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Nicol Williamson stars as a Liverpool/Irish layabout who inherits a business from his father. Even in his executive togs, Williamson remains out of step with society. Already a surly sort, Williamson becomes even less likeable as the film progresses, especially when seeking to avenge a long-ago slight against his father. The film is a belated but still compelling entry in Britain's "Angry Young Man" cinematic cycle, with the "protagonist" remaining on top at the expense of his soul. Reckoning was based on The Harp That Once ...

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Bruce B

Dec 17, 2019

Nicol Williamson Tears It Up!

This gritty slice-of-life movie is highlighted by a bravura, scenery-chewing performance by Nicol Williamson. His prodigious energy is a fascinating combination of malevolence and pathos, as he brings what could have been a one-dimensional character to life.

The film has some pretty violent moments, and it certainly exhibits much of its decade's misogyny, but the script still hangs together well and the pace of the storytelling will keep you riveted.

Fans of the Angry Young Man genre from Britain will enjoy this, and you can even see some influences on early Martin Scorcese movies, but it's Williamson who will stay seared in your mind.

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