Tom Courtenay plays a young clerk lost to daydreams. Will they ever come true?
Dir John Schlesinger
With Tom Courtenay, Julie Christie, Wilfred Pickles
Few films tell a heartbreaking story as hilariously as Billy Liar, the tale of a young clerk lost to daydreams in his Yorkshire home town, daydreams that are gleefully brought to life on screen. But beneath the playfulness, the film is a masterclass in melancholy. Released into a Britain newly smitten with working-class pop culture, it forever sealed the fame of dockworker’s son Tom Courtenay.
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