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Look Back in Anger (1959 film) Quotes

Look Back in Anger (1959 film) is a television program that debuted in 1970 . Look Back in Anger ended its run in 1970.

It features Harry Saltzman as producer, Chris Barber in charge of musical score, and Oswald Morris as head of cinematography.

Look Back in Anger (1959 film) is recorded in English and originally aired in United Kingdom. Each episode of Look Back in Anger (1959 film) is 98 minutes long. Look Back in Anger (1959 film) is distributed by Warner Bros..

The cast includes: Richard Burton as Jimmy Porter, Gary Raymond as Cliff Lewis, Mary Ure as Alison Porter, George Devine as Doctor, Edith Evans as Mrs. Tanner, Claire Bloom as Helena Charles, Glen Byam Shaw as Colonel Redfern, Toke Townley as Spectacled Man, and S.P. Kapoor as Kapoor.

Look Back in Anger (1959 film) Quotes

Mary Ure as Alison Porter

  • (Mary Ure) "I keep looking back as far as I remember. I can't think what it was like to feel young, really young. Jimmy said the same thing to me the other day and I pretended not to be listening because I thought it would hurt him I suppose. But I knew just what he meant. Oh I suppose it would've been so easy to say 'oh yes darling, I know what you mean, I know how you're feeling'. Its these easy things that seem to be so impossible with us."
  • (Mary Ure) "I suppose none of this could ever really have worked. I do love you Jimmy, I shall never love anyone as I love you, but I can't go on, I can't take part in all this suffering, I can't."
  • (Richard Burton) "It's no good fooling about with love you know. You can't fall into it like a soft job without dirtying up your hands. It takes muscle and guts. If you can't bear the thought of messing up your nice, tidy soul, you better give up the whole idea of life and become a saint, because you'll never make it as a human being. It's either this world -- or the next."
  • (Mary Ure) "Its sort of a silly symphony for people who can't bear the pain of being human any longer."
  • (Mary Ure) "You know what he said about mummy, he said she was an overfed, overprivileged old cow."
  • (Glen Byam Shaw) "I see, and what did he say about me?"
  • (Mary Ure) "He doesn't seem to mind you, in fact I think he rather likes you. Poor old daddy, just one of those sturdy plants left over from the Edwardian era wondering why the sun doesn't shine any more."
  • (Glen Byam Shaw) "Why did you have to meet this young man?"
  • (Mary Ure) "Oh daddy, please don't put me on trial now. I've been on trial every day and night for the past two years."
  • (Glen Byam Shaw) "But why you, my daughter?"

Claire Bloom as Helena Charles

  • (Claire Bloom) "I think you're a very tiresome young man."
  • (Richard Burton) "Oh dear, oh dear, my wife's friends. Pass Lady Bracknell the cucumber sandwiches."
  • (Claire Bloom) "You know what Alison once said, you were born out of your time. I think I know what she means; sometimes I think you feel you're still in the middle of the French Revolution. Oh Jimmy, can't you give up that sweet shop and do something else?"
  • (Richard Burton) "Such as?"
  • (Claire Bloom) "I don't know, there are so many things that you could do."
  • (Richard Burton) "Such as being a literary gent; Porter the lion of the pen club, laughing Porter the tv panelist, Lord Porter leaving no.10. The personality of Porter; lets examine it, that glittering meteoric cause. While the rest of the world is being blown to bits around us what matters; me, me me."
  • (Claire Bloom) "You're hurt because everything's changed and Jimmy's hurt because everything's stayed the same. Something's gone wrong somewhere hasn't it."
  • (Claire Bloom) "Alison, it's all over."
  • (Claire Bloom) "Shut up; you've no right to talk about her mother like that."
  • (Richard Burton) "I've every right haven't I. She's an old cow and she should be dead. Well, what's the matter, why don't you spring to her defense? If someone said that about me she'd react soon enough; she'd spring into a well-known lethargy and say nothing."
  • (Claire Bloom) "Did he love you?"
  • (Claire Bloom) "A howl of outrage went up from my family."
  • (Claire Bloom) "Well, you can see their point."
  • (Mary Ure) "And that made up his mind, he had to marry me."
  • (Claire Bloom) "Tell me, why did you?"
  • (Mary Ure) "Marry him? Oh there must be about six different answers. I met him at a party, he'd come there on his bicycle and there was oil on his jacket, it had been such a lovely day, everything about him seemed to burn; his face, the edges of his hair glistened. His eyes were so blue and full of sun."
  • (Claire Bloom) "So you took him on."
  • (Mary Ure) "There never seemed to be any choice."
  • (Claire Bloom) "God Jimmy, what's going to become of us?"
  • (Richard Burton) "I don't know."
  • (Claire Bloom) "If you'd stop thinking about yourself for just one moment, I'll tell you something I think you ought to know. You wife is going to have a baby."
  • (Claire Bloom) "Well? Doesn't that mean anything? Even to you?"
  • (Richard Burton) "If you'd permit me to interrupt your -- female wisdom, there's something perhaps you ought to know. I don't care. I don't care if she's going to have a baby. I don't care if it has 2 heads."
  • (Richard Burton) "Well, do I disgust you? Go on, slap my face. I just came back from seeing somebody I love very much go through the sordid process of dying. And you expect me to be overcome with awe because some stupid, cruel girl is going to have a BABY?"
  • (Richard Burton) "Now the performance is over. Now leave me alone; and get out, you evil-minded little virgin."
  • (Claire Bloom) "How was it?"
  • (Richard Burton) "It was a funeral -- no flowers, no word, no sign --"
  • (Claire Bloom) "What do you mean?"
  • (Richard Burton) "I mean Alison -- the injustice of it is about perfect; the wrong people going hungry, the wrong people being loved, the wrong people dying."
  • (Claire Bloom) "Does he drink?"
  • (Mary Ure) "He's not an alcoholic if that's what you mean."
  • (Claire Bloom) "Oh, that trumpet. It's almost as if he wanted to kill someone and me in particular. I've never seen such hatred in someone's eyes before, it's horrifying -- and slightly exciting."
  • (Claire Bloom) "Never used to know whether he was joking or being serious."
  • (Gary Raymond) "He doesn't know himself half the time; if in doubt mark it down as an insult."
  • (Claire Bloom) "Sorry he's gone."
  • (Richard Burton) "So am I. He's sloppy and irritating but he's got a good heart, you can forgive someone almost anything for that."
  • (Claire Bloom) "I love you."
  • (Richard Burton) "Perhaps you do, perhaps it means something to have your General lie back in your arms though he's heartily sick of the whole campaign. Tired, hungry and dry."

