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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

Tony Richardson (1962)

12 Certificate


Our Score
Having already scored successes with Look Back in Anger and A Taste of Honey, director Tony Richardson completed his outstanding "kitchen sink" collection with this stirring tale of the borstal boy who dares to buck the system just as it offers him a lifeline. Tom Courtenay delivers a remarkable debut performance as the embittered delinquent whose talent for running gives governor Michael Redgrave the means to raise the profile of his run-down institution. Masterfully adapted by Alan Sillitoe from his own story and unobtrusively shot by Walter Lassally, this is as powerful and relevant today as it ever was.


A rebellious working-class teenager drifts into a life of petty crime and finds himself in a young offender's institution, but decides to join an athletics team to gain recognition and help pass the time in Borstal. Sporting drama, starring Tom Courtenay, Michael Redgrave, James Bolam and Julia Foster.

Cast & Crew

Colin Smith Tom Courtenay
Governor Michael Redgrave
Mrs Smith Avis Bunnage
Mr Smith Peter Madden
Mike James Bolam
Gladys Julia Foster
Audrey Topsy Jane
Detective Dervis Ward
Gordon Raymond Dyer
Brown Alec McCowen
Roach Joe Robinson
Stacey Philip Martin
Chief officer Arthur Mullard
Mr Jones James Cairncross
Craig Ray Austin
Fenton Anthony Sagar
Bosworth John Thaw
Scott Peter Kriss
Director Tony Richardson
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Theatrical distributor: BFI Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 11 Oct 2002


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