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Goin' Down the Road (1970)

Two friends leave the picturesque yet rural province of Nova Scotia for the nightlife and culture of Toronto. They soon end up wistful and nostalgic about Nova Scotia though after finding out that Toronto isn't as fun as they'd hoped.

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Peter
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Joey
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Betty
Cayle Chernin ...
Selina
Nicole Morin ...
Nicole
Pierre La Roche ...
Frenchy
Don Steinhouse ...
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Ted Sugar ...
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Ron Martin ...
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Max Jones
Dennis Bishop ...
Loblaw's Clerk
J.R. Zimmerman ...
(as Fred Zimmerman)
Stuart Marwick
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Peter's Aunt
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Story of desolation as two friends travel from Nova Scotia to Toronto in hope of finding a better life. Drifting from job to job: bottling plant, car wash, bowling alley, newspaper delivery, and in between enjoying the night life of the big city. Their previous life is looking better all the time. This movie is a time capsule of Toronto's Yonge Street - record stores (defunct A&A's), bars, and old neighbourhood side streets. Written by Sven Kahrkling <sven@customized.com>

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3 February 1972 (Hungary)  »

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Bis zum Ende der Straße  »

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CAD 87,000 (estimated)
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Initially, Jayne Eastwood had some misgivings about her brief nude scene. Eastwood was not aware until the day of filming that she had to do one and refused; the very thought of it disgusted her. After coaxing from her co-stars and director Donald Shebib, she agreed, laughing later about her experience: "Then it came to Paul Bradley, who had been razzing me about being such a chicken. I think he left his underwear on or close by, so he could get them back on again. They said 'cut! Okay, Paul, you can put your underwear back on.' And Paul pulled his underwear up so fast it just rolled into a little ball and didn't even cover his private parts!" See more »

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Joey Mayle: C'mon Pete.
Peter McGraw: Piss off.
Joey Mayle: It's 6:30.
Peter McGraw: I'm not going to work today.
Joey Mayle: Okay, suit yourself.... Jesus, Petey! Hey, Pete, you can't take no day off! We only been here a month, you think they're not gonna know something's up?
Peter McGraw: I don't give a damn. I can't go horsin' around with broads half the night and drag my butt out of bed a couple'a hours later. All that dumb Selina does is talk. Last night she told me about her mother and her brother's hernia operation and Christ knows what.
Joey Mayle: I thought you were really ...
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Soundtracks

Gymnopédie No. 1
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Composed by Erik Satie
First heard at the record store (the "classical" piece Pete ends up buying)
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Essential Canadian Pop-Culture Film
9 March 2003 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

This film has been criticized for many things (poor acting, poor direction among them). However, it is still widely regarded in Canada as an incredibly good film. While it's true that we in Canada may keep a special place in our hearts for the film because of the subject matter (two men from rural Nova Scotia who move to Toronto to start a new life), the film still holds water even to a non-Canadian.

Like the men in the film, both of my parents moved to Toronto from Nova Scotia to start a new life in the Canadian "promises land". And like the film, they did it in the same era (1968-9). And, like the film, my father resorted to stealing food from a grocery store to eat. It is these facts that makes the film so special to me.

The plight of these two gentlemen is so common in Southern Ontario that I think it actually helped propel this film into the cult status it still maintains today. The film is earthy, gritty and has documentary-style camera work that makes it believable. The use of an actual audio clip of a distraught woman crying in the hallway of a boarding house (used in the scene when our heroes are trying to sleep their first night in their new boarding house room) and the real alcoholic war veterans interacting with the film's stars make this film so real, it's disturbing. Hollywood could take a few cues from this movie.

Frankly, I think the acting is superb. Then again, I think that the method acting and melodramatic style used in film like Gone With The Wind is disgusting and plastic. The director's role in this film was clearly leading his troops very well. I highly recommend this incredibly well done film.


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