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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner Details

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One of the key "angry young man" films which helped define the British "Kitchen Sink Drama" style of the late 1950's and early 60's, this story centers on Colin Smith (Tom Courtenay), a bitter young man from a working-class family. Uninterested in school and determined not to follow his father into factory work, Colin and his friend Mike (James Bolam) make their pocket money through petty crime, until they're arrested after the robbery of a baker's shop and sentenced to Borstal (British reform school). The Governor of the school (Michael Redgrave) takes a keen interest in Colin, but he cares less for his rehabilitation than his gifts as a broken-field runner; Colin finds himself torn between the need to please his captors and his determination not to play along with what he sees as a corrupt system. The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner was the first film for Courtenay, whose performance earned him the "Most Promising Newcomer" prize at the 1962 British Film Academy awards. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:October 8, 1962

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Tom Courtenay Most Promising Newcomer 1962 Winner

Cast

Tom Courtenay
as Colin Smith
Michael Redgrave
as Governor
James Bolam
as Mike
Avis Bunnage
as Mrs. Smith
James Cairncross
as Jones
Alec McCowen
as Brown
Peter Madden
as Mr. Smith
Julia Foster
as Gladys
Topsy Jane
as Audrey
Frank Finlay
as Booking Office Clerk
Peter Duguid
as Doctor
Robert Percival
as Tory Politician
Raymond Austin
as Craig
James Fox
Arthur Mullard
as Chief Officer
John Brooking
as Green
Peter Kriss
as Scott
Anthony Sagar
as Fenton
John Thaw
as Bosworth
Dervis Ward
as Detective
Anthony Sagar
as Fenton
John Brooking
as Green
Arthur Mullard
as Chief Officer
John Thaw
as Bosworth
Peter Kriss
as Scott
Raymond Austin
as Craig

Crew

Tony Richardson
Director
Tony Richardson
Producer
Alan Sillitoe
Screenwriter
Alan Sillitoe
Book Author
Walter Lassally
Cinematographer
John Addison
Composer (Music Score)
Josie MacAvin
Set Designer
Jimmy Evans
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