The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner details
|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||James Bolam, Michael Redgrave, Joe Robinson, Julia Foster, John Thaw, Alec McCowen, Tom Courtenay|
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
|Run time:||1 hour 44 minutes|
|Rental release:||23 Mar 2009|
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In a class of its ownBy MKGE from LONDON , 13 Jun 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Set in the 1960s Nottingham, an edgy 17-year-old boy, Smith, is sent to Borstal after robbing a bakery.
He lives in a small bungalow with his working class family and is being pushed over the edge by the prejudices and twisted morals of his parents. His fathers animosity towards the medical profession sends him to an early grave and his mothers lust for money means she only takes joy in spending her dead husbands insurance policy, and invites another man into the house straight away.
Although Smith is aimless, he is a gifted fast and talented runner, which the prison governor tries to exploit to fulfil his own frustrated ambition. The governor pitches Smiths talent against a private school star hoping to prove the credibility of the Borstal school system and achieve his own personal glory.
This hard-hitting classic of the 60s perfectly illustrates how difficult it is to break through class barriers.
With an intense performance by Tom Courtenay as Smith and gritty direction by Tony Richardson, the Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner has survived the test of time and reflects social issues still present today.
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Rare Dvd, Rare Film, Rare ExperienceBy se7en45 from United Kingdom , 23 Nov 2006This DVD is long out-of-print from the BFI catalogue and fetches sky-high prices on auction sites. Grab this opportunity and rent a brilliant British film the likes of which we shall never see again.
Them really were the days.
Very good... amazing acting by lead...By a customer from London, England , 25 Apr 2006Worth a watch, then go get saturday night sunday morning too. Both very good.
Controlled by your own ResentmentBy a customer from Southend, Essex , 15 Feb 2006One of my favourite films sees Tom Courtney wasting a great talent in order to make a point. I was left with an empty feeling when I first saw the film some 30 years ago, now I know why.
Hasn't stayed the distanceBy UncannyUK (31 reviews) from North Wales , 03 Jan 2006The us-against-them message of this worthy and neatly made little film now lacks relevance and it has unfortunately dated. There's an entertainingly confused mix of regional accents in what is supposedly Nottingham, the Borstall boys are all aged about 25 (watch out for a very young John Thaw), and the whole tone is one of benevolent understanding - patronising I would imagine to anyone other than the middle-class cinemagoers of the time. I hated the jaunty incidental music and speeded up film used whenever Tom Courtney and James Bolam get up to no good - it was like patting the characters on the head (not so much gritty realism, more Children's Film Foundation). And the sight of the two lads in hysterics after turning down the sound on a politician on TV is cringemaking. Perhaps I'm being over-critical. Loneliness is well acted and competently directed and is an interesting snapshot of early 60s attitudes to class in Britain. But there is little to strongly engage the viewer today. I wonder what they would have made of Scum?
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60's BritainBy Ryan Kent from Salford , 16 Dec 2005One of the best films to come from Britain in the 60's. That's all I have to say really.