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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?

Director:

Bryan Forbes

Writers:

Peter Marshall (novel), Bryan Forbes (screenplay)
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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:
Malcolm McDowell ... Bruce
Nanette Newman ... Jill
Georgia Brown ... Sarah
Bernard Lee ... Uncle Bob
Gerald Sim ... Rev. Corbett
Michael Flanders Michael Flanders ... Clarence Marlow
Margery Mason Margery Mason ... Matron
Barry Jackson ... Bill
Geoffrey Whitehead ... Harold
Christopher Chittell ... Terry
Jack Woolgar Jack Woolgar ... Bruce's Father
Norman Bird ... Dr. Mathews
Constance Chapman ... Mrs. Mathews
Michael Lees ... Geoffrey
Geoffrey Bayldon ... 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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Long Ago, Tomorrow See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

EMI Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. 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

Many Loving Things
Roger Cook sings
Music by Stanley Myers
Lyrics by Roger Cook
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Excellent portrayal of a person with injury and disability
25 October 1999 | by revWayneSee all my reviews

I accidentally saw this in 1981, just flipping channels. It is a powerful story with excellent acting by Malcolm McDowell, and was ahead of its time on issues of disability. It starts with an injury to a young soccer player (McDowell) and then proceeds to show various stages in his mental adjustment to his permanent condition, the relationships he forms, and moves toward a powerful look at meaning and purpose in life beyond the difficulties we face, without minimizing those difficulties. It is much more than an "overcoming injury" story, of which there are many. It is drama at its best. I recommend it especially for those who work with persons with disabilities, but beyond that to anyone who enjoys great drama.


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