Too Far to Go (film)

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Too Far to Go
Based on Too Far to Go
by John Updike
Screenplay by William Hanley
Directed by Fielder Cook
Starring Michael Moriarty
Blythe Danner
Theme music composer Elizabeth Swados
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Chiz Schultz
Cinematography Walter Lassally
Editor(s)Eric Albertson
Running time98 minutes
Production company(s)Sea Cliff Productions
DistributorPolytel Films
Original network NBC
Original releaseMarch 12, 1979 (1979-03-12)

To Far to Go is a 1979 American television film directed by Fielder Cook and starring Michael Moriarty and Blythe Danner. [1] It is based on John Updike's Too Far to Go , a 1979 collection of linked short stories. The script was by playwright William Hanley. [2]



The story involves the marriage and eventual divorce of Richard and Joan Maple and depict a 1960s New York City and New England milieu through the 1970s and is typical of much of Updike's fiction. [3]


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  1. "Too Far to Go". Variety . 31 December 1981. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
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  3. "Too Far to Go". Variety . 31 December 1981. Retrieved 29 December 2017.