A rebellious youth, sentenced to a boy’s reformatory for robbing a bakery, rises through the ranks of the institution by impressing its Governor through his prowess as a long distance runner. He is encouraged to compete in an upcoming race, but faces ridicule from his peers.
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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner started off slow but definitely proves itself the most coherent of the "angry young man" movies of the time. The direction and cinematography were astounding and Tom Courtenay's performance was amazing. The finale had me on the verge of a panic attack, but from a filmmaking standpoint not a bad thing...
Two hours of class tension make more for a vintage curio now than a incisive drama with many of its sharper edges nullified by time - perhaps the social pendulum has swung too far towards an acceptance of Colin's nonchalantly amoral position, which I'm not sure is a good thing. Richardson tipsily attacks the novella with plenty of free cinema trimmings veering between tragic-comedy and the kitchen sink.
Colin Smith is a rebel with a cause, the furious voice and spirit of the proletariat, the people who have to suffer for the privileged and get nothing in exchange but a terrible burden.
A battle against an opressive system, depicted in a fiery and emotive way. Magnificent characters and story, and phenomenal Tom Courtenay.
One of the crown jewels of British cinema.
Digne représentant de la fameuse école britannique du "free cinéma" cette oeuvre essentielle confirme l'exceptionnelle acuité sociale et politique du jeune Tony Richardson, idéalement structuré par la contribution romanesque et concernée d'un écrivain rare et puissant, le remarquable Alan Sillitoe et servi avec talent et maestria par un acteur épatant et débutant, le magnétique Tom Courtenay... www.cinefiches.com
A tribute to Working Class Britain. Up there with Kes, Trainspotting, The Full Monty, This is England, If...., Secrets & Lies, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, This Sporting Life, and arguably better than them all. Tom Courtenay is awesome.
El ritmo de la pelicula es bueno sin embargo es solo un telón para la gran carrera. Un film que nos muestra la determinación para mantener una dignidad compartida por una generación de suburbios, un momento lo vale, un momento sublime y propio que lo cambia todo, el control sobre el camino.