The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner Poster

Release Date: October 13th, 2000

DVD Release Date: February 13th, 2007

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 43 min

Plot Summary
Fleet-footed Colin Smith (Tom Courtenay) is a rebellious teenager in the poverty-stricken town of Nottingham, in northern England, who enjoys running as an escape from his harsh reality. Caught stealing cash from a bakery, Colin is sent to a reform school where the manipulative governor (Michael Redgrave) promotes sports as rehabilitation by enlisting Colin in a foot race against a prestigious rival school. What the governor doesn't realize is that Colin is not so easily disciplined.

Cast: Tom Courtenay, Michael Redgrave, Avis Bunnage, Peter Madden, James Bolam, Julia Foster, Dervis Ward, Raymond Dyer

Director: Tony Richardson

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Bryanston Films Ltd., British Lion Film Corporation [gb], Woodfall Film Productions

Distributors: Continental Distributing Inc.

Keywords: Spirited, Brooding, Revenge, 1960s, Intense, Rivalry, Growing up

Awards

Winner Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1962)