Say Hello to Yesterday

Say Hello to Yesterday

Alvin Rakoff (1971)

PG Certificate


Our Score
The beautiful and witty Jean Simmons is the only reason to watch this dreadful, Swinging Sixties effort. Simmons plays a bored housewife from the stockbroker belt who takes the train to London and is hounded by a young dropout, played by Zeffirelli's Romeo, Leonard Whiting. He wants to seduce her and pursues her across London to her mother's house; amazingly, the mother says "go on dear, have a fling". This is Brief Encounter in the style of Blow-Up, taking a tourist's-eye view of London before settling down to its chaste sex scene and Antonioni-esque finale of cold alienation. Needless to say, the characters have no names. Very trendy, that.


An unhappily married woman from a wealthy background meets a young working class man struggling with his father's limited aspirations for him by chance on a train. A romance blossoms between them, which offers both a chance to escape from their unfulfilling existence. Comedy drama, with Jean Simmons and Leonard Whiting.

Cast & Crew

Woman Jean Simmons
Boy Leonard Whiting
Woman's mother Evelyn Laye
Park Keeper Derek Francis
Estate agent Geoffrey Bayldon
Policeman James Cossins
Porter Edward Atienza
Station master Frank Middlemass
Director Alvin Rakoff
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Josef Shaftel Prods LtdAvailable on: DVD
Drama Comedy