Rent The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)

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1h 40min
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Synopsis:
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 to make Tony Richardson's 'The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner' one of the great British films of the 1960's. 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...
Actors:
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Directors:
Writers:
Alan Sillitoe
Studio:
BFI Video
Genres:
British Films, Classics, Drama, Sports & Sport Films
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
07/04/2003
Run Time:
100 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.66:1
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Audio commentary from film historian Robert Murphy, Alan Sillitoe and Tom Courtenay
  • Video essay from cinematographer Walter Lassally
  • Biographies of director Tony Richardson and writer Alan Sillitoe
  • Stills gallery
  • Interactive menu
  • Scene access
BBFC:
Release Date:
23/03/2009
Run Time:
104 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • 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 (1956), Tony Richardson's Free Cinema documentary shot by Walter Lassally

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