• Billy Liar (2001)

Billy Liar

Release Date: March 30th, 2001

DVD Release Date: July 10th, 2001

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 38 min

Plot Summary

A young Englishman dreams of escaping from his working class family and dead-end job as an undertaker's assistant. A number of indiscretions cause him to lie in order to avoid the penalties. His life turns into a mess and he has an opportunity to run away and leave it all behind.

Cast: Tom Courtenay, Julie Christie, Wilfred Pickles, Mona Washbourne, Ethel Griffies, Finlay Currie

Director: John Schlesinger

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Vic Films, Anglo-Amalgamated Productions

Distributors: Rialto Pictures, Continental Distributing Inc.

Keywords: Friend, Friendship, 1960s, Police officer, England, Escape

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    Dana StevensThe New York Times

    One of the great movies of the 1960's, but it has been, in this country at least, maddeningly elusive. In spite of its bitter edge, Billy Liar is pure Ambrosia. show more

  • 100
    David SterrittChristian Science Monitor

    A pungent pleasure from start to finish. show more

  • 80
    Jessica WinterVillage Voice

    Often seems less a British new wave front-runner than a charming nouvelle vague tagalong, show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Awards

Nominated British Cinematography: Black & White
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1964)
Nominated Film and British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1964)
Nominated British Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1964)
Nominated British Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1964)
Nominated British Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1964)