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A Place to Go (1963)

| Crime, Drama | July 1963 (UK)
In 1960s Britain, a young man employed by a cigarette factory is tired of his working class status and joins a gang planning to rob the factory warehouse.

Director:

Basil Dearden

Writers:

Michael Fisher (novel), Michael Relph (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rita Tushingham ... Catherine Donovan
Michael Sarne Michael Sarne ... Ricky Flint (as Mike Sarne)
Bernard Lee ... Matt Flint
Doris Hare ... Lil Flint
John Slater ... Jack Ellerman
Barbara Ferris ... Betsy
David Andrews David Andrews ... Jim
William Marlowe ... Charlie Batey
Roy Kinnear ... Bunting
Michael Wynne Michael Wynne ... Pug
Jerry Verno Jerry Verno ... Nobby Knowles
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Storyline

Amidst the pub sing-songs and bombsites and with slums giving way to high-rise flats, life in Bethnal Green is changing for the Flints. Dad may decide to quit the docks and their daughter wants a new home with her husband and expected baby. Son Ricky is dissatisfied with his lot and equally eager to get away. Involved with a planned robbery of the cigarette factory where he works, his life becomes even more complicated when he gets involved with quirky Catherine. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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... the punch-up romance of the year ...

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1963 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bethnal Green See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Budget:

GBP155,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of several British films of the early 1960s to be kept on the shelf for a long time after filming was completed; the film was made in 1962, but not released until 1964. It was released less than a month before Basil Dearden's next film, "Woman Of Straw", which he made a year later. See more »

Goofs

When Ricky 'borrows' his brother-in-law's lorry, the front left headlight isn't working. In the next shot it is and then isn't again subsequently.

This is quite possible, but in the UK post WW2 it was a requirement for headlights to operate on a 'dip and out' system where on full beam both lamps were lit, but on dip beam the kerbside lamp was turned off while the off side lamp was dipped but still illuminated. See more »

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Featured in Welsh Greats: Doris Hare (2012) See more »

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A Place to Go
Music and Lyrics by Charles Blackwell
In Collaboration with Michael Sarne (as Mike Sarne)
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Gritty brit flick
27 June 2008 | by souldSee all my reviews

Some excellent and vivid location work around Bethnal Green in London is the setting for this slice of "kitchen sink" life.It portrays a family struggling to keep their heads above the water as the man of the house Bernard Lee loses his job for being too mouthy at work, he then takes to the streets as an escapologist in order to get money for food on the table, quite often embarrassing himself and his family in the process. Meanwhile his son played by 60ts singing star Mike Sarne is fed up being on the breadline and turns to local gangster John Slater to do a robbery at the factory he works at, it goes wrong but he manages to get out of it in a hurry, meanwhile Sarne's love interest played by the lovely Rita Tushingham certainly is'nt an easy catch. All in all a really good slab of realism directed by the excellent Basil Dearden. Recommended.


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