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John Updike (short stories)
William Hanley (teleplay)
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Release Date:
12 March 1979 (USA) See more »
The story of a 20-year marriage, from the days preceding the wedding, up to the time of the divorce that ended it. | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Fielder Cook 
Writing credits
John Updike (short stories)

William Hanley (teleplay)

Produced by
Robert Geller .... executive producer
David R. Kappes .... associate producer (as David Kappes)
Chiz Schultz .... producer
Original Music by
Elizabeth Swados 
Cinematography by
Walter Lassally (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Eric Albertson 
Casting by
Isabel Halliburton 
Art Direction by
Leon Munier 
Costume Design by
Joseph G. Aulisi 
Makeup Department
Neil Barbella .... hair stylist
Rita Ogden .... makeup artist
Production Management
Harry Fine .... production supervisor
James Maniolas .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph Ray .... second assistant director
Dwight Williams .... first assistant director
Art Department
Neal DeLuca .... property master (as Neal De Luca)
Harrold Kappes .... property master (as Harold Kappes)
Sound Department
Gary Alper .... sound
David B. Cohn .... sound editor
Jack Cooley .... sound re-recording mixer
Leslie Gaulin .... assistant sound editor
Ron Kalish .... supervising sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Don Cerrone .... key grip
Tom Houghton .... gaffer
Editorial Department
Irene Bowers .... assistant editor
Music Department
Edward Bland .... music coordinator (as Ed Bland)
Elizabeth Swados .... conductor
Roy B. Yokelson .... music recording engineer
Other crew
Elinor Bunin .... title designer
Pat Depew .... script supervisor
Barbara Ludlum .... production comptroller
David Gideon Thomson .... production executive (as David Gideon-Thomson)

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98 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Richard Maple:This could have been a sexy talk.See more »


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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
For Those Who Love Literate, Intelligent Drama, 14 September 2003
Author: Jennel2 from Arizona

Based on a series of John Updike stores, which were published in the New Yorker magazine over a period of twenty years, "Too Far To Go," is one of the most incisive, and emotionally honest depictions of both the joys and sadness of marriage ever put on film. Updike's stories of upper middle class WASP characters are justly considered among the best short stories written by an American post World War II, through some readers (and some viewers, in the case of this film) may be less able to achieve empathy with such characters, with their highly paid jobs, and their secure life style, in which prep school and Ivy league educations are the norm. But Updike's themes (at least in the short stories) are universal. In "Too Far To Go," one of the rare TV movies which later received theatrical release, Michael Moriarity and Blythe Danner portray Richard and Joan Maple, from the idealistic beginning of their marriage in the late fifties, to the disintagration of it in the late seventies, under the weight of mulitple affairs by each, and the attendant deceit and resentment these affairs cause. It's a measure of Updike's skill as a writer that he is able to make characters who betray each other, and their own principles, sympathetic. It's as if he's pointing out that we start with the best intentions, but, through our inability to trust, or know another's heart, we poison and destroy that which we hold most dear. One of the stories' and this film's points departures from the conventional treatment of such issues is that, through all their fights and casual cruelty to each other, Richard and Joan still love each other, even at the final scene in the courtroom in which their divorce ritual mirrors their marriage ceremony, twenty years before. Moriarity and Danner are both excellent. Those familiar with Moriarty only through his TV work on "Law and Order," and his later supporting roles in theatrical films, might be surprised by the depth and quality of his performance here. But, in the seventies, Moriarity was considered an up and coming, serious actor, as his performance here and in "Bang the Drum Slowly" (1973) attest. Blythe Danner, Gwyneth Paltrow's mother, gave fine performances in films as diverse as "The Great Santini," and "Hearts of the West," but her performance here, as Joan Maple, may be her best on film. As Janet Maslin said when "Too Far to Go," was released into the theaters after being shown on TV, "We can now go the movies and see this remarkable Drama. " And, as Washington Post TV critic, Tom Shales, wrote at the time, "This is a production for which no award would be good enough." Do yourself a favor, and search out this fine, nearly forgotten film. I found a copy of it recently in a bin of three for ten dollar VHS tapes. Rent it or buy it, if you are a fan of fine drama, you will not be disappointed.

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