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½ February 20, 2017
Fine social drama capturing the time and space of the borstal inmates perfectly. It's a little outdated now, but can still very much be appreciated for what it is.
Super Reviewer
½ December 16, 2016
The ending is divisive, but nonetheless this is a decent British film for fans of Ken Loach.
November 27, 2016
a teenager is sent to borstal where he discovers his talent for running
February 26, 2016
I do NOT like the Black and white or the ending.
½ July 15, 2015
The struggles of English juvenile delinquents and the reform schools they attend.
February 5, 2015
One of the key films of the Free Cinema (kitchen sink) movement in Britain, sort of a translation of Italian neorealism to working class English settings. In this case, Tom Courtenay plays a young lad from Nottingham who finds himself sent to a reform school (borstal). There he catches the eye of the headmaster (an aging Michael Redgrave) who seeks to capitalize on Colin's (Courtenay's) nascent running skill for a big sports challenge with a local public school (i.e. private school in the UK system). The beautiful B&W cinematography often becomes lyrical on the boy's runs through the woods around the school, where we are also treated to flashbacks that tell the story of his home life: ailing dad, busy mum, first love, trouble with the law, ambition not to give in. This latter trait (which in later times would be manifest as punk rock perhaps) sets him up for conflict with the headmaster. Director Tony Richardson laces the film with jump cuts, jazz, and other touches borrowed from the concurrent French new wave - but these add rather than distract from the proceedings.
July 16, 2014
The title might indicate that this is a sporting drama, but the running very much takes a back seat as it focusses on the troubled home life of the protagonist Colin Smith. The drama is partially set in Nottingham, a city very close to my heart, so that was an added bonus. It's a really interesting 1960s social drama, with good characters and acting.
June 11, 2014
¡Definitivamente un desafío a la estabilidad!
November 27, 2013
The best example of all "Angry young man" films, it features one truly angry, young man.
June 18, 2013
This is surprisingly lightweight and no where near as resonant as I was expecting.
May 28, 2013
One of the main works of the British New Wave and its angry young man films, Tony Richardson's work is slightly dated but nevertheless retains a lot of its powerful representation of teenage restlessness.
April 7, 2013
A great british film with a superb twist and great acting throughout. A british classic.
½ March 29, 2013
I saw this film to check out the young Tom Courtenay. I read about him from his recent appearance in the movie QUARTET. He was excellent in DR ZHIVAGO. The film was shot in black and white. It has held up well for a 1960s era movie. The story was mildly interesting. It seemed a bit slow in pace. The denouement and ending were very satisfying.
October 22, 2012
15 to go for the BFI 100 British movies. Second Tom Courtney film on the bounce and a completely different performance. Filmed a year before Billy Liar, I'd forgotten it was written by Nottingham's finest, Alan Sillitoe. Also, provably the only appearance of Arthur Millard in the list?
½ September 17, 2012
Pretty good movie with some nice acting and some interesting camera shots that keep you tied to the characters.
Super Reviewer
½ June 28, 2012
Another exquisite film from 1962, the year that brought you Lawrence of Arabia, To Kill a Mockingbird and King Kong vs. Godzilla. Tony Richardson knows how to make a motion picture and this is unequivocally one of his best.
May 23, 2012
I tried to get into it but wound up far behind.
½ May 16, 2012
A piece of film history, the message is still fresh - If you're not sticking it to the man, you are the man. Innovative in subject matter - its anti-hero portrayal of the working-class struggle was never seen this way before - and technically - its stirring use of montage and fast edits harking back to rhythmic Eisenstein at his best.
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