The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)
Teen alienation and apathy had been glamourised in movies at least since the heyday of Jimmy Dean, but this British New-Wave entry by Tony Richardson took to the topic with a stark, kitchen-sink approach. The acute pessimism of the ending remains provocative and sobering. And Tom Courtenay's lead performance is unnervingly unaffected.
dir: Tony Richardson
wr: Alan Sillitoe
ph: Walter Lassally
cast: Tom Courtenay, Michael Redgrave, Avis Bunnage, Alec McCowen, James Bolam, Joe Robinson, Dervis Word, Topsy Jane, Julia Foster