Room at the Top

A Savage Story of lust and ambition
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  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 57 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: January 14, 2020
  • Originally Released: 1959
  • Label: KL Studio Classics
  • Encoding: Region [unknown]

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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1959 - Best Actress: Simone Signoret
Academy Awards 1959 - Best Adapted Screenplay: Neil Paterson
Cannes 1959 - Best Actress: Simone Signoret

Entertainment Reviews:

Empire - 02/01/2009
3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he political aspects of Neil Paterson's Oscar-winning script still cut as deeply as Freddie Francis' gritty vistas and Simone Signoret's superb display..."
Total Film - 03/01/2009
4 stars out of 5 -- "Harvey's screen persona makes him ideal for Joe, but it is Signoret that steals the film, giving an Oscar-winning performance as his lover, Alice Aisgill."

Product Description:

This deeply moving adaptation of John Blaine's novel tells the story of an overly ambitious man who sacrifices true love to marry the boss's daughter. Sequels: "Life at the Top" and "Man at the Top." Academy Award Nominations: 6, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor--Laurence Harvey. Academy Awards: Best Actress--Simone Signoret, Best (Adapted) Screenplay--Wendell Mayes.

Plot Synopsis:

Joe Lampton, a working-class man from northern England, gets a job as an accountant and sets his sights on the rich part of town known as "the top." He seduces the factory boss's inexperienced daughter, coldly putting aside his true feelings for Alice, a warmhearted but unhappily married woman.
Although he realizes his ambitions, Joe must finally question whether having "a room at the top" is worth the loss of genuine love and affection.

Production Notes:

  • "Room at the Top" was Jack Clayton's feature-length film directorial debut. He previously directed short films and was a producer.
  • Two sequels followed: "Life at the Top" and "Man at the Top."
  • Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Censors. In its day, the film's dialogue was considered sexually frank and it was rated "X" when released in the U.S.
  • Released in the UK on video. Running time 113 minutes.
  • Additional cast: Stephen Jack (Darnley), Thelma Ruby (Miss Breith), Anne Leon (Janet), Avril Elgar (Miss Gilchrist), April Olrich (Mavis), Doreen Dawn (High Stepping Girl).
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  • UPC: 738329233792
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