Sparrows Can't Sing (1963)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Release Date - Mar 26, 1963 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 94 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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This British comedy drama of the lower classes features actors with such thick cockney accents that some prints of the film were subtitled. James Booth stars as Charlie, a merchant seaman who returns home to the East End after two years to find that his wife Maggie (Barbara Windsor) has taken up with another man, a married bus driver named Bert (George Sewell). After taking his brother Fred (Roy Kinnear) hostage in a pub, Charlie gets a reunion with Maggie, who shows up pushing a pram. It seems she's given birth to a child, and the father's identity is uncertain. Charlie and Maggie reconcile, but not before a vicious row with Bert, who doesn't want to give up his girl. Windsor, a BAFTA Best Actress nominee for her role, also performed the film's title song.

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disillusionment, brother, bus-driver, child, development, extramarital-affair, family, family-member, family-tragedy, home, homecoming, hostage, house, husband, marriage, merchant, mother, park, sailor, search, temper, toddlers, violence, wife