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Light Years Away (1981)

Les années lumière (original title)
A young drifter meets up with a strange old man who claims that he has been taught to fly by birds.

Director:

Alain Tanner

Writers:

Daniel Odier (novel), Alain Tanner
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Cast

Credited cast:
Trevor Howard ... Yoshka Poliakeff
Mick Ford ... Jonas
Bernice Stegers ... Betty
Henri Virlojeux Henri Virlojeux ... Lawyer
Odile Schmitt Odile Schmitt ... Dancer
Joe Pilkington Joe Pilkington ... Thomas
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gerard Mannix Flynn Gerard Mannix Flynn ... Drunken boy (as Mannix Flynn)
Don Foley Don Foley ... Cafe owner
Gabrielle Keenan Gabrielle Keenan ... Girl at village dance
Johnny Murphy ... Man in bar (as John Murphy)
Gerry O'Brien ... Bar owner (as Jerry O'Brien)
Jerry O'Brien Jerry O'Brien ... Bar owner
Louis Samier Louis Samier ... Trucker
Vincent Smith Vincent Smith ... Cop
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A young drifter meets up with a strange old man who claims that he has been taught to fly by birds.

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An old man with a secret... A young man seeking an answer...

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Country:

Switzerland | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1981 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Light Years Away See more »

Filming Locations:

County Galway, Ireland

Company Credits

Production Co:

Pheonix,Slotint See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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This was Alain Tanner's first feature film in English. See more »

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The best movie I ever saw!
6 July 2010 | by willemvanseumerenSee all my reviews

This film is great. It's a saga. It tells you about the magic of life and the unlimited possibilities you have. This film is magic, it is filled with suspense of the best kind: mixed with wonder. It starts with a guy who is a loser. He gets in contact with an old man who is a teacher as a teacher should be. A teacher of life. The young man is tested to the limit. It makes this movie great, and it makes you part of the adventure. To me the end was a bit puzzling. That's one of the reasons I'd like to see it again. I saw this movie almost 30 years ago with a friend and we still agree it is the best movie we ever saw. Like everybody else here I'm trying to get it on DVD.


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