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The Long Day Closes (1992)

PG | | Biography, Drama | 28 May 1993 (USA)
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
...
Mr. Bushell
Joy Blakeman ...
Frances
Denise Thomas ...
Jean
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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$161,179 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Received a 10-minute standing ovation when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival (although it ultimately went home empty-handed). See more »

Connections

References Easter Parade (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Over the Banister
from "Meet me in Saint Louis"
Performed by Judy Garland
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Poetry on Film
20 October 2000 | by (England) – See all my reviews

If you see poetry as a way of looking at life- a particular awareness or appreciation perhaps- then this film is about as close as you can get to a representation of poetry on film (along with Davies earlier- and quite similar biographical film- 'Distant Voices, Still Lives').

Memory sometimes reduces things into metonymy, and this could be used to explain the beautiful simplicity of the visuals- usually emphasising a certain aspect of living- time passing, light hitting a surface etc... bringing it out of obscurity and making the viewer focus singularly on that aspect... which is why this film could be labelled transcendental. Things that pass, or are taken for granted in everyday life transcend themselves in this film.

If you have enjoyed this film I would strongly recommend that you see 'Distant Voices, Still Lives' as well as the great works of directors such as Robert Bresson and Andrei Tarkovsky- examples of other directors whose gaze turns life into poetry.


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