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Life at the Top

Original film poster
Directed by Ted Kotcheff
Produced by James Woolf
Written by Mordecai Richler
John Braine (novel)
Starring Laurence Harvey
Jean Simmons
Honor Blackman
Michael Craig
Donald Wolfit
Music by Richard Addinsell
Cinematography Oswald Morris
Editing by Derek York
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) United States December 14, 1965 (1965-12-14)
Running time 117 min
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Life at the Top is a 1965 drama film made by Romulus Films and released by Columbia Pictures. It is a sequel to Room at the Top. It was directed by Ted Kotcheff and produced by James Woolf with William Kirby as associate producer. The screenplay was by Mordecai Richler, based on the novel Life at the Top by John Braine. The music score was by Richard Addinsell and the cinematography by Oswald Morris.

The film stars Laurence Harvey, once again playing Joe Lampton, Jean Simmons and Honor Blackman, with Michael Craig, Donald Wolfit, Robert Morley, Margaret Johnston, Ambrosine Phillpotts and Allan Cuthbertson.



"Joe Lampton (Laurence Harvey) is unhappily married and forced to work at a job handed to him on a plate by his father-in-law. T.V. presenter Norah (Honor Blackman) offers him escape which, following his wife's own infidelity, he leaps at, only for things to come crashing down around his ears. Bureaucracy, class, office gossip and English politics all have a part to play (look out for a great cameo from Catweazle, Geoffrey Bayldon)." [1]

Critical Reception

"This sequel to Room at the Top was damned with faint praise on its release in 1965. Such a critical stand however is unfair, when the film is judged alongside the likes of Look Back in Anger or Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. Life at the Top could best be described as ' what the Angry Young Man did next'. " [2]


  1. ^ Moviemail Catalogue November 2009
  2. ^ Peter Wild writing in Moviemail Catalogue November 2009

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