Scratch the surface of the angry young man and you'll find a luvvie dying to get out. Sure, kitchen-sink drama cracked theatre open in the '50s, and impacted on films such as Saturday Night And Sunday Morning. But Tony Richardson's 1960 adaptation of play-scribe John Osborne's follow-up to Look Back In Anger feels just too sentimental and stagey.
As music-hall failure Archie Rice, Laurence Olivier gives a coruscating study in decline and fall. He's just about matched, too, by Brenda De Banzie as his long-suffering wife, the pair of them propelled along by an assertive, in-your-face shooting style. As impressive as the leads are, however, the film suffers because everything is overstated and enunciated to the nth degree. More a record of a defining moment in theatre than a standalone movie.