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Year: 1962
Original Title: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
Length: 104 minutes
Genre: Drama, Sports
Age rating: Suitable for 12 years and over
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Release Dates

United Kingdom: September 21 1962

United States: October 08 1962


Ranking: 5,322 out of 16,357 movies (up 1379)


7.7 by 2 users

8.0 by 1 media


A lower-class young rebel named Colin Smith is convicted along with his friend Mike for shoplifting and petty crimes having to serve a sentence in a reformatory. The director of the reformatory is interested in his case and impresses him with his athletic abilities. He get his confidence and gives him the opportunity to do a race against local public school, but the road will not have it easy because he has to decide between life that give him his reformatory or not collaborate, as he has always done, and remaining the same subversive young. A 1962 sports drama directed by Tony Richardson and starring by Michael Redgrave, Tom Courtenay and Avis Bunnage. Producted by Woodfall Film Productions.


Cast The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

Tom Courtenay

Tom Courtenay

Colin Smith

Michael Redgrave

Michael Redgrave

Ruxton Towers Reformatory Governor



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Trivia The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

The British heavy metal group Iron Maiden adapted the story into a song entitled "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner". The song is featured on the album "Somewhere in Time" (1986). Tom Courtenay film's debut.