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Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

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Saturday Night and Sunday Morning is the quintessential ’60s Angry Young Man flick and, of course, it’s dated. The once groundbreaking sexual frankness of Alan Sillitoe’s script (a married woman gets pregnant by Finney’s working-class rebel; abortion comes up) is now too tame for talk shows, and the picture’s neo-documentary realism and minimal plotting seem similarly ho-hum. The film, making its laser debut here in a beautifully detailed transfer, stays with you, though, because of the acting and because director Karel Reisz (Sweet Dreams) precisely evokes a specific time and place.

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