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Director:
Writers:
Alan Sillitoe (screenplay)
Alan Sillitoe (short story)
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Release Date:
8 October 1962 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A juvenile offender impresses the reform school Governor with running abilities. He is in turn given special privileges to encourage him to win a race against the local public school, but he is therefore teased his fellow rebellious peers. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A magnificent unappreciated film See more (54 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Michael Redgrave ... Ruxton Towers Reformatory Governor

Tom Courtenay ... Colin Smith
Avis Bunnage ... Mrs. Smith

Alec McCowen ... Brown

James Bolam ... Mike

Joe Robinson ... Roach
Dervis Ward ... Detective
Topsy Jane ... Audrey

Julia Foster ... Gladys
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ray Austin ... Craig (uncredited)
Ernest Blyth ... Army Officer at Sports Day (uncredited)
John Brooking ... Green (uncredited)
John Bull ... Ronalds (uncredited)
James Cairncross ... Mr. Jones (uncredited)
Dallas Cavell ... Lord Jaspers (uncredited)
Peter Duguid ... Doctor (uncredited)

Charles Dyer ... Bit part (uncredited)
Raymond Dyer ... Gordon (uncredited)

Frank Finlay ... Booking Office Clerk (uncredited)

Derek Fowlds ... Borstal inmate (uncredited)

Edward Fox ... Extra (uncredited)

James Fox ... Willy Gunthorpe - Ranley School Runner (uncredited)
Brian Hammond ... Johnny Smith (uncredited)
William Ash Hammond ... Johnny Smith (uncredited)
Victor Harrington ... Army Officer at Sports Day (uncredited)
Peter Kriss ... Scott (uncredited)
Aileen Lewis ... Sports Day Spectator (uncredited)
Peter Madden ... Mr. Smith (uncredited)
Philip Martin ... Stacy (uncredited)
Arthur Mullard ... Chief Borstal Officer (uncredited)
Jim O'Brady ... Man in Cafe (uncredited)
Anita Oliver ... Alice Smith (uncredited)
Christopher Parker ... Bill Smith (uncredited)
Robert Percival ... Tory Politician (uncredited)
Doug Robinson ... Prison Warder (uncredited)
Anthony Sagar ... Fenton (uncredited)

John Thaw ... Bosworth (uncredited)
Chris Williams ... Public School Boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Tony Richardson 
 
Writing credits
Alan Sillitoe (screenplay)

Alan Sillitoe (short story)

Produced by
Michael Holden .... associate producer
Tony Richardson .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Addison 
 
Cinematography by
Walter Lassally (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Antony Gibbs 
 
Casting by
Maude Spector (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Ralph W. Brinton  (as Ralph Brinton)
 
Art Direction by
Edward Marshall  (as Ted Marshall)
 
Costume Design by
Sophie Devine  (as Motley)
 
Makeup Department
Jimmy Evans .... makeup artist
Bobbie Smith .... hair stylist (as Bobby Smith)
 
Production Management
Leigh Aman .... production supervisor
Robert Sterne .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Basil Rayburn .... assistant director
John Danischewsky .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Andrew Mollo .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Thomas Erley .... property supervisor (uncredited)
Josie MacAvin .... set dresser (uncredited)
Terry Parr .... prop buyer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Norman Bolland .... sound recordist
Don Challis .... sound editor
Stephen Dalby .... sound director
Tom Buchanan .... boom operator (uncredited)
Karen Heward .... assistant dubbing editor (uncredited)
Derrick Leather .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Dave Tracey .... stunts (uncredited)
Robin Webb .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Desmond Davis .... camera operator
Fred Anderson .... electrician chargehand (uncredited)
Frank Boston .... camera grip (uncredited)
Aubrey Dewar .... still photographer (uncredited)
Manny Wynn .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brenda Dabbs .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Brian Smedley-Aston .... assistant editor
Pamela Milner-Gardner .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John Addison .... conductor
John Addison .... music arranger
 
Other crew
Rita Davison .... continuity
Alan Kaplan .... production executive
Patrick Boyle .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jane Moscrop .... production secretary (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
104 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:S | Hong Kong:IIA | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:12 (re-rating) (2002) | UK:15 (video rating) (1990)

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Trivia:
Tony Richardson's loose filming technique didn't always sit well with Tom Courtenay, even though the result seemed to be a perfect match of acting and directing styles. On the commentary accompanying the British DVD release, the now veteran actor says rather favorably that it sometimes felt like they were shooting a documentary, but in 1962 he noted his surprise, upon first seeing the film, at "just how sloppy and modern it looked" and how he learned on this production that "one of the skills in acting is to take from the director what he can give you that helps, and don't take any notice of what he does or doesn't do that upsets your performance."See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: When the boys are doing gardening work one character calls another "you mug" (meaning gullible idiot). This is incorrectly recorded in the subtitles as "you muppet" but the word "muppet" - meaning an idiot - was not in use when the film was made.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Colin Smith:Running was always a big thing in our family, specially running away from the police. It's hard to understand. All I know is that you've got to run, running without knowing why, through fields and woods. And the winning post's no end, even though the barmy crowds might be cheering themselves daft. That's what the loneliness of a long distance runner feels like.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Endeavour: Harvest (#4.4)" (2017)See more »
Soundtrack:
Guitar Music in DormitorySee more »

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25 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
A magnificent unappreciated film, 9 August 2002
Author: carloi-1 from Scottsdale, Arizona (USA)

I recently watched this movie again on TV. The wonderful performances by Tom

Courtenay and Michael Redgrave have not diminished with time. The movie is

also full of technical innovations at the time. One of these is common today, a fast switching between the two time frames of the story. The life of the hero in a quasi-prison and the family life that led to his capture and conviction. The movie also predates the current of "Angry Young Men" that was to be so prolific in

British Cinema. Others have remarked on the wondrous scenes of Courtenay

running in open countryside as he trains for a long distance competition. The accompaniment of a jazz trumpet also fit well. But to me the core of the movie is the rage of the hero towards the "establishment" beautifully symbolized by

Michael Redgrave's Headmaster. Don't miss this movie if you have a chance.

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