Billy Liar
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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… More

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"One of the great movies of the 1960's."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"A key work of the New British Cinema, Billy Liar features the impressive debut of director John Schlesinger and his first teaming with Julie Christie (before Darling)."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, New Times
"It's the director's most assured work, and it includes Courtenay's greatest performance. The young actor balances zestiness and frustration, levity and rage, and never soft-pedals his character's more unsympathetic tendencies."
‑ Ryan Gilbey, New Statesman
"Even though it's a seminal movie of the sixties, it never reached me emotionally."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"a unique work in the British New Cinema movement"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Not many classic films have also enjoyed success as a book, play, sitcom and musical. It's testament to the timelessness of Keith Waterhouse's source novel ..."
‑ Alan Radcliffe, The List
"... this portrait of ambition aching to break out of suffocating conformity and social expectation is viewed through the prism of fantasy and puckish humor..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
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