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Long Ago, Tomorrow (1971)

The Raging Moon (original title)
Bruce Pritchard is paralysed mysteriously after his Brothers wedding. Rejected by his family, he is placed in a nursing home. Angry and depressed, he finds hope with a nurse. Can Bruce find a life outside the home?

Director:

Bryan Forbes

Writers:

Peter Marshall (novel), Bryan Forbes (screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Malcolm McDowell ... Bruce
Nanette Newman ... Jill
Georgia Brown ... Sarah
Bernard Lee ... Uncle Bob
Gerald Sim ... Rev. Corbett
Michael Flanders Michael Flanders ... Clarence Marlow
Margery Mason Margery Mason ... Matron
Barry Jackson ... Bill
Geoffrey Whitehead ... Harold
Christopher Chittell ... Terry
Jack Woolgar Jack Woolgar ... Bruce's Father
Norman Bird ... Dr. Mathews
Constance Chapman ... Mrs. Mathews
Michael Lees ... Geoffrey
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Mr. Latbury
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Storyline

Bruce Pritchard is paralysed in a soccer game and is confined to a wheelchair in a convalescence home. But this doesn't slow his lust for life. Then he meets Jill and has to think about the effects of disability. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Taglines:

"It does matter. Everything matters. If I don't believe that, I've had it."

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Long Ago, Tomorrow See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

EMI Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Gary Oldman said in an interview that after watching this movie as a little kid, he was so impressed by the movie, especially by Malcolm McDowell performance that he decided that he wanted to become an actor. See more »

Quotes

Bruce Pritchard: Hey, don't cry.There's nothing to cry about.
Jill Matthews: I'm not.
Bruce Pritchard: It's no good being in love if it makes you cry.
Jill Matthews: I'm not crying.
Bruce Pritchard: I only want to make you happy.
Jill Matthews: Oh, you do.
Bruce Pritchard: What?
Jill Matthews: You do.
Bruce Pritchard: That's why you're crying? Because you're happy? You're going to be crying for all your married life, then.
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Connections

Referenced in O Lucky Malcolm! (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Long Ago Tomorrow
(US release only)
Music by Burt Bacharach
Lyrics by Hal David
Sung by B.J. Thomas
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Alex the Droog's parallel but flip side
21 August 2007 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Around the same time that Malcolm McDowell became famous as Alex in "A Clockwork Orange", he also starred in "The Raging Moon" (called "Long Ago Tomorrow" in the United States). He plays Bruce Pritchard, a football player - that's soccer player to us Americans - whose legs give out and he has to live in a home for invalids. Here he meets Jill Matthews (Nanette Newman), and his relationship with her prompts him to start rebelling against the institutions mores. But there's no sugary ending here.

I would say that McDowell's role here bears some similarities to Alex in "ACO", but is obviously a totally different kind of person. Neither character really fits in with society, and they both end up confined. Of course, Alex lives a life of ultra-violence, while Bruce is a perfectly calm and reasonable individual.

Maybe I'm the only person who even thinks this. I thought that they did a very well job with the movie. It paints not so bleak a portrait of it's town as "Kes" does, but this still doesn't look like a very pleasant setting. Certainly the convalescence home is the less desirable of the two settings within the movie. For me, the setting took precedence over Bruce and Jill's relationship. I recommend this film.

PS: was co-star Bernard Lee the same guy who played M in the James Bond movies?


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