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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962) was a Drama - Sports Film directed by Tony Richardson and produced by Tony Richardson and Michael Holden.

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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

By Rick29 on Aug 15, 2021 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

Tom Courtenay as Colin Smith."Running was always a big thing in our family, specially running away from the police. It's hard to understand. All I know is that you've got to run, running without knowing why, through fields and woods. And the winning post's no end, even though the barmy crowds might ... Read full article


The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)

By Beatrice on Aug 5, 2017 From Flickers in Time

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner Directed by Tony Richardson Written by Alan Sillitoe based on his short story 1962/UK Woodfall Film Productions Repeat viewing/Netflix rental This was the era of Angry Young Men films in Britain. ?So far, I have mostly found the alienated youth to be mor... Read full article


The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962, Tony Richardson)

on Oct 21, 2008 From The Stop Button

Despite its title, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner doesn’t really concern itself with loneliness and the only long distance running is secondary in the narrative. The film’s really something of a social piece, made rather conspicuous in the third act, with the comparison betwe... Read full article


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Colin Smith: It's not that I don't like work. It's just that I don't like the idea of slaving me guts out so the bosses can get all the profits. Seems all wrong to me.


Brown, House Master: They certainly drive themselves hard on the playing fields.
Ruxton Towers Reformatory governor: They're high-spirited Mr Brown.
Brown, House Master: If they weren't, they wouldn't be here.


Mike: Where d'you learn to drive like this?
Colin Smith: Me cousin had a milk round.


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