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Goin' Down the Road (1970)

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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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CAD 87,000 (estimated)
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The car that Peter and Joey drive is a 1960 Chevrolet Impala convertible. 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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Goin' Down the Road
(uncredited)
Music & lyrics by Bruce Cockburn
Performed by Bruce Cockburn
Played over the opening montage
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Canadian Classic
3 January 2001 | by (Manitoba) – See all my reviews

Not only is this a great Canadian movie and a touchstone of '70s culture (stubby beer bottles!), it's one of the best movies made anywhere about the working poor. The low production values and laidback acting work to good effect. It spawned plenty of awful imitations, but few were as rawly heartfelt and honest. Essential viewing for Canadians


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