Billy Liar

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Tom Courtenay gives a flawlessly nuanced performance as Billy Fisher, the underachieving undertaker’s assistant whose constant daydreams and truth-deficient stories earn him the nickname “Billy Liar.” Julie Christie is the handbag-swinging charmer... read more
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Tom Courtenay gives a flawlessly nuanced performance as Billy Fisher, the underachieving undertaker’s assistant whose constant daydreams and truth-deficient stories earn him the nickname “Billy Liar.” Julie Christie is the handbag-swinging charmer whose free spirit just might inspire Billy to finally move out of his parents’ house. Deftly veering from gritty realism to flamboyant fantasy, Billy Liar is a dazzling and uproarious classic.

Original Release

09/16/1963

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Cast

Tom Courtenay Billy Fisher
Wilfred Pickles Geoffrey Fisher
Mona Washbourne Alice Fisher
Ethel Griffies Grandma Florence
Finlay Currie Duxbury
Gwendolyn Watts Rita
Helen Fraser Barbara
Julie Christie Liz
Leonard Rossiter Emanuel Shadrack
Rodney Bewes Arthur Crabtree
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

John Schlesinger

Writers

Willis Hall, Keith Waterhouse

Cast

Tom Courtenay Billy Fisher
Wilfred Pickles Geoffrey Fisher
Mona Washbourne Alice Fisher
Ethel Griffies Grandma Florence
Finlay Currie Duxbury
Gwendolyn Watts Rita
Helen Fraser Barbara
Julie Christie Liz
Leonard Rossiter Emanuel Shadrack
Rodney Bewes Arthur Crabtree
Patrick Barr Insp. MacDonald
George Innes Stamp
Leslie Randall Danny Boon
Ernest Clark Prison Governor
Godfrey Winn Disc Jockey
Bryan Mosley Bit Part (uncredited)
Harry Landis Man on Train (uncredited)

Producers

Joseph Janni Producer
Jack Rix Producer

Editors

Roger Cherrill

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