The Long Day Closes

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director(s): Terence Davies
Production: The Film Desk
  2 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
85 min

But my eye could not see it

Wherever might be it

The barque that is bearing

My lover to me

Blow the wind southerly

- Southerly, southerly

- [ Wind Gusting ]

Blow, bonny breeze

- O'er the bonny blue sea

- [ Waves Crashing ]

Blow the wind southerly

Southerly, southerly

Blow, bonny breeze

And bring him to me

Is it not sweet

To hear the breeze singing

As lightly it comes

O'er the deep rolling sea

But sweeter and dearer

By far 'tis

When bringing the barque

Of my true love

In safety

To me

[ "Richard Rodgers's "The Carousel Waltz" ]

[ Continues ]

- There's our John and Kevin, Mam.

- John!

- Kevin!

- Kevin!

John! Kevin!

[ Continues ]

[ Air Rifles Firing ]

Oh, yeah. Round the end.

Nearly had the green one.

[ Clicking ]

[ Man, A Cappella ] She stepped away from me

And she went through the fair

And fondly

I watched her move here

And move there

And then she went homeward

With one star awake

As the swan in the evening

Moves over the lake

- Last night she came to me [Fades ]

- [ Mother ] Last night she came to me

She came softly in

So softly she came

- [ Clock Ticking ]

- That her feet made no din

And she laid her hand on me

And this she did say

It will not be long, love

Till our wedding day

[ Clock Continues Ticking ]

Me dad used to sing that.

Granddad O'Brien?


Lock up, will you, Kev?

Okay, Mam.

[ Whispers ] Mam.


[ Male Voice Growling, Snarling ]

[ Screaming ]

It was a man!

It was a man!

It's all right.

You're all right.

[ George Butterworth's

A Shropshire Lad" ]

[ Children Shouting ]

[ Child Giggling ]

[ Mother ] It's your last term

at Canon Kennedy's, isn't it, lad?

Are you looking forward to going up

to the big boys' school, Bud?

[ Bud ]

What am I gonna get for Christmas, Mam?

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Terence Davies

Terence Davies (born 10 November 1945) is an English screenwriter, film director, novelist and actor. He is best known as the writer and director of Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) and The Long Day Closes (1992) as well the collage film Of Time and the City (2008). more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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