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Flame in the Streets (1961)

Not Rated | | Drama | 15 September 1961 (Ireland)
During the 1960s in Britain, tense race relations between whites and blacks are affecting the workplace, the family, the dating scene, and the society at large.

Director:

Roy Ward Baker (as Roy Baker)

Writers:

Ted Willis (screenplay), Ted Willis (story)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Mills ... Jacko Palmer
Sylvia Syms ... Kathie Palmer
Brenda de Banzie ... Nell Palmer
Earl Cameron ... Gabriel Gomez
Johnny Sekka ... Peter Lincoln
Ann Lynn ... Judy Gomez
Wilfrid Brambell ... Mr. Palmer senior
Meredith Edwards ... Harry Mitchell
Newton Blick Newton Blick ... Visser
Glyn Houston ... Hugh Davies
Michael Wynne Michael Wynne ... Les
Dan Jackson Dan Jackson ... Jubilee
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... Dowell
Gretchen Franklin Gretchen Franklin ... Mrs. Bingham
Harry Baird ... Billy
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Storyline

A union leader in a large company tries to win equal rights for the handful of West Indian workers at the company, but finds it is an uphill battle. After being successful, and rightly proud of his efforts, he finds that he and his wife have a difficult time coming to terms with the fact that his only daughter intends to marry a West Indian. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1961 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Flacari pe strazi See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (USA release)| Color (Eastmancolor) (UK prints)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Sir John Mills and Brenda de Banzie appeared in Hobson's Choice (1954). See more »

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Sort of like a British version of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner".
27 March 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film is a very enjoyable and courageous film about racism in London in the early 1960s. Apparently, there was a lot of negative feeling towards West Indians living there--and it's all quite similar to the feelings in much of the US at the same time.

The first portion of the film involves workers and their union. A major problem is that a lot of white workers are resentful of blacks--especially when they are placed in positions of authority. One of the union reps, Jacko Palmer (John Mills), believes in promoting people according to their merits--and goes to bat for these people.

Ironically, at the same time this is happening, Jocko's daughter is dating a Jamaican man. She is uneasy about how people will treat her but she loves the man and wants to marry him. When she tells her 'liberal-minded family', they show themselves to by hypocritical butt-heads--and the mother is truly vile in the way she talks about blacks and shows herself to be a shameful mother. How is all this to work out by the end of the film?

I liked the film and appreciate that it didn't pull its punches. I love "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" but at times it did seem a bit too sanitary and 'nice'. In contrast, this British film used extremely disturbing and graphic language--and better showed the ugliness of racism. Well worth seeing.


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