Review: ‘The Ragman’s Daughter’

Slow-paced but poignant pic based on an Alan Sillitoe novel which captures both the lyricism and grime of the Nottingham area. Carefully avoiding the pitfalls of the motorcycle thug genre, director Harold Becker weaves a bitter-sweet love affair between a petty teenage thief and the daughter of a wealthy rag dealer. Touches of humor and implied social comment, plus imaginative location lensing, give a ring of authenticity and honesty.

Slow-paced but poignant pic based on an Alan Sillitoe novel which captures both the lyricism and grime of the Nottingham area. Carefully avoiding the pitfalls of the motorcycle thug genre, director Harold Becker weaves a bitter-sweet love affair between a petty teenage thief and the daughter of a wealthy rag dealer. Touches of humor and implied social comment, plus imaginative location lensing, give a ring of authenticity and honesty.

Both Simon Rouse and Patrick O’Connell, as the younger and older Tony, put in superb, convincing jobs of thesping as outcasts of society. Sillitoe steers clear of moralizing, and even social issues inherent in the relationship between the protagonists is made subservient to a broader concern for lost youth and the joys of yesteryear.

The Ragman's Daughter

UK

Production

Penelope/Harpoon. Director Harold Becker; Producer Harold Becker, Souter Harris; Screenplay Alan Sillitoe; Camera Michael Seresin; Editor Antony Gibbs; Music Kenny Clayton; Art Director David Brockhurst

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1972. Running time: 94 MIN.

With

Simon Rouse Victoria Tennant Patrick O'Connell Leslie Sands Rita Howard Brian Murphy
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