The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)
An inspirational and entertaining running classic
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner is an inspirational and entertaining epic that is sure to make you want to go out and get running.
Tagline: Rebel with a cause.
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner in a nutshell
This movie concerns a young man, Colin Smith (Tom Courtenay), who is sent to a youth prison for his part in a robbery at a bakery. In the institution, he rises through the ranks on the strength of his prowess as a long distance runner. During his solitary runs he begins to assess his life and his status as the governor's prize runner.
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner is a gritty movie set in the 1960s and is the story of how the lead character has to make a decision about whether or not to defy authority and win back his own self-esteem at the probable personal cost of continued confinement. Although you wouldn't immediately say this movie could inspire people to run, the fact that Colin uses his 'alone time' while running to devise his plans against the governor is a good example of how running can help you in certain areas of your life.