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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... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Peter
Paul Bradley ...
Joey
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Betty
Cayle Chernin ...
Selina
Nicole Morin ...
Nicole
Pierre La Roche ...
Frenchy
Don Steinhouse ...
Boys At The Plant
Ted Sugar ...
Boys At The Plant
Ron Martin ...
Boys At The Plant
Max Jones
Dennis Bishop ...
Loblaw's Clerk
J.R. Zimmerman ...
(as Fred Zimmerman)
Stuart Marwick
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Peter's Aunt
Sheila White ...
Girl in Record Shop
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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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The car that Peter and Joey drive is a 1960 Chevrolet Impala convertible. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in The Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie: Strange Brew (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Gymnopédie No. 1
(uncredited)
Composed by Erik Satie
First heard at the record store (the "classical" piece Pete ends up buying)
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World Class Film on a Shoestring budget
18 July 2003 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

A great story of two simple-minded hosers from Cape Breton who move to Toronto to try and make a better life for themselves.

They get into amusing situations while trying to make it in the big city, but the real strength of this film is the acting and directing. It is difficult to tell if it's a film or a documentary - the actors and director Don Shebib do such a great job.

I watched the film a few times before it grew on me. After purchasing the VHS, I've now watched it many times, finding something new with each viewing.

Torontonians will marvel at how busy the nightlife was on the Yonge Street strip between Dundas and Gerrard back in '69. Now, of course, it is all but forgotten by nocturnal revellers.


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