7.3/10
1,581
29 user 12 critic

The L-Shaped Room (1962)

A single, pregnant woman moves into a London boarding house where she meets a group of fellow misfits.

Director:

Bryan Forbes

Writers:

Lynne Reid Banks (based on an original novel by), Bryan Forbes (written for the screen by)
Reviews
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Elderly Mrs. Ross lives alone in her meager flat, scraping by on government assistance even as she claims to have great wealth. After finding stolen money she is victimized, making it necessary to find her support in her declining years.

Director: Bryan Forbes
Stars: Edith Evans, Nanette Newman, Harry Baird
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A medium and her husband stage a kidnapping in order for her to pretend to solve the crime and achieve fame.

Director: Bryan Forbes
Stars: Kim Stanley, Richard Attenborough, Margaret Lacey
Lili (1953)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An orphaned young woman becomes part of a puppet act and forms a relationship with the anti-social puppeteer.

Director: Charles Walters
Stars: Leslie Caron, Mel Ferrer, Jean-Pierre Aumont
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

When an injured wife murderer takes refuge on a remote Lancashire farm, the owners three children mistakenly believe him to be the Second Coming of Christ.

Director: Bryan Forbes
Stars: Alan Bates, Bernard Lee, Norman Bird
King Rat (1965)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Fast-taking wheeler-dealer Corporal King (George Segal), in a Malaysian P.O.W. camp during World War II, uses bribery and larceny to take de facto control of the camp from his senior officers.

Director: Bryan Forbes
Stars: George Segal, Tom Courtenay, James Fox
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Film screenwriter Jake Armitage and his wife Jo Armitage live in London with six of Jo's eight children, with the two eldest boys at boarding school. The children are spread over Jo's three... See full summary »

Director: Jack Clayton
Stars: Anne Bancroft, Peter Finch, James Mason
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

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
Stars: Richard Attenborough, Pier Angeli, Michael Craig
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A disillusioned, angry university graduate comes to terms with his grudge against middle-class life and values.

Director: Tony Richardson
Stars: Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Mary Ure
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

After his girlfriend's pregnancy forces him to marry her, a young man must adjust to his new life and contend with his domineering mother-in-law.

Director: John Schlesinger
Stars: Alan Bates, June Ritchie, Thora Hird
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The compère of a seedy strip club struggles to keep one step ahead of the bookies to whom he owes money.

Director: Ken Hughes
Stars: Anthony Newley, Julia Foster, Robert Stephens
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A pregnant teenage girl must fend for herself when her mother remarries, leaving the girl with only a new male friend for support.

Director: Tony Richardson
Stars: Rita Tushingham, Dora Bryan, Robert Stephens
Poor Cow (1967)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A young woman lives a life filled with bad choices. She marries and has a child with an abusive thief at a young age who quickly ends up in prison. Left alone she takes up with his mate (... See full summary »

Director: Ken Loach
Stars: Terence Stamp, Carol White, John Bindon
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leslie Caron ... Jane
Anthony Booth ... Youth in Street
Avis Bunnage Avis Bunnage ... Doris
Patricia Phoenix Patricia Phoenix ... Sonia
Verity Edmett Verity Edmett ... Jane II
Tom Bell ... Toby
Cicely Courtneidge ... Mavis
Harry Locke ... Newsagent
Ellen Dryden ... Girl in Newsagent's
Emlyn Williams ... Dr. Weaver
Jennifer White Jennifer White ... Monica
Brock Peters ... Johnny
Gerry Duggan Gerry Duggan ... Bert
Joan Ingram Joan Ingram ... Woman in Park
Mark Eden ... Terry
Edit

Storyline

Jane, a young French woman, pregnant and unmarried, takes a room in a seedy London boarding house, which is inhabited by an assortment of misfits. She considers getting an abortion, but is unhappy with this solution. She falls into a relationship with Toby, a struggling young writer who lives on the first floor. Eventually she comes to like her odd room, and makes friends with all the strange people in the house. But she still faces two problems: what to do with her baby, and what to do with Toby. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

"Sex is not a forbidden word!"

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 1962 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Das indiskrete Zimmer See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Gerald Sim (Doctor in Hospital) was the brother-in-law of producer Sir Richard Attenborough. See more »

Goofs

When Toby is in Jane's room for the first time, he picks up a bottle of wine, trying to get her to offer him some. He crosses the room and sets the bottle down on the mantle to the right of a vase, but, in the next shot, the bottle is on the left of the vase. See more »

Quotes

Toby: I sold an article last week: "How to Make Friends With Your Dog and Influence People."
See more »

Connections

Featured in Empire of the Censors (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Mountain Desperadoes
(uncredited)
Music by Paul Sawtell
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Top Drawer British Realism
13 July 2008 | by mackjay2See all my reviews

One of the best of the so-called "kitchen-sink" films, THE L-SHAPED ROOM is nearly perfect. The set decoration probably deserved an award for the way it evokes, with poetry, the incredibly realistic environment of a down-and-out London rooming house. As many commentators have noted, this film avoids clichés and gives us real-seeming characters played by gifted actors. There is not a single weak link in the cast, with Tom Bell, Avis Bunnage, Brock Peters, Cicely Courtneige among others providing so many memorable moments. At the heart of the film is Leslie Caron in an award-nominated performance that is not likely to be forgotten by anyone who sees it. This is a performance that elicits true feeling, done with a kind of invisible artistry, so it seems completely real. Bryan Forbes, one of Britain's finest directors of the period, paces the film well, relying on Caron and others to fill what may have been longueurs with true meaning. The only criticism is the use of the Brahms First Piano Concerto in the soundtrack. The surging romanticism, while appealing in itself, doesn't fit very well with the mood of the film, apart from a couple of quiet scenes. It's certainly not a big problem, only it seems an odd musical choice. A deeply affecting, unforgettable film.


14 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 29 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed