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Thumbnail for Room at the Top (1959) Room at the Top (1959)

Basic Info Rusty's rating: 79
Notable as: Drama, Award-Winning WorkGenre: Black-and-white, Kitchen sink realism, British New Wave, Melodrama, DramaRuntime: 115 - 118 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: United KingdomDirector: Jack ClaytonScreenwriter: Neil Paterson, Mordecai Richler, John BraineBased on: Room at the TopMusic: Mario NascimbeneCinematography: Freddie FrancisStars: Simone Signoret, Laurence Harvey, Heather Sears, Donald Wolfit, Hermione Baddeley, Donald Houston, Allan Cuthbertson, Raymond Huntley, John Moulder-Brown, Jack Hedley, John Westbrook, Wilfrid LawsonProducer: John and James WoolfAwards won: Academy Award for Best Actress (Simone Signoret)
Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Neil Paterson)
Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Actor (Laurence Harvey)
Academy Award for Best Director (Jack Clayton)
Academy Award for Best Picture
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Hermione Baddeley)
Award details: (details at IMDb)
Description

Room at the Top is a 1959 British film based on the novel of the same name by John Braine. The novel was adapted by Neil Paterson with uncredited work by Mordecai Richler. It was directed by Jack Clayton and produced by John and James Woolf. The film stars Laurence Harvey, Simone Signoret, Heather Sears, Donald Wolfit, Donald Houston and Hermione Baddeley. Room at the Top was widely lauded, and was nominated for six Academy Awards, for Best Picture, Best Director for Clayton, Best Actor for Harvey, and Best Supporting Actress for Baddeley, winning Best Actress for Signoret and Best Adapted Screenplay for Paterson. Baddeley's performance became the shortest ever to be nominated for an acting Oscar.


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