Billy Liar - 50th Anniversary DVD


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Tom Courtenay delivers a star-making turn as William Terrence Fisher ('Billy Liar') in one of the most memorable and universally acclaimed films of the 60s.

Running from an unsympathetic working-class family, a pair of demanding fiances and an insecure job at an undertakers, Billy escapes, Walter Mitty-like, into a world of fantasy where he can realize his dream ambitions. As work and family pressures build to new intolerable levels, Liz (an early, charismatic turn from Julie Christie), enters his drab life and offers Billy the one real chance he'll ever get to leave the past behind.

Scripted by Keith Waterhouse from his own novel, and sensitively directed by John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy), Billy Liar is one of the few comedies of the British 'New Wave', marrying visual and verbal wit with a rather poignant rumination on the futility of dreams.

Special Features:

  • Remembering Billy Liar with Tom Courtenay and Helen Fraser
  • Interview with Richard Ayoade
  • A look through the Keith Waterhouse Archive with British Library Curator Zoe Wilcox
  • Interview with Saint Etienne's Bob Stanley
  • Stills Gallery
  • Trailer

Product Details

  • Tom Courtenay,
  • Wilfred Pickles,
  • Mona Washbourne,
  • Ethel Griffies,
  • Julie Christie
  • John Schlesinger
  • 2
Sound Information:
  • Dolby Digital
Number of Discs:
  • 1
Main Language:
  • English
  • Billy Liar
Run Time:
  • 96 mins approx.
  • StudioCanal
Theatrical Release Year:
  • 1963
  • PG

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