Billy Liar details
|Formats:||PG DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Ethel Griffies, Rodney Bewes, Gwendolyn Watts, L, Leonard Rossiter, Julie Christie, Finlay Currie, Wilfred Pickles, Tom Courtenay, Mona Washbourne|
|Genres:||Comedy - British, Drama - Family, Romance|
|Collections:||The Classic Collection|
|Run time:||1 hour 34 minutes|
|Rental release:||25 Feb 2002|
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Definitely one of the best British films everBy McClennan (424 reviews) from St Helens , 24 Aug 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]Capturing the change in Britain around the time it was made, it'd make a great film to watch before Blow-Up. A British classic which spoke volumes to me.
Non-judgemental, funny and warm in parts,it really does give you a feel for the change in British society as the 60s were kicking in. Despite the fantasies that Billy has, the film is entrenched firmly in reality and gives honest and realistic reactions to the situations that arise in the film.
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Billy Liar at 50 on Blu-RayBy a customer , 18 May 2013Just watched the Blu-Ray disc of Billy Liar and it is just beautiful. Having not seen it for many years I cannot believe how good the film now looks. There is also a very interesting interview with an archivist of the written work of Keith Waterhouse.
"So That's Your Ambition, Is It? Scriptwriting"?By a customer , 21 Nov 2012'Billy Liar' is a cracking, classic film from the 1960's.
Well written, well acted and thoroughly enjoyable, it also includes some of the top names from 1960's British Cinema.
Well preserved piece of nostalgiaBy ash53 (53 reviews) from newbury , 30 Mar 2012Well preserved piece of nostalgia that showcases some brilliant acting - not sure about the rib-tickling humour - perhaps that has worn thin in the intervening years - if anything I thought it was 'darker' than i did when i first saw it 20 years ago. Julie Christie is of course luminous even in black and white and you can see why the film got the plaudits it did when it was released. The odd thing is you could re-cast it ( possibly ) and set it in the 'now' and you would still be able to make a credible film - not many old movies you can say that about are there?
British film at its bestBy a customer , 16 Dec 2011
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideprovoking portrayal of the industrial north, a Britain getting to grips with Post War landscape, literally and socio-economically. Billy Liar wants to escape his past, he has ambition and dreams of recognition. Radiant Julie Christie in a breakthrough role is subtle and charming supporting actress to Courtenay, whose up and down portrayal combines both tragedy and comedy.
The scene with dialect is especially poignant, funny and melancholic at the same time.
Sunday night, BBC2By DeathOfNarrativeCinema (156 reviews) from Wallingford , 13 Mar 2011I loved Billy Liar when I first saw it on the television some time in the late 1970s. I was still living at my parents' house, doing a pre-PC office job that involved filing and carbon paper, and we had a small black and white telly. Billy Liar, c'est moi.
Watching it again the film, like the reviewer, hasn't always aged well. So it (like me) only gets four stars. But it's still far and away the best thing Tom Courtenay has ever done, and beyond the funny bits about calendars and engagement rings there's an aching nostalgia in it about the loss of youth and hope.
Still a favourite. Julie Christie, as you were, marry me, as I was, and let's catch that train back to the 1960s when love and a cigarette really were answers.
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