Richard Burton as Jimmy Porter

  • (Richard Burton) "Ladies and gentlemen, a little recitation entitled 'she was only a gravediggers daughter but she loved lying under the sod'."
  • (Richard Burton) "I learned at an early age what it is to be angry. Angry. Helpless."
  • (Richard Burton) "Have you ever seen anybody die?"
  • (Claire Bloom) "No I haven't."
  • (Richard Burton) "For 12 months I watched my father die, I was 10. He'd come back from the war in Spain. All my mother could think was that she'd married someone who was always on the wrong side. Perhaps she pitied him but I was the only one who cared."
  • (Richard Burton) "I didn't know about the baby. I don't exactly relish the idea of pain and suffering but it wasn't my first loss you know."
  • (Mary Ure) "It was mine."
  • (Richard Burton) "Shall I tell you the truth about her? She is a cow. I wouldn't mind that so much only she's in great danger of becoming a sacred cow as well."
  • (Richard Burton) "What made you come to this bloody country anyway?"
  • (S.P. Kapoor) "I came because in India I was an outcast, an untouchable."
  • (Richard Burton) "All because I want something from that girl I know in my heart she's incapable of giving."
  • (Richard Burton) "Don't be afraid to sleep with your sweetheart, just because she's better than you."
  • (Richard Burton) "If you slap me, by God I'll lay you out."
  • (Claire Bloom) "You would, you're the type."
  • (Richard Burton) "You bet I'm the type, the type that hates physical violence."
  • (Richard Burton) "I'm sorry."
  • (Mary Ure) "Get out."
  • (Richard Burton) "You think I did it on purpose?"
  • (Mary Ure) "Clear out of my sight."
  • (Richard Burton) "Remember that time we first met, grisly party. Didn't really notice me at all. I couldn't take my eyes off you all evening. You seemed to have such a wonderful relaxation of spirit. I knew that was what I wanted. Then after we were married I realised it wasn't relaxation after all. To relax you've got to sweat your guts out. You, you never had a hair out of place or a bead of sweat anywhere. I know I'm a lost caues but I thought if you loved me it didn't really matter."
  • (Mary Ure) "It does matter, I was wrong. I don't want to be neutral, I want to be a lost cause. Don't you understand; it's gone, that helpless human being inside my body. I thought it was so safe and secure in there but its gone. All I wanted was to die. I was in pain and all I could think about was you and what I'd lost."
  • (Richard Burton) "Nigel and Alison, they're what they sound like, sycophantic, phlegmatic and pusillanimous."
  • (Gary Raymond) "Big words."
  • (Richard Burton) "Shall I tell you what they mean?"
  • (Gary Raymond) "No not interested, don't want to know."
  • (Richard Burton) "Soapy, stodgy and dim."
  • (Richard Burton) "Going out, on a Sunday evening this time, where have you got to be?"
  • (Claire Bloom) "She's coming with me to church."
  • (Richard Burton) "You're doing what? When I think of what I did, what I had to endure."
  • (Richard Burton) "I'm getting hungry."
  • (Gary Raymond) "You're a bloody pig."
  • (Richard Burton) "You're like a sex maniac only with you it's food; you'll end up in the News of the World, you wait; James Porter, 25, was bound over last night after pleading guilty to interfering with a small cabbage and a tin of beans. The accused said he hadn't been feeling well for some time and had been having blackouts."
  • (Richard Burton) "Well, what's the matter with you?"
  • (Claire Bloom) "I just feel quite sick, that's all. Sick with contempt and loathing."
  • (Richard Burton) "What do you say we get out of this place and start from scratch, what do you say?"
  • (Claire Bloom) "I'd say that's wonderful."
