The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
A rebellious youth, sentenced to a boy's reformatory for robbing a bakery, rises through the ranks of the institution through his prowess as a long distance runner. During his solitary runs, reveries of his life and times before his incarceration lead him to re-evaluate his privileged status as the Governor's prize runner.
- Stars:Michael Redgrave, Tom Courtenay, Avis Bunnage, Alec McCowen, James Bolam, Joe Robinson, Dervis Ward, Topsy Jane, Julia Foster,
- Director:Tony Richardson,
- Writer:Alan Sillitoe (screenplay), Alan Sillitoe (short story)
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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner torrent reviews
(nl) wrote: Jesus this is so bad.
(gb) wrote: Enjoyable even if not great.
(au) wrote: glimpse in to Charles Swan 111 mind is worst, boring movie of seen of 2013. D
(it) wrote: Not the best movie! Quite boring actually
(es) wrote: Beautifully directed by Wayne Wang with his intimate subtle styie and great performance by Henry O as the father who comes from China to live in the U.S. with his daughter after many years of being apart. Very touching film.
(nl) wrote: great true story about the civil war.
(mx) wrote: I was kinda funny, not to be taken seriously. Could have better with funnier comedians but I see where they were going.
(de) wrote: gave me hottttttttttttttttttttttt feellllllllllllllllllllings.....
(au) wrote: Great fun. Hill's direction is fucking tight.
(es) wrote: I only know as much about Excalibur and the story about King Arthur as Monty Python told in the comedy classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail, so I went into Excalibur hoping to learn more about the mythological story than simply what a hilarious comedy parody of it could tell me.Excalibur is significantly more focused on style than it is on substance and storytelling, and this proves to be both the best quality of the film and its downfall.In terms of negative elements, Excalibur is so focused on making a film that looks good and is visually appealing that it forgets to keep things well focused and structured when it comes to storytelling. I found that the story of Excalibur was a little all over the place and that it had a bit too many story dynamics packed into such a small scale story that ran for only 140 minutes. I found myself struggling to keep up with everything and remember who all the characters were and what their relevance was to the story. There is a bit much to take in with Excalibur, and it moves at a slow pace which makes viewing a little more challenging and still doesn't give viewers too much time to be able to really take it all in. While at other times, the pace has a sudden surge which forces it to act quickly with a few too many characters to take in. Overall, from a storytelling perspective, Excalibur is a bit overwhelming and indifferently paced to truly soar in the magical theme it attempts to grasp or to really grasp the full story of King Arthur's journeys involving Excalibur as the story plays out from his teenage years to the end of his life. Excalibur just doesn't exactly cover as much ground as it truly wants to, and so it doesn't exactly feel like the big adventure that it should and instead feels a bit like a long sword and sorcery film without too much action which is slightly above the genre due to its production values. It is more likely that audiences will find Excalibur to be a fun movie than one that really tells its story intelligently.But from a visual perspective, Excalibur is magnetic.For one thing, shot on location in Ireland, Excalibur captures a lot of the lush Irish countryside which is consistently well lit and gives a strong and convincing backdrop to everything that is happening. It is against the backdrop of excellently convincing costumes and a thoroughly effective production design which is all executed on a relatively small budget. And although the cinematography doesn't exactly establish the large scale that the film is reaching for, it does manage to capture all of the colourful and delightful sights of the film. Excalibur has plenty of visual appeal to it, and the soundtrack is pretty great in establishing the adventure feel of things as well, especially when it makes use of the classical musical piece "O Fortuna".And although the storytelling isn't incredible, the script in Excalibur is very strong because it gives a lot of firm dramatic material to the actors which has Shakespearian tones to it and a very convincing langage which succeeds in reinforcing the time and setting of the film. But best of all, it gives the actors a lot of strong material to work with, so John Boorman's direction is proves to be good in terms of focus on style.And the cast does manage to make a compelling effort.Nigel Terry is a name I am not familiar with, but his lead performance as King Arthur is a mostly effective one. Although he has some humps along the way, his line delivery is consistently strong in capturing the language of the script and the passion of the character, and he manages to successfully convince viewers of playing the characters at several different points in his life, enhanced by the convincing makeup. Nigel Terry delivers the heroic spirit and determination of King Arthur with gusto, and it leads the cast on the journey fairly well.And the lovely Helen Mirren who proves time and time again to be always a nice presence in a film manages to take on the role of leading lady Morgana Le Fay really well. She delivers her lines with a delightful strength and makes herself a real genial presence, and her natural beauty makes her a treat for the eyes. It is great to look back at her now after her many years as an actress which has included her win for the Academy Award for Best Actress and see so far back to where she was just starting. She does a great job in Excalibur and makes the experience of the film more enjoyable.And the performance of Patrick Stewart is terrific. The man who today is praised for his sophistication and legendary ability to work dramatic material with his stand up persona is a terrific presence so early on in Excalibur because he takes the material and he lets it loose with a voice that booms like Brian Blessed's. His performance in Excalibur is arguably one of the most memorable of the film and considering how great his career has become since, it is refreshing to look back and see him working in fantasy material years before he transitioned into Star Trek: The Next Generation or X-Men.And the supporting efforts of Liam Neeson and Gabriel Byrne establish a strong effect on the story due to enhancing the cultural feel of everything and their natural talents for working in versatile dramatic work. Similarly, it is interesting too look back at them from early on in their careers as well.So Excalibur isn't the best example of storytelling and gets cluttered due to ineffective focus and bad plot structure as well as a few too many characters for its own good, Excalibur is a well acted and visually excellent feature which captures a certain sense of fun in its fantasy themes.
(jp) wrote: I couldn't finish it. Maybe I should attempt to someday?
(ca) wrote: Excellent political drama from director George Clooney boasts a gripping storyline and terrific performances lead by Ryan Gosling.