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Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (The)

UK, English, 104 mins

  • Director: Tony Richardson
  • Writer: Alan Sillitoe
  • Producer: Michael Holden; Tony Richardson

CGiii Comment

Spit in the faces of those who oppose you...metaphorically speaking.
One of the best British films ever made.
There has to be subtext...with Richardson at the helm...and, a borstal and a troubled boy.
This film screams of defiance and pain...haven't we all felt that...?
Mind-blowing, heart-melting.
A masterpiece.


The(ir) Blurb...

A rebellious youth, sentenced to a boy's reformatory for robbing a bakery, rises through the ranks of the institution through his prowess as a long distance runner. During his solitary runs, reveries of his life and times before his incarceration lead him to re-evaluate his privileged status as the Governor's prize runner.

Cast & Characters

Michael Redgrave as Ruxton Towers Reformatory Governor;
Tom Courtenay as Colin Smith;
Avis Bunnage as Mrs. Smith;
Alec McCowen as Brown;
James Bolam as Mike;
Joe Robinson as Roach;
Dervis Ward as Detective;
Topsy Jane as Audrey;
Julia Foster as Gladys;
Ray Austin as Craig

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