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In the Gloaming (1997)

PG | | Drama | TV Movie 20 April 1997
Danny, dying of Aids, returns home for his last months. Always close to his mother, they share moments of openness that tend to shut out Danny's father and his sister.

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Christopher Reeve

Writers:

Alice Elliott Dark (story), Will Scheffer (teleplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Glenn Close ... Janet
Bridget Fonda ... Anne
Whoopi Goldberg ... Nurse Myrna
Robert Sean Leonard ... Danny
David Strathairn ... Martin
Annie Stark Annie Stark ... Young Anne
Will Reeve ... Young Danny
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roger Anthony ... Leaf Blower Man
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Storyline

Danny, dying of Aids, returns home for his last months. Always close to his mother, they share moments of openness that tend to shut out Danny's father and his sister. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Al caer la noche See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Director Christopher Reeve's wife, Dana, sings the song "In The Gloaming" during the credits, and his son plays the boy in the opening scene. See more »

Quotes

Danny: In the gloaming...
Janet: Not tonight, sweetheart. I'm sorry.
Danny: I wanna go home.
Janet: You are. You are home.
Danny: I wanna go home.
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Connections

References 42nd Street (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Danny Boy
Music from the Irish traditional tune "Londonderry Air"
Lyrics by Frederick Edward Weatherly
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Very good and very sad
18 September 2007 | by Marc-105See all my reviews

I saw this film when it first aired on HBO and came across it recently on Logo. Logo added 28 minutes of commercials to make a 90-minute film, and what a slog those were to sit through.

So I went to Amazon to buy it, only to find out it wouldn't be available on DVD until last July, then September, and now November.

So this review is written a long time after seeing the whole thing.

Enough griping. This film is superb, though I speak with a bias toward sad movies. Christopher Reeve's direction is marvelous. He gets perfect performances from Robert Sean Leonard and Glenn Close as the son and mother. David Strathaim as the father is very good. Whoopi is good, but I thought her "love him" speech sounded forced.

The film's emotional impact is huge. There are three very sad moments: when Glenn Close sings "Danny Boy," when Danny dies, and when the mother and father embrace at the end. For me, Danny's death was the least sad of the three. Glenn Close's singing of "Danny Boy" is beyond perfect ... the way she can't sing the last word ... it rips me apart.

The scenery is so gorgeous. The pullback from the house at the end is very well done. The final credits are great with the song sung by Reeve's wife -- another teary moment -- except Logo ruined them.

Reeve was a great director.

(2014) I was going to post a review of the film, only to find I already had. I upped the rating from 9 to 10 stars. I just checked Amazon. It's still not available on DVD, only VHS. I don't get it.


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