Best Movies by Farr

The Small Back Room

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What's it About
Sammy Rice (Farrar) works with British military intelligence as a munitions expert in WWII London, figuring out ways to defuse enemy weapons. But he is a broken, bitter man who deadens with booze and pills the chronic pain he endures from a war casualty that cost him a leg. Sammy's self-destructive routine increasingly alienates his patient girlfriend Susan (Byron) and fuels battles with his superiors. Rice faces a new challenge when asked to defuse an ingenious German bomb disguised as a toy …
Why we love it
Despite excellent performances from a truly stellar cast, Powell and Pressburger’s “Back Room” did not fare well at the box office, perhaps because of its heavy storyline, about a crippled, embittered munitions expert dealing with noxious feelings of anger and inadequacy. Since then, this overlooked film has been rightly rescued from oblivion, giving us another opportunity to follow Sammy’s emotionally turbulent journey to redemption through personal valor, all built around a gripping 17-minute sequence in which he attempts to dismantle a bomb on a gravelly Dorset shoreline. A triumph of wartime suspense.

BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"