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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:
Superb 60's drama. Every scene is Courtney's 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)
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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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Soundtrack:
Guitar Music in DormitorySee more »

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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Superb 60's drama. Every scene is Courtney's, 22 September 2006
Author: Andy Howlett from United Kingdom

"Where the bloody hell have *you* been?" I'm sure this phrase appears in every black & white British 'kitchen sink' film of the time, usually asked by the exhausted mother or father of their wayward son. Colin Smith is a lad who is on the verge of becoming uncontrollable. Low-level crime and an aversion to authority make him every mother's nightmare. When his father dies and his mother takes up with a slimy fancy-man, Colin gets even worse and rebels. When he is convicted of burglary he is sent to Borstal and expected to bow down to the harsh routine, but his talent for running is spotted by the governor and he is encouraged to train for the inter-school Cup against the local 'posh' school. Will Colin do his duty? The film takes the unusual (for its time) structure of long flashbacks to Colin's home life while he is training. This is very effective and puts life into what could have been a rather dull film. There is one joyous scene in which Colin is first allowed out of the borstal gates to train - the sun is shining, we can almost smell the cool, fresh air and the soundtrack bursts into some glorious jazz trumpet. It's such an uplifting tune and so typical of its period that this film would be worth the price of the DVD just for this moment. Despite the depressing theme and grimy visuals, this film - made at the height of the 'gritty British drama' period of the 60's - is a delight.

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