Long Ago, Tomorrow

  • 1970
  • Movie
  • GP
  • Drama

A story of romance between young paraplegics that isn't nearly as drippy as you'd expect. Malcolm McDowell stars as Bruce, an arrogant, self-centered kid who contracts an incurable degenerative disease. Paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair, he's transferred to a home for paraplegics, where he becomes bitter and withdrawn. Then he meets...read more

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A story of romance between young paraplegics that isn't nearly as drippy as you'd expect. Malcolm McDowell stars as Bruce, an arrogant, self-centered kid who contracts an incurable degenerative disease. Paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair, he's transferred to a home

for paraplegics, where he becomes bitter and withdrawn. Then he meets Jill (Nanette Newman), a young woman who retains a zest for life despite being crippled by polio. Before he can make his feelings known, she leaves the institution for home, where her parents pressure her to marry her long-time

fiance (Michael Lees). Rebelling, she returns to the institution, where she and Bruce become inseparable and decide to marry. But before their plans become reality, tragedy strikes.

The maudlin narrative is redeemed by McDowell's performance and by frequent flashes of mordant wit, courtesy of screenwriter Bryan Forbes. A hopelessly dated soundtrack includes the title song (Burt Bacharach, Hal David, sung by B. J. Thomas), "A Time For Winning" (Tony Macaulay, Roger Cook, Tony

Greenaway, sung by Blue Mink), and "Many Loving Things" (Stanley Myers, Roger Cook, sung by Cook).

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