  • (Richard Burton) "Come on, we'll do that. We'll get pleasantly tiddly, then I'll take you home and make such love to you as you'll forget about anything at all."
  • (Claire Bloom) "Let's go and have a drink."
  • (Richard Burton) "Hardly a moment when I'm not watching, wanting you. Nearly 2 years in the same room as you and I still can't stop my sweat breaking out when I see you do something as ordinary as cooking or leaning over the ironing board. Trouble is -- you get used to people, even their trivialities become indispensable to you."
  • (Richard Burton) "What friend?"
  • (Mary Ure) "Helena Charles, I meant to say, she telephoned, she's playing at the theatre next week."
  • (Richard Burton) "I see, she said 'can I come over' and you said 'My husband Jimmy, if you'll pardon my using such a dirty word, will be delighted to see you, he'll kick your teeth in'."
  • (Richard Burton) "Why do we spend half Sunday reading the newspapers?"
  • (Richard Burton) "I must say it's pretty dreary living in the American age, apart from if you're an American of course."
  • (Richard Burton) "You just sit there and do nothing."
  • (Gary Raymond) "That's right, I just sit here."
  • (Richard Burton) "What sort of a man are you."
  • (Gary Raymond) "I'm not the district commissioner you know."
  • (Richard Burton) "I want to be there when your face is rubbed in the mud. There's nothing else I can hope for any more, there's nothing else I want anymore."
  • (Claire Bloom) "There's a call for you downstairs."
  • (Richard Burton) "Can't be anything good."

S.P. Kapoor as Kapoor

  • (S.P. Kapoor) "I am most interested in justice but I am not in the habit of expecting it to be applied to me."

George Devine as Doctor

  • (George Devine) "What does your husband do, what's his profession?"
  • (Mary Ure) "He runs a sweet stall at the market."
  • (George Devine) "I thought you said he's been to university."

Gary Raymond as Cliff Lewis

  • (Gary Raymond) "14lbs of jelly babies, what do you want to get all them for?"
  • (Richard Burton) "Kids have got a craze on."
  • (Gary Raymond) "They better have."
  • (Gary Raymond) "It's not the same, is it?"
  • (Richard Burton) "Of course not, it's never the same you idiot. Today's meal is always different from yesterday's, the last woman is always different from the one before."
  • (Gary Raymond) "You're a brave girl."
  • (Mary Ure) "I don't feel very brave Cliff, I really don't. I don't think I can take much more, I feel rather sick."
  • (Gary Raymond) "My feet hurt."
  • (Richard Burton) "Try washing your socks."
  • (Gary Raymond) "Don't think I'll stay much longer."
  • (Richard Burton) "Why not?"
  • (Gary Raymond) "I don't know, sweet store's alright but I'd like to try something else. You're highly educated, it suits you, but I need something a bit better."

Toke Townley as Spectacled Man

  • (Toke Townley) "Look if you don't want to watch the film, don't spoil it for those that do. If they don't like this country why the hell don't they get out."

Glen Byam Shaw as Colonel Redfern

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Edith Evans as Mrs. Tanner

  • (Edith Evans) "We had lots of fun, him and me. Being alive, just being alive. That's enough for an old girl like me. Chewing the cud and having a little of what you fancy."
  • (Edith Evans) "I'm just going to have a look at me husband's grave, make sure it's kept nice. You know, if you don't keep an eye on things people steal the flower boxes and grass grows all over the place. I wouldn't want him to think I was neglecting him."
  • (Edith Evans) "What do you really want, Jimmy?"
  • (Richard Burton) "Everything -- nothing."

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