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Life at the Top1965

Life at the Top (1965)




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Life at the Top is a belated sequel to Room at the Top, John Blaine's "angry young man" British novel that was made into a film in 1959. Laurence Harvey is back as Joe Lampton, the man-on-the-rise protagonist who in Room had given up true love in favor of a career-boosting (and antiseptic) marriage to his boss' daughter. Ten years have passed: Lampton is a business success, but utterly bored by his dead-end marital setup. His wife feels the same, and it isn't long before Mr. and Mrs. Lampton begin conducting separate affairs. While the original Room was a fairly accurate evocation of its era, Life at the Top works too hard and too noisily to be "mod," in reflection of the ethereal Swinging London era. The inclusion of flashbacks from Room at the Top, in which Harvey is seen making love to Simone Signoret, only serves to emphasize the shortcomings of the sequel. The best moments in the later version can be found in the early establishing scenes set in Yorkshire. Life at the Top was followed by a TV series called Man at the Top, starring Kenneth Haigh as Lampton, which in turn was followed by a theatrical feature of the same name. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Laurence Harvey
as Joe Lampton
Jean Simmons
as Susan Lampton
Honor Blackman
as Norah Hauxley
Donald Wolfit
as Abe Brown
Robert Morley
as Tiffield
Allan Cuthbertson
as George Aisgill
Ian Shand
as Hethersett
Andrew Laurence
as McLelland
Geoffrey Bayldon
as Industrial Psychologist
Charles Lamb
as Wincastle
Michael Newport
as Newspaper Boy
Harry Fowler
as Magic Beans Man
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Critic Reviews for Life at the Top

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

A lacklustre sequel to Room at the Top.

March 2, 2020 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This picture could be a documentary of all the ugly, tawdry, complicating things that might happen to restless married people when they found themselves helplessly caught in the stuffy social surroundings of the industrial Establishment.

March 2, 2020 | Full Review…

An il-advised sequel to the energetic Room at the Top.

March 2, 2020 | Full Review…

Life At The Top is not a very likable film, partly because the treatment is heavy-handed, and partly because Joe's self-disgust turns everything sour...

June 26, 2019 | Full Review…

Life at the Top emerges as stronger stuff than the average sequel.

April 5, 2019 | Full Review…

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