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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:

$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

This film contains what is probably the longest single continuous shot of a carpet in film history. 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 »


Soundtracks

Blow the Wind Southerly
Written by traditional
Performed by Kathleen Ferrier
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wonderfully visual
2 November 1998 | by TroyboySee all my reviews

In reading reviews of this film, I often came across criticisms such as lack of character development and plotless to the point of boring, but this film is anything but so. At times it can slow down and lose your attention, but if you keep paying attention to all 84 minutes of it, it is ultimately a rewarding film; one of the most rewarding I've seen in a while. Films are a visual medium and reliance on the other arts (such as the script) can often deter from what pure film can do. Through beautiful cinematography, camera angles and compositions, Davies gives a portrait of childhood more heartbreaking and affecting than most I've seen. Every shot melts into the next one with such precision, it's as if poetry is being written with a camera. Music flows through the film with the same precision, creating a profound emotional effect in every scene. Though the acting is minimal, the mother and Bud (Marjorie Yates and Leigh McCormack) are faultless. Bud's childhood obviously mirrors the director's own life. He is a shy and sensitive boy who many don't understand (except for his family) and who is dismissed by many of his peers as a "fruit." Bud's possible blossoming homosexuality is handled very subtly. As a matter of fact, everything about this film is subtle, including his love of the movies which is rarely merely shown on the screen. Much of the film is suffused with bits of dialogue and songs from films, showing that this is a part of his life. Whenever Orson Welles' narration from The Magnificent Amberson's comes on, you feel warm contented, just as Bud seems to be. You feel certain that this boy will become a great filmmaker some day. And he did.


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