Room at the Top (Blu-ray)

A savage story of lust and ambition
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 57 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region A
  • Released: January 14, 2020
  • Originally Released: 1959
  • Label: KL Studio Classics
  • Note: Audio Commentary by Film Historian Kat Ellinger
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.66
  • Audio:
    • Subtitles - English

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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:


Total Count: 15


User Ratings: 1,162
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.
Total Film
Mar 1, 2009
Rating: A -- A seminal work that introduced the new British social realism tradition, this superbly acted film is an uncompromising indictment of the British class system; it launched the career of Jack Clayton, in his feature debut, as a new significant voice Full Review
Dec 22, 2006
Room at the Top, a British production banned in Saskatchewan, treated sex and several other universal human relationships with a power and honesty far removed from the sleazy hypocrisy of the gimmick-shows. Full Review
Maclean's Magazine
Oct 7, 2019
Rating: B- -- Time has rained on its parade and it seems less daring when viewed today. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Sep 7, 2008
Harvey impresses, but it's Signoret, giving one of her career best performances, who shines. Full Review
Backseat Mafia
May 14, 2019
Room at the Top... signals a bold and personal directional talent in Jack Clayton as well as a rare departure in British film-making. Full Review
Monthly Film Bulletin
Feb 8, 2018
Francis and Clayton swing and glide their furtive camera through exquisitely blocked scenes in which characters are handsomely planted across multiple planes like a topiary. Full Review
Screen Slate
Mar 9, 2019

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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