March 12, 2000 |
It's exactly 40 years since Albert Finney, one of Britain's greatest actors, made his debut as a leading man on film. In Karel Reisz's "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning," he played a young factory worker from the North of England, desperately trying to throw off the shackles of his lowly upbringing, whatever the cost to those around him. The role made the broodingly handsome Finney a star and a working-class hero here.
October 2, 1999 |
Since making his remarkable starring debut in the 1960 British classic "Saturday Night and Sunday Monday," Albert Finney has been incapable of giving a bad performance. The 63-year-old British actor became an international superstar as the sexy rogue in the 1963 Oscar winner "Tom Jones," for which he received his first Oscar nomination.
August 4, 1996 |
Full of bawdy lyricism and rough-hewn wit, this 1992 Irish pastorale, set in 1957 and revolving around the interactions of a small town and a troupe of traveling players led by Aidan Quinn (pictured), is writer Shane ("My Left Foot") Connaughton's salute to his provincial roots. Directed on location by Gillies MacKinnon, it's rich and charming--and stolen entirely by Albert Finney as the tormented town cop, burning for the woman (Robin Wright) who won't have him (ABC early Monday at 12:05
May 12, 1996 |
This 1994 release is a high-class tear-jerker, Albert Finney (pictured) is Andrew Crocker-Harris, the classics professor at a posh British boys' school. Its core relationship is not the professor's sour marriage to a younger woman (Greta Scacchi, pictured) but rather between Crocker-Harris and Taplow (Ben Silverstone), a student who--realizing what a hated reputation his teacher has with his classmates--warms up to him anyway (Cinemax early Tuesday at 5:15 a.m.).
December 22, 1994 |
"A Man of No Importance" takes us to an early '60s Dublin neighborhood, where a jolly bus conductor, Alfie (Albert Finney) entertains his riders, regulars all, with impassioned recitations from his favorite author, Oscar Wilde.