Brighton Rock

February 4th, 2011


Brighton Rock

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Charts the headlong fall of Pinkie, a razor-wielding disadvantaged teenager with a religious death wish.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 5.7/10 (2,209 voted)

Critic's Score: 57/100

Director: Rowan Joffe

Stars: Sam Riley, Andrea Riseborough, Helen Mirren

An adaptation of Graham Greene's classic novel about a small-town hood who marries a waitress who witnessed him murdering a rival thug in order to keep her quiet. As his gang begins to doubt his abilities, the man becomes more desperate and violent.

Writers: Rowan Joffe, Graham Greene

Sam Riley - Pinkie
Andrea Riseborough - Rose
Helen Mirren - Ida
John Hurt - Phil Corkery
Philip Davis - Spicer
Nonso Anozie - Dallow
Craig Parkinson - Cubitt
Andy Serkis - Colleoni
Sean Harris - Hale
Geoff Bell - Kite
Steven Robertson - Crab
Maurice Roëves - Chief Inspector
Steve Evets - Mr Wilson
Francis Magee - Pavement Photographer
Adrian Schiller - Registrar


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 4 February 2011

Filming Locations: Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $12,000,000 (estimated)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Carey Mulligan was cast as Rose, but was replaced by Andrea Riseborough after Mulligan dropped out to do Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

User Review

Why Make This Again?

Rating: 2/10

I went to see this version of Brighton Rock with my mum. She was keen to see how it matched up to the original Boulting Brothers film with Richard Attenborough. She and I were both disappointed.

I was actually really rather bored for the first half and wanted to run out of the cinema screaming. It seemed to take for ever to get going.

There were no characters I could empathise with. Rose who falls for bad boy Pinkie seemed too dim and snivelling to care about and Pinkie had so little charm I couldn't care less what happened to him. The actor Sam Riley's maturity (around 30)was against him playing the role of Pinkie, who I realised long into the film was meant to be in his teens.

I thought that, perhaps the story, wasn't for me.... My mum kept on that it wasn't as good as the "classic" original. So I thought I'd find out for myself and got hold of a DVD. Was she right? Yes. Although by no means perfect it had a robust sense of what it was: a British noir gangster film. Set in 1940s, shot in stark black and white it was gritty and hard and menacing.

Whereas the look and feel of this version seemed to be at odds with the subject matter. In it's attempt to be lavish, this production, up-dated to the 60s seemed at times too clean and shiny. On the other hand, at other times it was unrealistically grubby : Rose's home - a 60s socail housing tower block, which would in reality have been spanking new, was dressed down to look disgustingly filthy and run down.

These kinds of inconsitencies popped up not just in the design, but throughout the music, the camera-work and the diercting of the actors. The pacing of seemed to jump from set piece to set piece without a sense of flow or overall tone. The separate elements of the film didn't gel. The best description I can come up with is "clonky". In fact, I'd go further and say it is a ham fisted mishmash.

Sorry to the filmmakers, I think you wasted a lot of effort on this. which is a shame.


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