The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
  • UR
  • 1h 43m
  • 1962
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Michael Courteny stars as an English teenager facing a life as a factory worker that he does not want who turns to petty crime and lands in a reform school. There, the reform school governor (Michael Redgrave) discovers the lad's innate talent for cross country racing, and drafts him onto the team in hopes of winning. But the long races give the young man time for deep introspection in this classic English drama. Screenplay by Alan Sillitoe, based on his short story.
© 1962 A Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Dry and full of angst, this British New Wave classic features potent social commentary and a star making performance by Tom Courtenay as a textbook example of the "angry young man."
Variety Staff

The performance of Tom Courtenay and the imaginative, if sometimes overfussy, direction of Tony Ri...

June 21, 2017
Entertainment Weekly

June 21, 2017
Time Out

Most of the period hallmarks of the British New Wave are paraded here.

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Bosley Crowther

While this show of compassion may not sit comfortably with those who distrust social agitation and...

June 17, 2017

June 17, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:October 8, 1962
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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