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The Long Day Closes (1992)

PG | | Biography, Drama | 28 May 1993 (USA)
A young British boy comes of age among his loving family and the austere Catholic Church as he realizes his love of cinema and his homosexuality.

Director:

Terence Davies

Writer:

Terence Davies
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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
Mark Heath Mark Heath ... Black Man (as Marcus Heath)
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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:

$1,407, 11 March 2012

Gross USA:

$22,765

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,765
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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

Features Private's Progress (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Stardust
Written by Hoagy Carmichael and Mitchell Parish
Performed by Nat 'King' Cole
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Vermeer in every frame, and not a note of emotional falseness
10 August 2006 | by pdxdennisjSee all my reviews

A stunning exercise in pure cinema. This is the third and final part of his autobiographical Childhood Trilogy. He uses very a very stylized presentation of snippets of memory (Proust-like) overlaid with snips of movie soundtracks and songs to evoke the emotional content of coming to terms with himself in a loving family (at last). If you have seen Visions of Light, this is what it was all about. There is not a wasted frame in this film. Beautifully conceived jump shots, sound over lays and an overhead tracking jump shot that is simply amazing. If you a looking for a plot line or "story telling" you will not find it here. If you are looking for amazingly true and honest cinema that is like moving frames of Vermeer, this is for you.


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