Spring and Port Wine


James Mason fails to bring much charisma to this tale of trouble between the generations

Set in a northern mill town and scripted by Bill Naughton (Alfie), this is a dated and tedious tale of generational conflict.

James Mason is a Biblebashing patriarch whose authority is challenged by his daughter’s (Susan George) refusal to eat her plate of herring.

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    • DanielMcA

      Dec 24th 2009, 16:47


      Dated, perhaps, with a, for the most part, frustratingly incommunicable lead in Mason this film nevertheless deserves a better appraisal than Dawson's brief dismissal. There is a wonderful sense of post-war working class life evoked here - terraced houses, furniture in hock, patriarchal domiantion, stifled sexual yearnings. A great cast: George and Mason joined by a boyish Rodney Bewes, Hannah Gordon and even a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance by Arthur Lowe. It's a warm-hearted film that will appeal to many. The ending is sweet without being too sentimental with Mason's stoic, austere Crompton even managing to win your sympathy. Warmly recommended.

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