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The Raging Moon [1971]

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  • Actors: Nanette Newman, Malcolm McDowell, Georgia Brown, Bernard Lee, Gerald Sim
  • Directors: Bryan Forbes
  • Format: Colour, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QA0T8C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,652 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

A beautiful and moving love story - with a difference. Confined to a wheelchair for life, Bruce Pritchard meets Jill Matthews, a fellow victim, and his bitter confusion turns to true love for the first time. But their shared hopes and dreams against all the odds are touched by more tragedy. And only Bruce's inner strength will keep their poignant romance alive.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lou Knee on 11 Dec. 2007
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An undeniably soppy film, and 1970 must have been a great year for Kleenex Ltd. what with Love Story at the pictures as well. Sentimentality aside, Raging Moon offers little splinters of real spirit along with a fair bit of tenderness. Bryan Forbes again shows his ability at getting all the goodness and tenderness out of his characters, to make another very human story. McDowell is brilliantly cast as a young working class northerner (a distinction more valid in 1970 than it is now) full of life, suddenly struck down by a mystery illness that paralyses his lower body. He shakes up the stuffy, church run nursing home (in the refined home counties) he ends up in, much in the way Jack Nicholson did five years later in One Flew Over, and after a difficult settling in period, he soon finds a reason to live again, when he gets to know a pretty, but posh, polio victim there. A doctor's daughter, he knows she would be completely out of bounds to him in the outside world, but here, he is able to let his rough diamond charm do its work on her.

It is essentially a story of true love conquering over all obstacles, including the English class barrier. Forbes is a gentle, subtle director, so he doesn't overstate this factor, the result being, against today's standard of films, this point looks a bit underplayed. He focuses more on the pure blindness of real love, making Newman completely unconcerned of McDowell's lower status, a fact that pleases him, but clearly worries the goodhearted but uptight matron, and visibly distresses the parson who is an overt class snob. It is affecting, so that box of tissues will probably be needed again, and it is sentimental, but it tries not to smother you with it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Rosalie Seymour on 21 Jun. 2013
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Passionate, humorous, lovely acting - deep emotion. A good story . I enjoyed it all those years ago and found it has stood the test of time very well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael C. Taylor on 29 Jun. 2014
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I saw this film in a small cinema (no longer there) on the south side of Leicester Square when it first came out. It's a charming little film and I always had a thing for Nanette Newman, so. . ..
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The CinemaScope Cat TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 Sept. 2011
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A cocky, working class amateur soccer player (Malcolm McDowell) contracts a virus that leaves him a paraplegic. At the home for the disabled he's sent to live, he finds himself attracted to a slightly older woman (Nanette Newman), also a paraplegic, who slowly breaks down his resentment. The first half of this film is fairly strong, examining the difficulties of adjusting to life as a paraplegic, before succumbing to a fairly conventional weepie. Still, one must give credit to director Bryan Forbes (who also wrote the screenplay) for keeping the maudlin aspect of it relatively in check. He doesn't shamelessly go for the tear ducts the way, say, something like LOVE STORY does. It's sentimental, yes but it's an honest sentiment. McDowell is very good (more than very good actually) but that's expected. The surprise is Newman's performance. Too often derided because of the "If you hire Bryan Forbes, you have to take the wife too" factor, she's give a delicate, effective performance, easily her best film work. The syrupy score by Stanley Myers is of no help. Also notable are Georgia Brown (Nancy in the original Broadway OLIVER!) and Barry Jackson as a married couple who work in the church run home. With Bernard Lee, Geoffrey Bayldon, Margery Mason and Gerald Sim.

The Optimum DVD from Great Britain is a strong anamorphic wide screen (about 1.78) transfer.
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