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The Angry Silence (1960)

aka The Angry Silence

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Details: 95 mins · English


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The Angry Silence is a 1960 British drama film directed by Guy Green and starring Richard Attenborough. Screenwriter Bryan Forbes won a BAFTA Award and an Oscar nomination for his contribution (shared with Michael Craig and Richard Gregson). It was also entered into the 10th Berlin International Film Festival.

The theme for this film is every man's right to his own individuality. The story is about a factory worker who refuses to take part in an unofficial strike and is ostracised by the other workers as a scab. The man, Tom Curtis (Richard Attenborough), faces a gruesome dilemma when choosing between doing what is morally right - and the choice of his fellow work colleagues - and what is bidden by the rules. He is not persuaded to participate in the strike by violence, as some of the other dissenters, but is given the silent treatment instead. The film is a food-for-thought, provoking drama portraying humanity from a social perspective of group behaviour, and what happens to the one who doesn't follow the rest. And the price that we have to pay for individual freedom.