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The Long Day Closes (1992)

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 »

Director:

Terence Davies

Writer:

Terence Davies
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marjorie Yates Marjorie Yates ... Mother
Leigh McCormack Leigh McCormack ... Bud
Anthony Watson Anthony Watson ... Kevin
Nicholas Lamont Nicholas Lamont ... John
Ayse Owens Ayse Owens ... Helen
Tina Malone Tina Malone ... Edna
Jimmy Wilde Jimmy Wilde ... Curly
Robin Polley Robin Polley ... Mr. Nicholls
Peter Ivatts ... Mr. Bushell
Joy Blakeman Joy Blakeman ... Frances
Denise Thomas Denise Thomas ... Jean
Patricia Morison ... Amy (as Patricia Morrison)
Gavin Mawdsley Gavin Mawdsley ... Billy (as Gavin Mawdslay)
Kirk McLaughlin Kirk McLaughlin ... Labourer / Christ
Marcus Heath Marcus Heath ... Black Man
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and some mild language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A hosszú nap véget ér See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,700, 30 March 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$161,179
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film uses 35 pieces of original music - often in their entirety - in its brief 85 minute running time. See more »

Crazy Credits

Unusually for a film from the 1990s, but in keeping with the 1950s setting, the full acting, creative and technical credits are in the opening titles. There are however 'Special thanks' and music acknowledgments after the final 'The End' caption. See more »

Connections

References Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

At Sundown
Written by Walter Donaldson
Performed by Doris Day
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Film making at its zenith
4 August 2005 | by jcstevens9See 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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