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The Angry Silence (1960)

TV-14 | | Drama | 12 December 1960 (USA)
A young factory worker decides to stand up against his workmates and fellow union members when they want to hold a wildcat strike.

Director:

Guy Green

Writers:

Richard Gregson (original treatment for the screen), Michael Craig (original treatment for the screen) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Attenborough ... Tom Curtis
Pier Angeli ... Anna Curtis
Michael Craig ... Joe Wallace
Bernard Lee ... Bert Connolly
Alfred Burke Alfred Burke ... Travers
Penelope Horner ... Pat
Michael Wynne Michael Wynne ... Green
Norman Bird ... Roberts
Gerald Sim ... Masters
Brian Bedford ... Eddie Barrett
Brian Murray ... Gladys
David Jarrett David Jarrett ... Chuck
Oliver Reed ... Mick
Geoffrey Keen ... Davis
Noel Hood Noel Hood ... Miss Bennett
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Storyline

The right of every individual to be different from his fellow man is the theme behind this internationally-hailed, British production. The story tells of a man's dilemma when he refused to participate in an unofficial strike, where he works. While vicious, calculated violence brings the other dissenters into line, he goes it alone and is sent to Coventry (given the silent treatment) by his fellow workers. A stirring, thought-provoking movie that portrays the human problems and high emotions generated when a man dares to act on the courage of his convictions, and dares fight to keep his individual freedom. Written by alfiehitchie

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"if people can't be different, if they take that away from you, there's no point to any of it" See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amargo silencio See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP98,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Beaver Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The previous year, the film "I'm All Right Jack" covered a very similar story-line in a more comic fashion. See more »

Quotes

Tom Curtis: Shut up! Shut up will you! You don't have to worry about not talking to me. I don't want you to talk to me, do you hear? But you stay away from my family. Just stay away from us!
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Referenced in The Golden Gong (1985) See more »

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Rock an' Roll
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Attenborough the actor
25 June 2003 | by didi-5See all my reviews

"The Angry Silence" can be read in two ways: one, it is a pretty accurate depiction of the way union relations were run in the late 1950s and the shadow of the far left; or, it is a propaganda piece for the far right and nothing like the truth. There are strong arguments for both camps to be correct.

What struck me about the film was the central performance from Richard Attenborough as the lone worker standing up against bullying and blackmail from his trade union colleagues. One scene in particular which takes place in the canteen is a masterclass in screen acting of its type, and there are also good scenes between Attenborough and his screen wife, played by Pier Angeli, and his work colleague and lodger, played by Michael Craig.

Bryan Forbes always seemed to be veering off in different directions with the various movies on his CV, and this is an odd one. Whatever your politics, it is a good film and provokes a reaction. Whether the reaction is one which matches the reality has to remain open to question.


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