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Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 3 April 1961 (USA)
A rebellious, hard-living factory worker juggles relationships with two women, one of whom is married to another man but pregnant with his child.

Director:

Karel Reisz

Writers:

Alan Sillitoe (screenplay by), Alan Sillitoe (adapted from his novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Finney ... Arthur Seaton
Shirley Anne Field ... Doreen
Rachel Roberts ... Brenda
Hylda Baker Hylda Baker ... Aunt Ada
Norman Rossington ... Bert
Bryan Pringle ... Jack
Robert Cawdron ... Robboe
Edna Morris Edna Morris ... Mrs. Bull
Elsie Wagstaff ... Mrs. Seaton (as Elsie Wagstaffe)
Frank Pettitt Frank Pettitt ... Mr. Seaton
Avis Bunnage Avis Bunnage ... Blousy Woman
Colin Blakely ... Loudmouth (as Colin Blakeley)
Irene Richmond Irene Richmond ... Doreen's Mother
Louise Dunn Louise Dunn ... Betty
Anne Blake ... Civil Defence Officer
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Arthur, one of Britain's angry young men of the 1960s, is a hardworking factory worker who slaves all week at his mindless job for his modest wages. Come Saturday night, he's off to the pub for a loud and rowdy beer session. With him is Brenda, his girlfriend of the moment. Married to a fellow worker, she is nonetheless captivated by his rugged good looks and his devil-may-care attitude. Soon a new love interest Doreen enters and a week later, Brenda announces she's pregnant. She tells Arthur she needs money for an abortion, and Arthur promises to pay for it. By this time, his relationship with Doreen has ripened and Brenda, hearing of it, confronts him. He denies everything, but it's obvious that their affair is all but over. Written by alfiehitchie

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lauantai-illasta sunnuntaiaamuun See more »

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Budget:

£100,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The censors were not too keen on the scene where Arthur wakes up on Sunday morning in bed with his mistress as the scene directly implies extra-marital sex, a notable first for British cinema. See more »

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[first lines]
Arthur Seaton: Nine hundred and fifty four, nine hundred and fifty bloody five. Another few more and that's the lot for a Friday.
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References Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959) See more »

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What Do You Want?
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Written by Les Vandyke (pseudonym of Johnny Worth)
Sung by Barry Mason
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Working Class Hero
30 November 2007 | by st-shotSee all my reviews

Albert Finney is a rebel without a cause in this Kitchen Sink entry from 1960 that depicts the mind numbing existence of the British factory worker. Seaton is a hard worker but also a smart ass that rubs his work supervisor ( who calls him a Red ) and neighbors the wrong way. He is also sleeping with a co-workers wife.

Albert Finney as the surly Seaton is uncomfortably excellent. His bitter tone and attitude cuts like a power saw. Sooner or later his arrogance will be rewarded and you can't wait. He does display a tender side occasionally with Brenda the married woman but the softness is soon washed away as he rails against the system and his predicament. He is also a world class beer drinker which makes him even more unpleasant as he insults pub patrons and takes a nasty fall down a flight of stairs, only to lie there smiling. Pain is a major source of his existence and rowdy nights out like this serve in a perverse way to blunt it.

Director Karel Reisz moves the storyline along at a rapid pace capturing the grim existence of row house living and deafening factory work. It is a world of gray skies and defeated characters trying to make the best of what they have. They are not the "Happy Breed" of generations past.

Made in the first year of the tumultuous decade that changed the world forever Night is pretty tame by today's standards. But in it's day it was condemned by the Catholic Church for its blatant immorality. One might venture that it had an influence on John Lennon who wrote "Working Class Hero" and on many occasions was witnessed to act like the unctuous Seaton in his life. It might also be argued that Seaton was a prototype for the futuristic angry young man Alex the Droog in Clockwork Orange.

Betty Ann Field, Hylda Baker and Norman Rossington make up a convincing supporting cast in ably assisting Reisz in the world he depicts. Rachel Roberts is outstanding as the tragic Brenda. Smitten with Arthur and doomed by her predicament she perfectly conveys her situation with a tawdry lack of glamor.

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning may be an unpleasant film but it is a powerful and important one.


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