Near the end of World War II, Maria (Hanna Schygulla) marries Hermann (Klaus Lowitsch), who is immediately sent off to battle. When the war concludes, Maria believes that Hermann is dead. She starts working at an Allied bar, where she meets American soldier Bill (George Byrd). They start a relationship that is interrupted when Hermann returns alive. During a scuffle between the men, Maria accidentally kills Bill. Hermann takes the blame and goes to jail, while Maria begins a hard new life.
A classic British social realism film about a young machinist who spends his weekends drinking and partying, all the while having an affair with a married woman. Directed by Karel Reisz and produced by Tony Richardson, it is an adaptation of the 1958 novel of the same name by Alan Sillitoe, who also wrote the screenplay adaptation.