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A rebellious youth sentenced to a 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 a prized athlete.

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Directed by

Tony Richardson

Written by

Alan Sillitoe (Screenplay)

Runtime

104 minutes

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

Cast

Keywords

sports prison rebel based on short story kitchen sink realism borstal

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