Film: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner 15 rating Year: 1962
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Country: UK Genre: Drama
Director: Tony Richardson
Starring: Tom Courtenay, Avis Bunnage, Michael Redgrave, James Bolam

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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner Synopsis - The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner centres around Colin a rebellious young lad, who after getting caught stealing from a bakery, is sentenced to a borstal. Whilst he is there he uses his guile in order to gain favour. To this end he uses his prowess for long distance running to get him into the Governors good books. But during his long runs he has time to look back at his life prior to him ending up in Borstal, and this leads him to consider his current plight. But which path will he decide to take.

Review of The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner - The early sixties British cinema was smitten with the Kitchen sink / Angry young man genre as espoused by the director and writer of this film (Tony Richardson and Alan Sillitoe respectively). The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner is certainly one of the very best of that genre. What is particularly surprising about this film is just how convincing Tom Courtenay is as this particular angry young man. Also excellent is James Bolam as a fellow inmate. Ok the film doesn't stand up quite as well after all this time, but I would certainly much rather watch this than "Rebel Without a Cause".
The reasons I recommend The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner are: 1. The performance of Tom Courtenay. 2. A superb story.