A juvenile offender (Sir Tom Courtenay) at a tough reform school impresses its Governor (Sir Michael Redgrave) with his running ability and is encouraged to compete in an upcoming race, but faces ridicule from his peers.
Divorced working woman Alex and well-to-do Jewish family doctor Daniel Hirsh share not only the same answering service but also the favours of young Bob Elkin who bed-hops between them as ... See full summary »
Billy is an idealistic young man who is trapped in a boring life. He works in a tedious job in an undertaker's office with a permanently uptight employer, dates a soppy girl who fails to ... See full summary »
A young woman lives a life filled with bad choices. She marries and has a child with an abusive thief at a young age who quickly ends up in prison. Left alone she takes up with his mate (... See full summary »
A young British clerk in a gloomy North Country undertaker's office, Billy (Sir Tom Courtenay) 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 (Julie Christie). 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 to be doomed to failure. The only person in his life capable of bringing him down to...Written by
Considering this movie's uses of "pissed", "bastard", and numerous "bloody"s, it was passed with an "A" (now PG) cinema certificate by the BBFC after the removal of one line of dialogue. This was "What you wanted me to do that night", and was said by Liz (Julie Christie) to Billy (Sir Tom Courtenay) during their walk in the park. The line was later restored in all video and DVD releases. See more »
[after Billy reopens the door]
You rotten. lying, crossed-eyed git. You're nothing else.
William Terrence 'Billy' Fisher:
[clearly not wanting her to come inside]
Hello, Rita. Sorry, I can't ask you in. We're havin' our chimney swept.
They'll be havin' you swept before I finish.
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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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