The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner DVD


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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 own novels for the screen. Newcomer Tom Courtenay is totally compelling as the sullen, disillusioned delinquent in this British New Wave classic, a passionate, explosive tale of rebellion.


  • Commentary with lead actor Tom Courtenay and writer Alan Sillitoe, moderated by film historian Robert Murphy
  • Video essay by cinematographer Walter Lassally
  • Momma Don’t Allow (1956), Tony Richardson’s Free Cinema documentary shot by Walter Lassally

Cast and Crew:

Directed by celebrated British filmmaker Tony Richardson (Look Back in Anger, Tom Jones, The Charge of the Light Brigade).

Starring British acting legends Tom Courtney (Billy Liar, Doctor Zhivago) and Michael Redgrave (The Lady Vanishes, The Dam Busters)

Written by Alan Sillitoe (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning)

Product Details

  • Tom Courtney
  • Tony Richardson
  • 2
Sound Information:
  • Dolby Digital
Number of Discs:
  • 1
Run Time:
  • 99 mins approx.
  • BFI
Theatrical Release Year:
  • 1962
  • 12

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