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Not the whole kitchen sink...
Three quarters of the film are wonderful and very realistic, groundbreaking at a time and place (especially Great Britain) where films avoided the everyday struggles and aspirations of ordinary people. However, the film (and novel) fall short in the last scenes. Signoret's character, Alice, is clearly supposed to have unconsciously killed herself over a broken heart, and Joe, Harvey's character, made to feel guilt and then beat up for good measure. It ends in the classic tradition of a melodramatic morality play - you have done wrong, now you will be punished. The film would have been much more believable if Alice had either gone back to her dull life or even run away alone, with Joe coming to realize that he had lost much more than he had gained.
- Jay Harbaugh
This may be the most adult movie ever made, adult in the sense that you have to have been banged up a bit by life inorder to understand the characters' motivations. It's hard now to imagine the revelation that Signoret must have represented to an American audience raised on Doris Day and Sandra Dee. If you keep a bucket list, this should be on it.
Not to be missed
First saw this film shortly after it was released.The story is gripping with themes every adult who has tasted life can relate to.The acting and cinematography are first rate. Black and White were made for this film.I bought it on DVD about 10 years ago. Not to be found today at a reasonable price.Won't lend my copy to anyone. I view it several times a year - it's like a great classic novel.
Room At The Top Is Not To Be Missed
It doesn't get any better than this 1959 British film starring the great Simone Signoret & Laurence Harvey with a wonderful supporting cast including Donald Wolfit, Heather Sears, Hermione Baddeley, Allan Cuthbertson and directed by David Lean. In glorious Black & White the story depicts the class, social and economic structures still in place in post-war Britain against a back-drop of a very viable and interesting love story. A study in ambition, greed and loneliness it tells the story of Joe Lampton, well portrayed by Laurence Harvey, who is a working class bloke from a very grey, poor small town in England who seeks his fortune in a larger but still small factory city where he meets and falls in monetary lust with one and in real love too late with another. Both are distinctly different types of women. One, Susan Brown, delightfully acted by Heather Sears, who is the young daughter of a wealthy factory owner whose money & social position Joe covets and the other, Alice Aisgill, gorgeously portrayed by Simone Signoret, who is an older French woman married to a cad of an upscale English professional gent and is both lonely and needy but most of all willing. Donald Wolfit plays Mr. Brown, Susan's father, Hermione Baddeley is the congenial and understanding Elspeth, Alice Aisgill's friend and confidante and the snobbish Allan Cuthbertson plays George Aisgill, Alice's uncaring husband. All are wonderful in their roles. What ensues is the stuff great novels and films are made of and will keep you glued to your chair until the final scene is played out!
Room at the Top
This movie is a classic...for first time in Bristish cinema there there were actual bed scenes!!!
This Drama on DVD
- Jeffrey Kenison
This movie deserves to be on DVD. It win two Academy Awards including for best actress (Simone Signoret). Besides, I like Laurence Harvey.
I thought this movie was awesome. It kept me guessing until the end. Please TCM put this on DVD. Laurence Harvey was soooo SEXY!!!
Great memories of moveies in my past
I have often talked to friends about really great movies that have moved us at some time in our lives and this is top my list, many many friends would like to view this movie again and again wondeful performances so underated, both amazing actors of this time please please can you find a copy of this movie.
A movie before its time!
- luther mitchell
This was a great movie! I really like simone. She was stunning and beautiful and I fell in love with her. What other movies has she done?
- Jan Major
This movie was very good...very dramatic and engrossing. It had twists in the events that keeps you guessing what will end up happening. Laurence Harvey was a great actor.