Director Karel Reisz’s 1960 adaptation of Alan Sillitoe’s largely autobiographical novel about a hard-living factory worker and the married woman he seduces. Arthur Seaton (Albert Finney) is a young man filled with a rage perhaps even he doesn’t fully understand. Working in the tough environment of a Nottingham factory, he compensates for the drudgery and discipline of his weekday life with weekends spent drinking and womanising. His affair with a fellow factory worker’s wife, Brenda (Rachel Roberts), seems especially ill-advised – particularly when Brenda informs him that she is pregnant with his child. With abortion illegal at the time, Arthur and Brenda face a difficult dilemma. Will Arthur face up to the kind of domestic responsibilities he openly scorns in his own parents, or run harder than ever?
- Commentary by film historian Robert Murphy, author Alan Sillitoe and cinematographer Freddie Francis.
- Interview with actor Shelly Anne Field.
- Interview with Albert Finney (audio only).
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- Region B Blu-ray : Australian compatible.