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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:
A compelling attack on "the system" 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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Free Cinema (1986) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Rhona Roy Dresses (TV Advertisement)See more »

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19 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
A compelling attack on "the system", 27 June 2001
Author: Steven Mears (rmears@worldnet.att.net) from Clifton, Virginia

A powerful and absorbing commentary on the plight of poor adolescents in working-class British society. The story is told through flashbacks, as a reform school delinquent recalls his troubled home life and the events that drove him to become what he is.

Colin (Tom Courtenay), the rebellious young man, embodies the depths to which one can sink as a result of poverty. When his father dies, he is forced to become the figure of stability in the lives of his abrasive mother and all his siblings. The incessant desire for money, instilled in him by his mother, drives him to rob a bakery. This lands him in reform school, where his aptitude as a long distance runner catches the eye of the school's progressive governor (Michael Redgrave). The governor has resolved that his students must defeat the local public school in a race, and puts Colin in training to represent them.

Running provides Colin with an opportunity to escape his problems, vent his aggressions, and consider his prospects. The governor takes a liking in him and begins giving him special privileges. He is forced to decide if he should continue with his defiant behavior, or instead play by the rules.

Redgrave wisely plays the governor not as a stereotypical prison warden, but as a fair and rational man driven to win. Courtenay's performance is nothing short of brilliant. He captures all the agony of an individual forced to mature before his time, molded by a society which has no use for his kind. Do any of the inmates in the school really reform, or do they all just `play the game' until they are released? This is among the many pertinent questions raised by this key film of its time.

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