Cinema: How to Neck in a Wheelchair

Long Ago, Tomorrow is a British film about two paralytics who find their handicaps no barrier to love. There are perhaps a dozen other ways to describe the plot, none of which would make it sound any less sentimental. Moreover, Director-Scenarist Bryan Forbes (Seance on a Wet Afternoon) seems less dedicated to insights than to untoward assaults on the tear ducts.

A young footballer and aspiring writer (Malcolm McDowell) is abruptly struck down with an unnamed disease that cripples his legs and sours his disposition. Convalescing in a London hospital, he scoots around in his wheelchair, snorting at the chaplain, scorning doctors'...

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