Billy Liar

Billy Liar

Director: John Schlesinger Cast: Tom Courtenay, Julie Christie, Wilfred Pickles

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Billy Fisher (Tom Courtenay) is known to his blue-collar British mates as Billy Liar because of his vivid imagination. This film version of the Keith Waterhouse-Willis Hall stage play "visualizes" some of Billy's more outrageous fabrications. He periodically escapes the drudgery of his job at a funeral parlor by conjuring up impossible adventures, usually involving the conquest of women. In one of her first film roles, Julie Christie plays one of two "real" girls who wish that Billy would come down to earth and pop the question. Following this film adaptation, Billy Liar was transformed into a stage musical, and later resurfaced as a British TV series.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/03/1997
UPC: 0017153030938
Original Release: 1963
Rating: NR
Source: Republic Pictures
Presentation: [B&W]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Courtenay Billy Fisher
Julie Christie Liz
Wilfred Pickles Geoffrey Fisher
Mona Washbourne Alice Fisher
Finlay Currie Duxbury
Ethel Griffies Florence
Rodney Bewes Arthur Crabtree
Helen Fraser Barbara
George Innes Eric Stamp
Leonard Rossiter Shadrack
Godfrey Winn Himself
Ernest Clark Prison Governor
Leslie Randall Danny Boone
Gwendolyn Watts Rita
George Ghent Actor
Patrick Barr Insp. Macdonald
Anna Wing Mrs. Crabtree

Technical Credits
John Schlesinger Director
Richard Rodney Bennett Score Composer
Roger Cherrill Editor
Denys Coop Cinematographer
Willis Hall Screenwriter
Peter Handford Sound/Sound Designer
Joseph Janni Producer
Jack Rix Associate Producer
Ray Simm Production Designer
Keith Waterhouse Screenwriter

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Billy Liar 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Billy rules his own empire, fools his employer, has torrid romances, and has his family under his thumb...but only in his daydreams. Just like James Thurber's Walter Mitty character, the audience is treated to the hilarious twists and turns of Billy's fantasy world....When the gorgeous Julie Christie shows up in his life, he has to juggle the reality and the fantasy...which will he choose? For those who like biting satire, British humor, and the swinging 60's...this is your film.