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Long Ago, Tomorrow (1971)

The Raging Moon (original title)
Bruce Pritchard is paralysed mysteriously after his Brothers wedding. Rejected by his family, he is placed in a nursing home. Angry and depressed, he finds hope with a nurse. Can Bruce find a life outside the home?

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Bruce Pritchard
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Jill Matthews
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Sarah Charles
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Uncle Bob
Gerald Sim ...
Rev. Corbett
Michael Flanders ...
Clarence Marlow
Margery Mason ...
Matron
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Bill Charles
Geoffrey Whitehead ...
Harold Pritchard
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Terry (as Christopher Chittell)
Jack Woolgar ...
Bruce's Father
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Dr. Mathews
Constance Chapman ...
Mrs. Mathews
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Geoffrey
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Mr. Latbury
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Storyline

Bruce Pritchard is paralysed in a soccer game and is confined to a wheelchair in a convalescence home. But this doesn't slow his lust for life. Then he meets Jill and has to think about the effects of disability. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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"It does matter. Everything matters. If I don't believe that, I've had it."

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Drama | Romance

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GP | See all certifications »
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16 April 1971 (Ireland)  »

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Long Ago, Tomorrow  »

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1.85 : 1
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The title comes from a phrase in a Dylan Thomas poem See more »

Quotes

Bruce Pritchard: Hey, don't cry.There's nothing to cry about.
Jill Matthews: I'm not.
Bruce Pritchard: It's no good being in love if it makes you cry.
Jill Matthews: I'm not crying.
Bruce Pritchard: I only want to make you happy.
Jill Matthews: Oh, you do.
Bruce Pritchard: What?
Jill Matthews: You do.
Bruce Pritchard: That's why you're crying? Because you're happy? You're going to be crying for all your married life, then.
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Connections

Referenced in O Lucky Malcolm! (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Onward Christian Soldiers
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Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by Sabine Baring-Gould
First line sung by Malcolm McDowell
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My brief review of the film
18 February 2006 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Ultimately this is just another love story with all the typical plot elements, but the physical disabilities of the protagonists add an interesting twist, and the material is handled well by the cast, the director, and in fact, all concerned. The pacing of the film is deliberately slow, as are some of the pans, which effectively sets up the mood of the film. Blues are used well in the film also, and there is some careful framing to show the characters against different trappings. The music serves to establish the mood as well, and the film is hardly ever maudlin - the sentimental factor is balanced well, except in the final twenty minutes. Lastly, Nannette Newman and Malcolm McDowell both deserve to be praised for their acting here. Each of them has their own share of solid drama to handle, and they both do a good job, but McDowell in particular, who perfectly captures the resentment and depression that his character feels. Overall, it is just another romantic drama, but it is still a film well done.


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