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

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Nominated British Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1963)
Nominated British Cinematography: Black & White
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1963)
Nominated Film and British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1963)