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Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 3 April 1961 (USA)
A rebellious, hard-living factory worker juggles relationships with two women, one of whom is married to another man but pregnant with his child.

Director:

Karel Reisz

Writers:

Alan Sillitoe (screenplay by), Alan Sillitoe (adapted from his novel by)
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Won 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 7 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Finney ... Arthur Seaton
Shirley Anne Field ... Doreen
Rachel Roberts ... Brenda
Hylda Baker Hylda Baker ... Aunt Ada
Norman Rossington ... Bert
Bryan Pringle ... Jack
Robert Cawdron ... Robboe
Edna Morris Edna Morris ... Mrs. Bull
Elsie Wagstaff ... Mrs. Seaton (as Elsie Wagstaffe)
Frank Pettitt Frank Pettitt ... Mr. Seaton
Avis Bunnage Avis Bunnage ... Blousy Woman
Colin Blakely ... Loudmouth (as Colin Blakeley)
Irene Richmond Irene Richmond ... Doreen's Mother
Louise Dunn Louise Dunn ... Betty
Anne Blake ... Civil Defence Officer
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Storyline

Arthur, one of Britain's angry young men of the 1960s, is a hardworking factory worker who slaves all week at his mindless job for his modest wages. Come Saturday night, he's off to the pub for a loud and rowdy beer session. With him is Brenda, his girlfriend of the moment. Married to a fellow worker, she is nonetheless captivated by his rugged good looks and his devil-may-care attitude. Soon a new love interest Doreen enters and a week later, Brenda announces she's pregnant. She tells Arthur she needs money for an abortion, and Arthur promises to pay for it. By this time, his relationship with Doreen has ripened and Brenda, hearing of it, confronts him. He denies everything, but it's obvious that their affair is all but over. Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines:

Saturday night you have your fling at life...and Sunday morning you face up to it! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Diana Dors declined the role of Brenda that went to Rachel Roberts. See more »

Goofs

When a drunken man throws a brick through the undertaker's window the sound of breaking glass begins before the bricks hits the window. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Arthur Seaton: Nine hundred and fifty four, nine hundred and fifty bloody five. Another few more and that's the lot for a Friday.
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Connections

Featured in Viewpoint: We the Violent: Part 1 (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Lily of Laguna
(uncredited)
Written by Leslie Stuart
Sung by the customers in the bar
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They don't come much better than this
22 January 2001 | by BritlawSee all my reviews

Albert Finney's first film is set in the North of England in the late 1950s. Times are changing as living standards rise quickly and social attitudes become more flexible - or are they? Whereby, of course, hangs the film. Arthur Seaton is out for a good time within the confines of his life and the film foreshadows attitudes that became prevalent in later decades.

Shot in black and white, probably to give a realstic feel, and the scenes at the fairground are particularly good even today.

I spotted a street and pub near to my home in London used as one of the night exteriors, so although some must have been shot in the grim North, parts of London stood in for Nottingham.

The film is short, pithy and refreshing and even if the central character isn't that nice a guy, your sympathy is with him. British cinema at its best. 8 out of 10 from me.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP100,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$370
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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