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Billy Liar (Criterion Collection) (1963)

Cast: Tom Courtenay, Tom Courtenay, Julie Christie, more...
Director: John Schlesinger, John Schlesinger
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Criterion
Genre: Comedies, Foreign, British Comedy, Coming of Age , Fantasy, UK, Criterion Collection
Running Time: 98 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
Billy Fisher (Tom Courtenay) is known to his blue-collar British mates as Billy Liar because of his vivid imagination. This film version of the Keith Waterhouse-Willis Hall stage play "visualizes" some of Billy's more outrageous fabrications. He periodically escapes the drudgery of his job at a funeral parlor by conjuring up impossible adventures, usually involving the conquest of women. In one of her first film roles, Julie Christie plays one of two "real" girls who wish that Billy would come down to earth and pop the question. Following this film adaptation, Billy Liar was transformed into a stage musical, and later resurfaced as a British TV series. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • Commentary with Director John Schlesinger and actors Tom Courtenay and Julie Christie
  • Excerpts from "Northern Lights," an episode of the BBC series Hollywood U.K.: British Cinema in the Sixties hosted by Richard Lester
  • Theatrical Trailer





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