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Billy Liar 1963 123movies

Billy Liar 1963 123movies

one guy ... three girls ... one ring!Aug. 15, 196398 Min.
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Watch: Billy Liar 1963 123movies, Full Movie Online – Going nowhere fast, Billy Fisher, an incorrigible fantasizer, dreams incessantly of escaping his drab existence and humdrum routine work as an undertakers’ clerk in Yorkshire. Seeking refuge from his working-class family and not one but two demanding fiancees in the imaginary country called Ambrosia, more and more, Billy finds himself cut off from reality, picturing himself as its ruler and hero. Then, as Billy’s fabrications grow increasingly wilder and problems start piling up, lovely, happy-go-lucky Liz enters the young day-dreamer’s life, offering a way out of this fine mess. However, new beginnings are always scary, and Billy must make up his mind: it’s either a fresh start in London or an endless beautiful lie in Ambrosia..
Plot: A young Englishman dreams of escaping from his working class family and dead-end job as an undertaker’s assistant. A number of indiscretions cause him to lie in order to avoid the penalties. His life turns into a mess and he has an opportunity to run away and leave it all behind.
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A great film to become completely absorbed in.
What makes this little black and white film so absorbing? As I was watching it on late-night TV, I found myself on the edge of my seat, gripping the arms of my chair, trying not to yell at the main character, Billy Fisher, near the end of the film. How absorbed can you be?

The dialogue, the acting, and the storyline was so realistic and natural that I had completely forgotten that I was watching a film. Years later on the next viewing I had thought it wouldn’t suck me in again, especially since I knew the ending, but I was wrong. In fact I was able to appreciate it all the more on the second viewing.

Tom Courtenay plays Billy Fisher, who is an immature, irresponsible young man living in a Walter Mitty-ish fantasy world, and invents implausible stories to attempt to hide his escapades, but his lies keep backfiring on him.

His life is rapidly falling apart. He is supposed to mail out calendars from his employers to their clients, but he doesn’t mail them, and keeps the postage money. He even manages to con two girls into becoming engaged to him, and that explodes into a catfight over him when they find out. His grandmother is dying, his father is continually angry at him, and everything he does just makes matters worse.

Fortunately, he meets Liz, (played by Julie Christie, who is the best thing in this great movie). She is sweet, beautiful, and understands him completely because of her own need to escape, which she does by travelling around the country.

He has the opportunity to get away from all the trouble he’s in and go to London, and make a fresh start with Liz who is so perfect for him. But can he change? Can he summon the courage to break free of the messy but secure life he knows and face the unknown? Will he recognise that Liz is the best thing that could ever happen to him?

I’m not going to tell you, because that would spoil the film, but, whichever way he decides, any film that has you on the edge of your seat, yelling “Go with her! Don’t miss this opportunity! Go! Go!” you know it’s a truly wonderful and realistic film!

Review By: Eva Ionesco
“Billy Liar” is early vehicle for Julie Christie
Although Tom Courtenay is the star of “Billy Liar” and gives an outstanding performance as this British version of a “Walter Mitty-like” character, it’s a very young Julie Christie who steals the show. Her part isn’t large and her on-screen time is limited, but Christie’s free-spirited carefree role changes the dynamics of the film and challenges Courtenay’s Billy Fisher to do something with his life besides living in a complex fantasy world of his own making. Fisher is mainly concerned with his standing in Ambrosia, a make-believe European country where he resides as military hero, dictator and all-around super human being. He’s forever leading the parade in this imaginative world as his real life passes him by. In reality, Fisher lives in a drab northern English city and employed as an undertaker’s assistant. He’s a notorious and habitual liar and under-achieving in every facet of his existence—except one. He has more than one fiancée and is constantly juggling his lies to keep them at arm’s distance. In the hands of a less capable director, Fisher’s “problems” wouldn’t elicit anything more than a yawn and a cheap laugh. But the great John Schlesinger is able to present Billy’s story with a bundle of humor tinged with a whiff of sympathy. He’s really a lost soul but doesn’t know it yet. The ambivalent ending can be taken two different ways depending on the viewer’s opinion. The final scene where Christie leaves alone on the train to London stays with you long after the final reel is over.

“Billy Liar” was Tom Courtenay’s second major success after “The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner” was released the previous year. He followed this role with a lead part in David Lean’s epic “Doctor Zhivago.” He’s kept himself busy with stage and screen work to this day and he’s now “Sir” Thomas Courtenay. For Julie Christie, all the doors opened up for her after “Billy” and she continued on to international success. Her next film, also with Schlesinger directing, was “Darling” for which she took home the Academy Award for Best Actress. But seeing her in this first major role is certainly a treat. It’s easy to see why she became one of screen’s all-time leading ladies. Actress debuts don’t come any better than Julie Christie’s in “Billy Liar.” John Schlesinger’s career took off after “Billy Liar” and “Darling.” He’s probably best remembered now for directing Dustin Hoffmann and Lawrence Olivier in the thriller “Marathon Man.”

Review By: chuck-reilly

Other Information:

Original Title Billy Liar
Release Date 1963-08-15
Release Year 1963

Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 38 min (98 min)
Budget 0
Revenue 35609
Status Released
Rated Not Rated
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director John Schlesinger
Writer Keith Waterhouse, Willis Hall
Actors Tom Courtenay, Julie Christie, Wilfred Pickles
Country United Kingdom
Awards Nominated for 6 BAFTA 7 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Website N/A

Technical Information:

Sound Mix Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera N/A
Laboratory N/A
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process CinemaScope
Printed Film Format 35 mm

Billy Liar 1963 123movies
Billy Liar 1963 123movies
Billy Liar 1963 123movies
Original title Billy Liar
TMDb Rating 6.831 86 votes

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