Billy Liar Blu-ray Review

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The 1960s was a real breeding ground for British New Wave, dramas and while Billy Liar is more of a black comedy, it does just sneak into this genre. Released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the cinematic release, this is a classic movie in many respects.

Based on a novel by Keith Waterhouse, it tells the story of a lay about day dreamer – William Fisher, who spends half of his time in his own fantasy world. Acknowledged as one of the classic Brit movies, it is for the most part, a gentle, unassuming piece of cinematic theatre. Indeed, the film was made following the success of the West End play, with Tom Courtney moving from his role as understudy on stage to star as William in the film. He is joined by Helen Fraser as Barbara, Julie Christie as Liz and Gwendolyn Watts as Rita. Billy has love interests with all three girls, but none of them seem to suit or satisfy him. His friend and workmate is Arthur Crabtree ably played by Rodney Bewes. They are...


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