Room at the Top

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"A savage story of lust and ambition"
  • NR
  • 1959
  • 1 hr 55 min
  • 7.5  (7,186)
  • 84

Room at the Top is a British romantic drama film directed by Jack Clayton and released in 1959. The film stars Laurence Harvey, Simone Signoret, Heather Sears, and Donald Wolfit. Set in 1947 England, Room at the Top tells the story of Joe Lampton (Laurence Harvey), a middle-class young man who arrives in a small town called Warley looking for a better life. Joe is ambitious and determined to make something of himself, but he realizes that he's stuck at the bottom of the social ladder. Joe finds a job as an accountant in a factory and starts to get involved with the company's heiress Susan Brown (Heather Sears).

However, Joe's life takes an unexpected turn when he falls in love with Alice Aisgill (Simone Signoret), a married Frenchwoman who is several years older than him. Alice and Joe's love affair turns into a complex and intense relationship, as they both try to navigate their feelings for each other, their desires, and their social status.

As Joe tries to climb the social ladder and become successful, he finds himself in competition with other men who want to win Susan's heart and get ahead in their careers. Joe realizes that in order to achieve his goals, he has to make some difficult choices, including betraying Alice and sacrificing his own morality.

The film explores themes of love, desire, ambition, social class, and morality. It's a powerful and gripping story that shows how personal aspirations can clash with social expectations, and how one's decisions can have consequences far beyond one's immediate surroundings.

Laurence Harvey delivers an incredible performance as Joe Lampton, a man torn between his heart and his ambition. Simone Signoret is equally impressive as Alice, a woman who finds herself trapped in a love affair that goes against society's norms. Heather Sears is convincing as Susan Brown, a sweet but naive young woman who becomes an object of desire for Joe and other men.

Room at the Top is a well-crafted film that showcases the talents of its director, cast, and crew. The cinematography is beautiful, the music is haunting, and the script is intelligent and thought-provoking. It's a film that will stay with you long after the credits roll.

Room at the Top is a 1959 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 55 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.5 and a MetaScore of 84.

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    7.5  (7,186)
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