The Reckoning

  • 1969
  • Movie
  • R
  • Drama

A brutal, violent story of a lower-class Irishman from Liverpool who has clawed his way to the top, then must revert to his slum background when called upon to avenge the death of his father. Williamson's performance is towering in its intensity. He's a heel, not even a charming one, a man obsessed with success, though he derives no pleasure from it when...read more

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A brutal, violent story of a lower-class Irishman from Liverpool who has clawed his way to the top, then must revert to his slum background when called upon to avenge the death of his father. Williamson's performance is towering in its intensity. He's a heel, not even a charming one, a man

obsessed with success, though he derives no pleasure from it when it is attained. He has a loveless marriage to the wealthy Bell, their relationship consisting of harsh lovemaking in between long silences. Williamson has not been back to Liverpool for many years when he learns that his father is

dying, the result of having been beaten by a "Teddy Boy" in a pub. (The "Teddy Boys" were a vicious group who dressed in Edwardian suit-coats while exercising their violent ways on anyone who crossed them). Williamson hurries to Liverpool, too late to say goodbye to his father. He returns to

London, but can't get his father out of his mind. He becomes more and more violent, causing his wife to walk out and putting his job in jeopardy, until he finally decides to return to Liverpool and find his father's assailant, beating him senseless when he tracks him down. He then returns to

London and is more ruthless than ever in his business dealings. Williamson's character is completely reprehensible here, yet this is a compelling portrait of obsessive ambition.

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