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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12
Cast
Tom Courtenay
Michael Redgrave
Avis Bunnage
Peter Madden
Directors
Tony Richardson
Screenwriters
Alan Sillitoe
Running Time
104 minutes

The Loneliness of The Long Distance Runner
Michael Redgrave and the debuting Tom Courtenay are excellent in this 'grim oop north' Alan Sillitoe tale.


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Plot
Sent to the Ruxton Towers for robbing a bakery, Nottingham teenager Colin Smith thinks back on his dead-end life while training for the cross-country race against a nearby public school that is the over-riding preoccupation of the borstal's governor.


Verdict
Indeed, Michael Redgrave and the debuting Tom Courtenay are excellent. Moreover, there's still a relevant sting in Sillitoe's tale. It's provocative and enjoyable, but not a classic.


Reviewed by Patrick Peters

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