Movie Review: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

I struggled watching this movie made in 1962.  Maybe in part because it was a black and white movie, but probably more likely because the movie wasn’t centered around running as much as the title initially led me to believe.  Or perhaps I just never grew accustomed to the British accents.

This movie focuses more on the main character’s petty crime and time spent at reform school than running.  The last scene is centered around a cross country race, but beyond another shot of a practice or two, little else contained anything related to running.  Instead of understanding the loneliness of the long distance runner, I felt the loneliness of being one of the few that has ever watched this movie in its entirety.  I would not recommend this movie if you expect a plot centered around running.



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