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... [show more]
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. British icon Tom Courtenay plays Colin, a defiant teenager who refuses to settle into a job at the factory where his father worked. Caught for petty thieving, he is sent to borstal. There, he discovers his talent for cross-country running and the governor (Michael Redgrave, Dead of Night) gives him the chance to redeem himself in a race against a local public school. Woodfall Film Productions, the independent company led by director Tony Richardson and writer John Osbourne, created this passionate and explosive tale of rebellion, which was praised for Richardson's iconic cinematic style, triumphantly contrasting the gritty reality of life in a northern town with the escapism of Colin's country runs. This British New Wave classic propelled Tom Courtney to fame and won him a BAFTA for Best Newcomer. Special features Commentary by film historian Robert Murphy, with lead actor Tom Courtenay and writer Alan Sillitoe Video essay by cinematographer Walter Lassally Momma Don t Allow ( Tony Richardson, 1956, 22 mins): Free Cinema documentary shot by Walter Lassally
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.