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The Long Day Closes (1992)

PG  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  28 May 1993 (USA)
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The Long Day Closes is the story of eleven-year-old "Bud." A sad and lonely boy, Bud struggles through his days. With cinema as his main source of solace, he haunts the local movie-house. ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marjorie Yates ...
Mother
Leigh McCormack ...
Bud
Anthony Watson ...
Kevin
Nicholas Lamont ...
John
Ayse Owens ...
Helen
Tina Malone ...
Edna
Jimmy Wilde ...
Curly
Robin Polley ...
Mr. Nicholls
Peter Ivatts ...
Mr. Bushell
Joy Blakeman ...
Frances
Denise Thomas ...
Jean
Patricia Morison ...
Amy (as Patricia Morrison)
Gavin Mawdsley ...
Billy (as Gavin Mawdslay)
Kirk McLaughlin ...
Labourer / Christ
Marcus Heath ...
Black Man
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The Long Day Closes is the story of eleven-year-old "Bud." A sad and lonely boy, Bud struggles through his days. With cinema as his main source of solace, he haunts the local movie-house. All the while, his family looms large in our peripheral vision as do the menacing bullies of his school, but Bud is the center of attention both from the camera's angle and from his doting family. With a gray background, the film fuses clips and audio from classic movies into Bud's dreary childhood and brings it to life with an elegance Bach would bring to your home movies. The overall effect is a montage of memory which seems to ignite flashes of recognition in the viewer. Written by Mark Fleetwood <mfleetwo@mail.coin.missouri.edu>

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Biography | Drama

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Rated PG for thematic elements and some mild language | See all certifications »
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28 May 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A hosszú nap véget ér  »

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$6,700 (USA) (30 March 2012)

Gross:

$161,179 (USA)
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The film uses 35 pieces of original music - often in their entirety - in its brief 85 minute running time. See more »

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References The Robe (1953) See more »

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Blow the Wind Southerly
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Film making at its zenith
4 August 2005 | by (Whitt, Texas) – See all my reviews

Its been said that everyone has a wonderful book in them, if they only had the skill to bring it out. Terence Davies has made several quality films, but The Long Day Closes is his personal masterpiece. Evocative, nostalgic, the film depicts a childhood lost and sweetly remembered at a time and in a nation struggling to right itself following a devastating war. Davies abandons traditional film-making and works from intuition and powerful memories to create something truly special and magnificent. Certainly not for everyone. If you are moved primarily by American Idol, Wrestlemania and NASCAR pileups, and if your idea of nostalgia is reruns of Happy Days, this movie would be a waste of your time.


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