Director: Tony Richardson
Script: John Osborne, Nigel Kneale

Richard Burton as Jimmy Porter
Mary Ure as Alison Porter
Edith Evans as Mrs. Tanner
Glen Byam Shaw as Colonel Redfern
Phyllis Neilson-Terry as Mrs Redfern
Donald Pleasence as Hurst
George Devine as Doctor
Nigel Davenport as 1st Commercial Traveller
Alfred Lynch as 2nd Commercial Traveller
Walter Hudd as Actor
Claire Bloom as Helena Charles
Gary Raymond as Cliff Lewis
Toke Townley as Spectacled Man
S.P. Kapoor as Kapoor
Jane Eccles as Miss Drury
John Dearth as Pet Stall Man
Anne Dickins as Girl ASM
Bernice Swanson as Sally