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Billy Liar

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John Schlesinger

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About the Movie

Billy Fisher is a lazy, wildly inventive and irresponsible clerk in a North Country town, who defrauds his employers of the petty cash. Unable to accept the drab reality of life, Billy escapes into a world of fantasy, imagining he is a successful man of the world in various situations. Communication at home is uneasy; his inexplicable lying shocks his parents. But when he becomes engaged to two girls at the same time and invents a demand for his non-existent writing talents, his troubles become more complex. That is, until he meets Liz, a beautiful and understanding girl, who appreciates the creative instincts hidden behind his dreams.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 13
  • Fresh: 13
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 7.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: One of the great movies of the 1960's. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: It's the director's most assured work, and it includes Courtenay's greatest performance. The young actor balances zestiness and frustration, levity and rage, and never soft-pedals his character's more unsympathetic tendencies. – Ryan Gilbey, New Statesman, May 31, 2013

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Customer Reviews

waste of your time

please save yourself the money and dont waste your precious time. Absolutely nothing happens in this move and then it is over. i cannot stress enough, dont listen to the rotten tomato rating, its entered in error. not the greatest movie of the 60s.

Fantastic Film!!

If you are a Smiths fan then this is a definite buy. Wonderful movie 👌🏼

Billy Liar
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  • $5.99
  • Genre: Romance
  • Released: 1963

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