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Billy Liar (1963)

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A lazy, irresponsible young clerk in provincial Northern England lives in his own fantasy world and makes emotionally immature decisions as he alienates friends and family.

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Grandma Florence
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Duxbury
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Barbara
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Rodney Bewes ...
Arthur Crabtree
George Innes ...
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Danny Boon
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Insp. MacDonald
Ernest Clark ...
Prison Governor
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Storyline

A young British clerk in a gloomy North Country undertaker's office, Billy is bombarded daily by the propaganda of the media that all things are for the asking. This transparently false doctrine, coupled with the humdrum job and his wild imagination, leads him on frequent flights to "Ambrosia," a mythical kingdom where he is crowned king, general, lover or any idealized hero the real situation of the moment makes him desire. His vacillating commitment and post-adolescent immaturity have created situations which make Ambrosia all the more attractive. He's succeeded in becoming engaged to two different girls, simultaneously, while in love with a third, Liz. He's in hot water with his employer, having spent a rather large sum of postage money on his personal frivolities. And last, but not least, his dream of becoming a highly-paid, famous scriptwriter in London seems doomed to failure. The only person in his life capable of bringing him down to earth is Liz, and she's having a difficult ... Written by alfiehitchie

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one guy... three girls... one ring!

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Release Date:

16 December 1963 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$10,785 (USA) (17 November 2000)

Gross:

$35,609 (USA) (1 December 2000)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Topsy Jane can still be seen in long-shot in some sequences, notably when Billy and Liz wave to the people of Ambrosia from the balcony. See more »

Quotes

William Terrence 'Billy' Fisher: You've start coming in at night, I'm not having you gallivanting about all hours!
William Terrence 'Billy' Fisher: Who are you having gallivanting about?
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Scotland the Brave
(uncredited)
Written by Cliff Hanley
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Very Original Early Schlesinger Work
10 July 1999 | by (Delaware) – See all my reviews

Billy Liar is basically an autobiographical film for anyone who loves to daydream and get away with mischief. I loved Courtenay's performance and the style of comedy in the film(Billy as a soldier fantasizing about killing the annoying people in his life)is funny and original


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