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A bleak, but powerful 1960 British film that ranks as one of the most important United Kingdom imports of the decade. Director Tony Richardson (Tom Jones) tells the story of a rebellious social misfit and petty thief played by Tom Courtenay (The Dresser) who is picked to run on the track team at a reform school for boys. He finds he must balance his spirit and desire to win with his anger and frustration at the life he has led. At times a wrenching character study with no easy answers, Courtenay's performance is a touching portrait of a young man and the journey he takes as he tries to run not only for an unclear future, but from a past he cannot forget. A film indicative of the working class expressionism that came out of England in the early 1960s, Richardson's films stands alone as a downbeat, but insightful story of one man's struggle to determine who he is. --Robert Lane
It was very disturbing to watch it again after all these years, Magnificent acting, as always.Published 7 months ago by Sandra Kramer
A powerful film that has retained its power over the years. Brutally true and deftly told, the story of why Colin stops before the finish line defines an important kind of courage... Read morePublished 11 months ago by librich
Old movie, Difficult to understand dialogue.............and not just because they're British. Didn't finish watching it.Published 13 months ago by Merrill G. Clark
In the mood for a classic B&W movie? This one fits the bill. Well crafted, edited, and acted. The actors running was a bit over done. Read morePublished 15 months ago by CATA.