Back in the early 1960's very few movies had the courage to tackle the thorny issue of racial prejudice. But Britain's top film star John Mills personally backed this searing 1961 drama in which he delivers one of his strongest ever performances as a basically decent union boss who is forced to confront the prejudices of his members when they threaten to strike over the appointment of a black foreman. The issue is complicated further when his daughter tells him that she has fallen in love with a Jamaican, and in the end he and his wife, Sylvia Syms, are forced to face the situation together.
Based on a play called Hot Summer Night, by Dickson Of Dock Green creator Ted Willis, this was a very controversial film in its time and still packs a punch nowadays. It features a cast list of familiar faces ranging from Steptoe And Son's Wilfred Brambell to Eastenders regular Gretchen Franklin. Directed by Roy Ward Baker, who would go on to make hugely Hammer horror movies like Quatermass And The Pit.
Runtime: 93 min
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