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Brighton Rock
Directed by John Boulting
Produced by Roy Boulting
Written by Graham Greene (also novel)
Terence Rattigan
Starring Richard Attenborough
Carol Marsh
Hermione Baddeley
Music by Hans May
Cinematography Harry Waxman
Editing by Peter Graham Scott
Distributed by Charter Films
Release date(s) December, 1947
Running time 92 min
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Brighton Rock is a 1947 British drama film directed by John Boulting based on the novel of the same name by Graham Greene. The film is considered one of the most successful British films noir. In the United States, the film was released under the title Young Scarface.

Centring on the activities of a gang of assorted criminals and, in particular, their leader – a vicious young hoodlum known as "Pinkie" – the film's main thematic concern is the criminal underbelly evident in inter-war Brighton.

Greene and Terence Rattigan wrote the screenplay for the 1947 film adaptation, produced and directed by John and Roy Boulting, with assistant director Gerald Mitchell. The film starred Richard Attenborough as Pinkie (reprising his breakthrough West End creation of the character some three years prior)[1], Carol Marsh as Rose, William Hartnell as Dallow, and Hermione Baddeley as Ida. The climax of the film takes place at the Palace Pier, which differs from the novel, the end of which takes place in the nearby town of Peacehaven.




A remake, to be written and directed by Rowan Joffe, is expected to start filming in September 2009. Joffe will move the setting from the 1930s to the 1960s, during the mods and rockers era [2][3]


The original film will have a run at Film Forum in New York City June 19-26, 2009, and The New York Times previewed the revival, saying "both [Greene's] Catholicism and his movie-friendliness are in full cry in John Boulting’s terrific 1947 gangster picture."[4]


  1. ^ NY Times biography The New York Times. Retrieved 6/14/09.
  2. ^ Dawtrey, Adam (2008-05-15). "Optimum to remake 'Brighton Rock'". Variety. Retrieved 2008-05-24.  
  3. ^ Elliott, Emily-Ann (2009-05-19). "Brighton set to Rock again". The Argus. Retrieved 2009-08-17.  
  4. ^ "The Screen’s Seduction of Graham Greene" by Terrence Rafferty, The New York Times, June 12, 2009 (6/14/09 on p. AR13 of the NY ed.). Retrieved 6/14/09.

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