Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

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Karel Reisz's Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1961) barely made it to laserdisc while that format was viable, but it's gotten to DVD in the early years of the format, courtesy of MGM/UA. Their source is an original British 35 mm fine-grain, which looks sharp enough to step inside of. Letterboxed to an aspect ratio of 1.66:1 (the standard British non-anamorphic widescreen dimension), it's a tightly framed drama that focuses in with laser-like clarity on its subject: frustrated, rebellious factory worker Arthur ...
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Karel Reisz's Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1961) barely made it to laserdisc while that format was viable, but it's gotten to DVD in the early years of the format, courtesy of MGM/UA. Their source is an original British 35 mm fine-grain, which looks sharp enough to step inside of. Letterboxed to an aspect ratio of 1.66:1 (the standard British non-anamorphic widescreen dimension), it's a tightly framed drama that focuses in with laser-like clarity on its subject: frustrated, rebellious factory worker Arthur Seaton (Albert Finney, in a star-making performance). Filmed in industrial Nottingham, the movie is a highly stylized snapshot of working class ferment and discontent, built around Finney's character. The DVD is the best presentation that the movie has likely ever received in America, superior to theatrical prints from the mid-'60s not only in image clarity (you can practically see the pores in people's skin in the close-ups, and all but smell the machinery heating up in the factory scenes), but in its audio track as well; the latter is mastered at a relatively low level but it is clean and it pumps up nicely through speakers, despite being in mono. The 90-minute movie has been given 16 chapters that are well chosen, although, lacking any insert sheet, they're only delineated onscreen through the two-layer menu, which also includes the original trailer and a selection of English captions and Spanish and French subtitles. The menu opens automatically on start-up, with the "play" option in the default position.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Original theatrical trailer; English: mono; English, French, & Spanish-language subtitles
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All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
While it was hardly the first of the British "Angry Young Man" dramas of the late 1950s/early 1960s (Look Back In Anger beat it to the screen by nearly two years), Saturday Night and Sunday Morning was one of the best, thanks largely to a superb performance by Albert Finney in his first leading film role. Finney's turn as Arthur Seaton practically defined the archetypal working-class yob who is just smart enough to know that his life is going nowhere, but not sharp enough to do anything about it; dozens more like him would follow, but few were able to give him the street smarts and fine edge of bitter wit that Finney brought to the character's charming amorality. The film made him a star overnight. Director Karel Reisz knew enough to keep Finney front and center throughout, but he also created an appropriately dingy atmosphere for his star; the film's sense of grubby detail is so keen that one can almost smell the smoke and stale beer in the pubs, and feel the heat in the factory where Arthur spends his weekdays. If time has dated Alan Sillitoe's screenplay, its spirit remains true to any post-adolescent would-be rebel either searching for a cause or not bothering to look for one. While Rachel Roberts doesn't get nearly as showy a role as Finney, her performance as Brenda, the unhappy housewife having an affair with Arthur, is every bit as strong, and she's perhaps the only actor in this movie who doesn't seem intimidated in her scenes with the leading man. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning can't escape being a product of its time, but its intelligence and rich store of talent make it powerful and relevant for any generation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/5/2002
  • UPC: 027616873026
  • Original Release: 1961
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Vistavision (1.66:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Albert Finney Arthur Seaton
Shirley Ann Field Doreen Gretton
Rachel Roberts Brenda
Hylda Baker Aunt Ada
Norman Rossington Bert
Bryan Pringle Jack
Robert Cawdron Robboe
Edna Morris Mrs. Bull
Elsie Wagstaffe Mrs. Seaton
Frank Pettitt Mr. Seaton
Avis Bunnage Blowsy Woman
Colin Blakely Loudmouth
Irene Richmond Doreen's Mother
Louise Dunn Betty
Anne Blake Civil Defense Officer
Peter Madden Drunk
Cameron Hall Mr. Bull
Alister Williamson Police Constable
Technical Credits
Karel Reisz Director
Johnny Dankworth Score Composer, Songwriter, Musical Direction/Supervision
Sophie Devine Costumes/Costume Designer
Freddie Francis Cinematographer
Barbara Gillett Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Handford Sound/Sound Designer
Seth Holt Editor
Ted Marshall Art Director
Tony Richardson Producer
Harry Saltzman Producer
Alan Sillitoe Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Factory/Main Title [5:26]
2. Booze & Married Women [10:19]
3. Good Ol' Days/Doreen [4:56]
4. "Tips From the Fishes" [2:26]
5. Rats, Rogues & Reds [5:19]
6. Jack, Brenda & Arthur [11:04]
7. Trouble! [10:48]
8. Shooting Off [5:33]
9. "All This Mess!" [4:50]
10. A Night at the Fair [7:00]
11. Paying the Price [3:22]
12. "God Knows What I Am!" [6:37]
13. The Real Thing [6:11]
14. "A Lot More in Life..." [2:24]
15. "C'mon, Duck!" [1:47]
16. End Credits [1:05]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Theatrical Trailer
   Subtitles
      English
      Français
      Español
      None
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    This is early 60's British "Kitchen sink" cinema that tries to mix a bit of workingclass politics and bittersweet love stories. "The Girl with Green Eyes," "Morgan" and "Georgy Girls" are also in this group. The black and white cinematography is realistic and delightful. The acting is superb and the story engrossing.
    Fans of the Beatles will want to watch to catch one of the best depictions of the atmostphere that young men in England faced growing up in the 1950's and 1960's.
    The wonderful catchphrase, "I believe you, million's wouldn't." and Finney's opening declaration, "All I want is a good time. All the rest is propaganda," shows the wit of the script.

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    Thoughtful Account of a Young Man Living in Working Class Britain

    This is an interesting film directly from the slice of life style of film making popular in Britain in the late 50s and early 60s. Albert Finney plays a not so nice young man who works a factory job like many other people who live in his area. He life revolves around going out on Saturday Nights and early Sunday mornings. A married woman becomes pregnant but he shows only irritation and contempt. A young woman he could actually love comes around...

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