The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

Tom Courtenay stars in this passionate, explosive tale from the British New Wave.

Colin (Tom Courtenay) is a defiant teenager who rebels against the system, refusing to follow his dying father into a factory job, railing against the capitalist bosses and preferring to make a living from petty thieving.

Sent to borstal, Colin discovers his talent for cross-country running. The borstal governor (Michael Redgrave) offers him the chance to redeem himself in a race against a local public school, and tensions build as the day approaches.

Following the huge success of Karel Reisz’s Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Alan Sillitoe here adapted another of his works for the screen. Newcomer Tom Courtenay is compelling as the sullen, disillusioned delinquent in the British New Wave classic, a passionate, explosive tale of rebellion.

Special features

  • Commentary by film historian Robert Murphy, with lead actor Tom Courtenay and writer Alan Sillitoe.
  • Video essay by cinematographer Walter Lassally.
  • Illustrated booklet including essays and biographies.
  • Momma Don’t Allow (1956), Tony Richardsons Free Cinema documentary shot by Walter Lassally.
  • Feature presented with dual mono PCM audio (48k/16-bit), extras Dolby Digital mono audio (320kbps)

Product information

    • Certificate

      12

    • Colour

      Black/white

    • Sound

      Sound

    • Running time

      100mins

    • Languages

      English

    • Original aspect ratio

      1.78:1

    • DVD region

      • 2 Europe (except Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus), Middle East, Egypt, Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Greenland, French Overseas departments and territories

    • Blu-ray region

      • B - Includes most European and Middle-Eastern countries, all of Africa, Australia and New Zealand

    • Catalogue number

      BFIB1111

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