Billy Liar Film Still

Billy Liar

John Schlesinger

 
Billy Liar (Criterion DVD)

DVD

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Out of Print
  • United Kingdom
  • 1963
  • 93 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 2.35:1
  • English
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  • Spine #121

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.

Cast

Billy FisherTom Courtenay
LizJulie Christie
Geoffrey FisherWilfred Pickles
Alice FisherMona Washbourne
FlorenceEthel Griffies
Councilor DuxburyFinlay Currie
ShadrackLeonard Rossiter
BarbaraHelen Fraser
Rita Gwendolyn Watts

Credits

DirectorJohn Schlesinger
ProducerJoseph Janni
ScreenplayKeith Waterhouse and Willis Hall
Based on the novel byKeith Waterhouse
And on the play byKeith Waterhouse and Willis Hall
MusicRichard Rodney Bennett
Conducted byJohn Hollingeworth
CinematographyDenys Coop
Art directorRay Simm
EditingRoger Cherrill

Disc Features

  • New widescreen digital transfer, enhanced for 16×9 televisions
  • Audio commentary featuring director John Schlesinger and actors Tom Courtenay and Julie Christie
  • Excerpts from “Northern Lights,” an episode of the BBC series Hollywood U.K.: British Cinema in the Sixties, hosted by Richard Lester
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

    Cover based on a theatrical poster

Film Essays

Billy Liar

By Bruce Goldstein July 09, 2001

When I first encountered Billy Liar in the early 1970s, I’d never heard of it. I’d somehow acquired a 16mm panned-and-scanned print, and was intrigued by both the title and cast. I certainly . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Billy Liar: A Spinner of Fantasies Beset by Deep Indecision

By A. O. Scott July 09, 2001

British cinema in the early 1960’s pulsed with the ambitious energy, on the screen and off, of young men—not angry, necessarily, but certainly restless. The period’s defining screen performances . . . Read more »

Film Essays

Billy Liar

By Bruce Goldstein July 09, 2001

When I first encountered Billy Liar in the early 1970s, I’d never heard of it. I’d somehow acquired a 16mm panned-and-scanned print, and was intrigued by both the title and cast. I certainly . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Billy Liar: A Spinner of Fantasies Beset by Deep Indecision

By A. O. Scott July 09, 2001

British cinema in the early 1960’s pulsed with the ambitious energy, on the screen and off, of young men—not angry, necessarily, but certainly restless. The period’s defining screen performances . . . Read more »