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Say Hello To Yesterday - Digitally Remastered [DVD]

Jean Simmons , Leonard Whiting , Alvin Rakoff    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jean Simmons, Leonard Whiting, Evelyn Lane
  • Directors: Alvin Rakoff
  • Format: Anamorphic, Dolby, PAL, Widescreen
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 4 April 2011
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042L0OWM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,428 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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One of the most underrated British films produced between the end of the swinging sixties and the beginning of the hippy seventies. Leonard Whiting (Romeo from Franco Zeffirelli s Romeo and Juliet) plays a young dreamer who is trapped in a working class existence: living in a council house with a father who has no horizon higher than working in the local factory. Jean Simmons is the mature woman, living in a leafy Surrey house with her stockbroker husband and two children, but desperately unhappy. When the two unlikely lovers meet on a train to London, Whiting ignores the come-on from Susan Penhaligon by saying today I am going to climb Mount Everest, and so begins his charm offensive of the mature woman across London s 1970s landscape. Beautifully written and with expert filming by Geoffrey Unsworth, Say Hello to Yesterday is one of the most insightful British films of its day. SPECIAL FEATURES: Jean Simmons: A Profile, Audio Commentary with director Alvin Rakoff, Theatrical Trailer, Stills Gallery, Other Cinerama Trailers.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Say Hello to Yesterday 19 May 2011
Say Hello to Yesterday is the story of a one-day love-affair between a young man determined to escape his drab working-class life, and an older married woman restless in the gilded cage of her middle-class life in the stock-broker belt.
They meet on a train and the young man is instantly intrigued by her prim and proer exterior which obviously hides a more rebellious streak, because she is trying to scratch off a non-smoking sign as she wants to smoke in a first-class non-smoking compartment. He decides she is the challenge, the 'Mount Everest' he wants to conquer, and addresses her as such. She tries to put off his advances and threatens to pull the communication cord, but he does so for her, and from the time they have to make a report to the authorities together, they seem destined to be linked. From then on, he pursues her through London, and despite herself, the woman becomes attracted and intrigued by him.
This title is a little gem of a British film from an often over-looked period, the late sixties and early seventies. It stars the famous actress Jean Simmons, and Leonard Whiting who is best known for his role as Romeo in the 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet.

The director Alvin Rakoff admits in the commentary that the subject matter amounts to 'a souffle', but the film has a lot of charm and captures London at the end of the swinging sixties. The characters are often seen getting on and off the iconic red double-decker buses, there is talk of mini-skirts and when they buy candy-floss it is at the pre-decimalisation price of 6d. The commentary which is by the director, and the film historian Tony Sloman, is very informative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Personal Feedback 15 May 2011
This is a fully restored version of the film at a very reasonable price - with director commentary if required. This is not Jean Simmons greatest work, however it is still very good and gives you a look at London in the late 60's early 70's - It's also personal to me as I'm in it at the very beginning as the little boy Nigel and my sister is in the middle as a little girl who falls over - Our biggest acting roles to date.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just as I remembered it 14 Jan 2013
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Service was great. DVD arrived promptly. The commentary was a bit useless; they were talking about everything except the movie they were supposed to be watching.
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3.0 out of 5 stars say hello to yesterday. 8 April 2014
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If somewhat dated but still quite a pleasant story. Always good to see Jean Simmons on the screen, if it is quite unrealistic and bizarre. Good fun though.
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