Movies Abroad: Blue-Eyed Boy

When American movie actors come suddenly to fame, they are often top-heavy with inexperience, running dangerously before a full gale of publicity. With English actors, it is usually the other way round: their training and experience are so solid that their achievement of prominence seems inevitable rather than lucky.

The latest of these is Tom Courtenay, who plays the young delinquent hero in the film version of Alan Sillitoe's The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner. He looks like malnutrition itself—hollow cheeks, hair too long, sallow skin that seems to harbinger a...

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