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The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner Blu Ray

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Following the success of Karel Reisz's Saturday Night and Sunday Morning Alan Sillitoe adapted another of his works for the screen this time a short story of a disillusioned teenager rebelling against the system making Tony Richardson's The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner one of the great British films of the 1960s. Newcomer Tom Courtenay is compelling as the sullen defiant Colin refusing to follow his dying father into a factory job railing against the capitalist bosses and preferring to make a living from petty thieving. Arrested for burglary and sent to borstal Colin discovers a talent for cross-country running earning him special treatment from the governor (Michael Redgrave) and the chance to redeem himself from anti-social tearaway to sports day hero. With Colin a favourite to win against a local public school tensions build as the day approaches...

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  • 22 June 2015
  • Tony Richardson
  • Tom Courtenay
  • Blu Ray
  • Bfi Video
  • 12
  • 104 minutes
  • Black & White, PAL

1960s British drama which centres on Colin Smith (Tom Courtenay), a cynical working class youth, who finds himself in a boys' reformatory for robbing a bakery. The governor in charge of the reform school (Michael Redgrave) preaches to his inmates that exercise and physical challenge can permanently destroy a boy's rebellious streak. But Colin is fortunate enough to be on the boss's good side due to his natural running prowess and is offered the chance to train for a race against the local public school. Tensions build as the big day approaches and after a lot of time spent thinking on his lonely runs, Colin might just reconsider his naturally rebellious instincts.

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