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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 rebellious youth, sentenced to a boy's reformatory for robbing a bakery, rises through the ranks of... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Not as relevant as it was but still interesting, well acted and has memorable moments See more (50 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)
John Brooking ... Green (uncredited)
John Bull ... Ronalds (uncredited)
James Cairncross ... Mr. Jones (uncredited)
Dallas Cavell ... Lord Jaspers (uncredited)
Peter Duguid ... Doctor (uncredited)
Raymond Dyer ... Gordon (uncredited)

Frank Finlay ... Booking Office Clerk (uncredited)

Edward Fox ... Extra (uncredited)

James Fox ... Willy Gunthorpe - Ranley School Runner (uncredited)
Brian Hammond ... Johnny Smith (uncredited)
William Ash Hammond ... Johnny Smith (uncredited)
Peter Kriss ... Scott (uncredited)
Peter Madden ... Mr. Smith (uncredited)
Philip Martin ... Stacy (uncredited)
Arthur Mullard ... Chief Borstal Officer (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 
 
Production Design by
Ralph W. Brinton  (as Ralph Brinton)
 
Art Direction by
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:
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:
First film of Julia Foster.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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17 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Not as relevant as it was but still interesting, well acted and has memorable moments, 3 January 2005
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

After getting caught robbing a bakery, Colin Smith is sent to Ruxton Towers reformatory as punishment. Working out the system quite quickly, Colin sets out to divert attention from himself, ingratiate himself with the Governor and thus have a better chance of getting an easy ride and being let out early. His background in distance running (and speed at running from the scene of his crimes) bring him to the fore in the athletics competitions and it is not long before Colin is allowed out alone to train. During his long runs Colin has time to think back over his life outside, the fun, the family upbringing and the crimes that landed him inside.

Although it has dated and is not as relevant anymore, this is still an interesting film that looks at the trap of being born into a working class family with limited opportunities and a bleak future ahead of you. The film uses flashbacks well to judge the system without being too obvious – the family background, the small hopes and dreams, the lack of inspiration etc; they all lead Colin into a petty life of crime. The structure works well to keep both threads (in and out) moving ahead well and it is interesting enough. The film also (in my opinion) is pretty fair by showing how those at the bottom of the ladder also must blame themselves for failing to take the chances offered to them – as shown by Colin's possible athletics career. This is a fair comment and helps to prevent this becoming just a rant in defence of the downtrodden classes.

Watching it today sees it lose a lot of its relevance because the class distinction is less evident now that it was then and Colin would be a lot less likable if we were a modern day Chav with a "f*** you" attitude and no education – at least here we are able to feel for him a bit. As it is Courtenay (now Sir Courtenay) plays it very well – Colin is a human, someone we like but also someone trapped in a situation that is partly his own making. Redgrave plays the upperclass Governor very well and we at once are for him and against him, feeling sorry for his failing attempts to help. Support is pretty realistic (well – I assume anyway) for the period and Bolam is a surprise find in a young role.

Overall this is still a good film but, as with anything set in a very realistic setting, it is not as relevant today as it was then. It is still interesting though and has things to say that still generally apply today even if class is less of an issue (now money has less to do with class than it did then). The acting is good, the direction is very down to earth and realistic and the film is still well worth seeing (with that very memorable conclusion to the race being a very memorable moment).

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