Ben Affleck's character of "Gunner" was inspired by the life of Ted Steeg who also appears in the movie as the Minister. Dan Wakefield, the film's screenwriter (and author of the adapted novel) also appears briefly in the film (s Farmer #2) Wakefield and Steeg were friends in Indiana who later roomed together in New York City's Greenwich Village. Wakefield chronicles this halcyon period in his book, "New York in the Fifties", which was also made into a documentary in 2001. See more »
One of the games that Buddy throws out is CAREERS, which was first published in 1955; the film is set in 1954. See more »
i enjoyed this on a personal level. it is the story of sonny, a introverted and nervous photographer, and gunner, a inquisitive jock type. Both seem to want what the other has, but i wouldn't call it symbiotic because they genuinely enjoy each other's company. It is set in a sort of catcher in the rye(which i never liked because it didn't have a real purpose) sort of tone, of alienation and trying to find yourself when youre a middle class white bread kid in the constricted 50's. The only thing i found to dislike was the MTV style directing, which was overused (but still managed to capture a tone for the most part). I would suggest this.
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