Guy Green's film represented the beginning of a lack of solidarity in unions as Tom Curtis (Richard Attenborough) with wife Anna (Pier Angeli) expecting a child, refuses to join an unofficial strike in his machine shop and becomes the victim of assaults, both mental and physical. Acclaimed as one of the most moving and powerful films ever made in Britain, The Angry Silence won unprecedented acclaim. Within a week of its opening it had become the most talked-about film in the country, and even today is still deemed controversial for its cynical depiction of organised labour as a thuggish, mindless collective.
Winner of the 1961 BAFTA Award for Best British Screenplay (Bryan Forbes.
Richard Attenborough .... Tom Curtis
Pier Angeli .... Anna Curtis
Michael Craig .... Joe Wallace
Bernard Lee .... Bert Connolly
Alfred Burke .... Travers
Geoffrey Keen .... Davis
Laurence Naismith .... Martindale
Russell Napier .... Sid Thompson
Penelope Horner .... Pat
Brian Bedford .... Eddie Barrett
Brian Murray .... Gladys
Norman Bird .... Roberts
Beckett Bould .... Billy Armstrong
Oliver Reed .... Mick.
Runtime: 90 minutes
Color: Black and White