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Release Date:
14 May 1971 (Ireland) See more »
She was yesterday. He was today. There are moments when everyone is the same age.
An affluent, middle-aged housewife in a failing marriage is romantically pursued by a young man while running errands in London. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jean Simmons ... Woman

Leonard Whiting ... Boy

Evelyn Laye ... Woman's mother
Derek Francis ... Park Keeper

Geoffrey Bayldon ... Estate Agent

James Cossins ... Policeman
Edward Atienza ... Porter

Frank Middlemass ... Station Master
Gwen Nelson ... Char at Labour Exchange
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ben Aris ... Floor Walker (uncredited)
John Challis ... Shop Salesman (uncredited)
Carla Challoner ... Au Pair girl (uncredited)
Constance Chapman ... Boy's mother (uncredited)
Ellis Dale ... Train passenger (uncredited)
Roy Evans ... Father's Friend (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Bus Conductor (uncredited)
Jimmy Gardner ... Balloon seller (uncredited)
Laraine Humphrys ... Young Teenager in Boutique (uncredited)

Ronald Lacey ... Car Park Attendant (uncredited)

John Lee ... Woman's husband (uncredited)

Nora Nicholson ... Aged lady (uncredited)

Susan Penhaligon ... Girl on train (uncredited)
Richard Pescud ... Labour Exchange official (uncredited)

Alan Rowe ... PO Tower Waiter (uncredited)

John Savident ... City gent on train (uncredited)

Vanessa Shaw ... Boutique Assistant (uncredited)
Peter Stephens ... Businessman (uncredited)
Yves Tighe ... Child (uncredited)

Rudolph Walker ... Man in A+E (uncredited)
Jack Woolgar ... Boy's father (uncredited)

Directed by
Alvin Rakoff 
Writing credits
Alvin Rakoff (written by) and
Peter King (written by)

Alvin Rakoff (original story) and
Ray Mathew (original story)

Produced by
William Hill .... associate producer
Josef Shaftel .... producer
Original Music by
Riz Ortolani 
Cinematography by
Geoffrey Unsworth (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Ralph Sheldon 
Production Design by
Wilfred Shingleton  (as Wilfrid Shingleton)
Art Direction by
Fred Carter 
Costume Design by
Sandy Moss 
Makeup Department
Harry Frampton .... makeup artist
Peter Frampton .... makeup artist
Pat McDermott .... hairdresser
Production Management
Jack Causey .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anthony Waye .... assistant director
Art Department
Albert Blackshaw .... construction manager
Bryan Graves .... set dresser
Sound Department
Les Hammond .... sound recordist (as Leslie Hammond)
Gerry Humphreys .... dubbing mixer
Don Sharpe .... sound editor
Gerry Humphreys .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter MacDonald .... camera operator (as Peter Macdonald)
Jim Powell .... electrical supervisor
Cedric James .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Irene Lamb .... casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Betty Adamson .... wardrobe supervisor
Location Management
Jim Brennan .... location manager
Music Department
Riz Ortolani .... conductor
Other crew
Tony Dean .... production accountant
Derek Horne .... assistant to the producer
Arthur Tarry .... production controller
Maggie Unsworth .... continuity
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Καλώς ώρισες χθες" - Greece
"Búcsúzz a tegnaptól" - Hungary (imdb display title)
"El joven y la cuarentona" - Spain
"Il ragazzo e la quarantenne" - Italy
"Kinô ni sayônara" - Japan (imdb display title)
"O Encontro" - Portugal (imdb display title)
"Recorda Teu Passado" - Brazil (imdb display title)
"Recuerda tu pasado" - Mexico (imdb display title)
"Tule takaisin eilinen" - Finland
"Un Roméo de banlieue" - France (imdb display title)
"Yasak ask" - Turkey (Turkish title)
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96 min
Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-12 | Iceland:L | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2010) | USA:GP (MPAA rating: certificate #22660)

Did You Know?

Closing credits: All events and characters depicted in this film are entirely fictitious.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When they are in the playground, a young girl who was wearing red tights and a blue coat fell and was taken by her caregiver to first aid. During several subsequent shots, she is seen playing in the background (during the sandbox scene and the slide scene.) Then, she is seen returning from first aid with her caregiver.See more »
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
"Pick your flowers carefully, my dear...", 22 July 2009
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

May-September romance, this time with the woman in her autumnal years. "Prim and proper" housewife Jean Simmons, apparently stuck in a stale marriage to a stocks analyst near London, is chased madly all over town by gregarious younger man Leonard Whiting, who fancies her. Once she relents and they get to the bedroom, Whiting tells her, "You're Mata Hari, Candy, and Barbarella all rolled into one", and yet we never sense that. Director Alvin Rakoff, who also co-authored the script with Peter King, hands us characters on a meet-cute platter with hardly any exposition. Usually that's fine with me--the less talky introductory material, the better--however, in this case it backfires. We don't see the attraction between these two people, and when Simmons suddenly starts defending her husband and his prowess in bed, it feels like a cheat. Whiting, then a hot commodity following Zeffirelli's "Romeo and Juliet", is convincing as a carefree youth longing for non-conformist kicks, but when the scenario grows solemn--as with a confusingly presented trip to the hospital--Whiting laughably stiffens, becoming melodramatically misty. Rakoff also does the handsome Whiting a disservice in the final act, staging a serious discussion between the lovers while keeping Whiting ridiculously wrapped in a tangerine-colored bed sheet! Simmons does what she can with a sketchy character, but there are few surprises from the actress (who had played this type of role too often before). The age difference is brought up but not examined; Rakoff seems more intrigued by Simmons' distaste in the young man's unemployment status--definitely not a reaction the audience can warm up to. Riz Ortolani's pretty music and Geoffrey Unsworth's cinematography help keep the film interesting and tolerable, but by the end it has become laborious. ** from ****

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