I was watching Saturday Night Sunday Morning yesterday and was blown away by Albert Finney's debut staring role. It made me think about the films of his that I love and how much he's kind of been taken for granted.
He brings great anger and pain to his roles which is often hidden behind a drunk smile. A particular favorite of mine is Gumshoe directed by Stephen Frears its a little seen but excellent British thriller in which he plays a wise cracking Mikey Spillane mac wearing detective despite the fact he is living in Liverpool and is a entertainer in a working mans club,there is even a thrilling chase through the local dole office with Mr MacKay from Porridge!
I think he has been in some awful films too but he's he's always a reason to watch a film just to see what he will do, well apart from Breakfast Of Champions even he can't save that mess.
Here are my top 5 Albert Finney Performances:
1:Gumshoe (1971) : Eddie Ginley
2:Under The Volcano (1984) : Geoffrey Firmin
3:Saturday Night Sunday Morning (1960) : Arthur Seaton
4:The Dresser (1983) Sir
5:Miller's Crossing (1990): Leo
I challenge you not to be a least a bit curious to watch these films from these stills.
Other notable Finney films are:
The Duelists (1977)
Tom Jones (1963)
Murder On The Orient Express (1974)
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
And Definitely not this: