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Rowan's adaptation of Graham Greene's classic novel follows Pinkie Brown, a teenage sociopath and up-and-coming gangster, as he attempts to gain control of Brighton's gangs.
Ida Arnold, a kind-hearted and decent woman, is drawn into the action by a chance meeting with the terrified Hale, whom Pinkie murders in obscure circumstances shortly afterwards. Pinkie's attempts to cover his tracks lead to a chain of fresh crimes and to an ill-fated marriage to Rose, a waitress who has the power to destroy his alibi. Ida pursues Pinkie relentlessly, in part to protect Rose from the deeply disturbed boy she has married.
Set against the backdrop of 1960s Brighton and the ongoing youth riots between the mods and rockers Brighton Rock charts the seedy underworld of this seaside resort.
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a superior piece of British film-making Matthew Bond
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a harmonious synthesis of overwrought melodrama and thematic intensity Laurence Phelan
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