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Going All the Way (1997)

After returning home from the Korean War, two young men search for love and fulfillment in middle America.

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John Lordan ...
Elwood Burns
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Luke (as Bob Swan)
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Alma Burns
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Nina Casselman
Richard Gaeckle ...
Conductor / Ticket Taker
Teri Beitel ...
Beautiful Young Girl
Everett Greene ...
Waiter
Jerry Panatieri ...
Jeff Buelterman ...
Blow Mahoney
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Wilks
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After returning home from the Korean War, two young men search for love and fulfillment in middle America.

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In love and life there's only one way to go.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for strong sexuality | See all certifications »

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19 September 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Când mergi pâna la capat  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,000, 21 September 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$86,175, 12 October 1997
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Trivia

Eighteen years earlier, Jill Clayburgh had co-starred in another movie, which like this one, was also based on a novel by Dan Wakefield, Starting Over (1979). See more »

Goofs

One of the games that Buddy throws out is CAREERS, which was first published in 1955; the film is set in 1954. See more »

Quotes

Sonny Burns: So this is where you go into the church and ask for directions to the whore house.
Casselman Gunner: No, this is where you go into the church and ask for directions to the whore house.
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Connections

References The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) See more »

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Poodgy
Written and Performed by Bobby Smith
Courtesy of Delmark Records
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A misunderstood emotional masterpiece
21 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

I may be in the minority here, and in fact I probably am, but I LOVED this movie. The play is amazing, and the adaptation is so true to the original that it really makes the experience enjoyable. I'd like to clear one thing up that I read earlier: it's not a "suicide" scene. It's a "cutting" scene. The two are very different, and shouldn't be confused.

At any rate, the plight of Sonny Burns, the protagonist of this film, is so easy to identify with, and the way he sees Gunner is so typical and real that this film really is refreshing and understandable. The oppressive blanket of the 1950's plays another role in this film, really as one of the more important characters. Sonny doesn't know how to deal with a lot of different things, and he isn't being told/taught how to do so by his parents or his society.

It's a sad movie, but filled with hope at the same time. It's worth seeing, and for me, is worth buying on DVD whenever it freakin' comes out. I give it a 10 and stand by that rating based on its emotional merit and strength.


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