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Brighton Rock

Rated R 111 min. 2011

It's 1964 and there's a gang war in Brighton, on the south coast of England, where a chilly teen sociopath named Pinky Brown (Sam Riley) is determined to end up top dog. The 1947 version, which launched the career of Richard Attenborough, is a British film noir classic. This one, which debuted at last year's London Film Festival and has taken its time arriving stateside, has much to recommend it. Writer director Rowan Joffe has updated the action to the mods and rockers era and clarified the shifting turf loyalties, and carved a sharp edge not just on Pinky's sadism (with all the needless gore modern special effects can provide) but also, on the flip side, the masochism of his mousy sweetheart Rose (Andrea Riseborough).

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Director: Rowan Joffe

Writer: Rowan Joffe and Graham Greene

Producer: Paul Webster

Cast: Helen Mirren, John Hurt, Sam Riley, Nonso Anozie, Andrea Riseborough, Sean Harris, Steven Robertson, Steve Evets, Adrian Schiller and John Warman


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