Colin Smith (Courtenay) is a rebellious teenager in poverty-stricken Nottingham who enjoys running, to escape the harsh reality of his life. Caught stealing cash from a bakery, he’s sent to reform school, where the governor (Redgrave) promotes sports as rehabilitation and enlists Colin in a race against a rival school. During his solitary runs Colin ruminates on events prior to his incarceration, including his father’s death. He re‑evaluates his life and eventually undertakes a rebellious act, resulting in immediate loss of privileges. This landmark Angry Young Man film depicts late 50s to early 60s Britain as an elitist place that is bleak for the working class.
- Newlyn Filmhouse
UK 1962 104m