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Year
1962
Runtime
104 min.
Director
Tony Richardson
Genres
Drama, Sport
Rating *
7.7
Votes *
5,287
Checks
1,875
Favs
141
Dislikes
11
Favs/checks
7.5% (1:13)
Favs/dislikes
13:1
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  1. StanleyKubrick's avatar

    StanleyKubrick

    I found it fucking great. 4 years ago
  2. buddhalou's avatar

    buddhalou

    I found it on Turner Classic Movies late on a Tuesday night. 2 years 9 months ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner is a beautiful anti-authoritarian film that's a complete opposite to Chariots of Fire, which I'd just recently bailed out of after 20-30 minutes. Instead of posh college boys with high ideals running to sweeping music in beautified cinematography, this 1962 film takes us to a reform school, its headmaster's ambition, to have one of his boys win in a cross-country race against a local private school, and Tom Courtenay's rebellious new pupil/inmate Colin Smith might be the key. For all his rebellious talk though, he might fall under the spell of the privilege heaped upon him because of his athletic ability (a form of indoctrination), but running ahead of the pack - and this is where the poetic title comes in - gives one a lot of time to think, reflect and analyze. On practice runs, flashbacks show us Smith's working class family life, and how he got sent to reform school, sequences that evoked Truffaut's 400 Blows, and ultimately, Smith stands indomitable, not buying what you're sellin' guv'nor... A massive F U to the establishment, great stuff. 3 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #37 in IMDb's Sport Top 50
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  2. This movie ranks #38 in Time Out's The 100 Best British Films
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  3. This movie ranks #52 in Jennifer Eiss's 500 Essential Cult Movies
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  4. This movie ranks #61 in BFI's Top 100 British Films
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  5. This movie ranks #299 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
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  6. This movie ranks #490 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
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  7. This movie ranks #996 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
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