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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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Buddy Porter
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Marty Pilcher
John Lordan ...
Elwood Burns
Robert Swan ...
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 ...
Religious Man
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  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$20,000 (USA) (19 September 1997)

Gross:

$86,175 (USA) (10 October 1997)
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Trivia

First theatrical film directed by Mark Pellington. See more »

Goofs

Although set in the early 1950s, just after the Korean War, the U.S. flags in the movie have 50 stars at a time when the United States had only 48 states. In addition, the large U.S. flag displayed against the wall at the dance was backward, with the field of stars on the flag's own left. See more »

Quotes

Religious Man: Son, you're at a turning point in your life.
Sonny: Then let me take the fucking turn myself!
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Connections

References The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) See more »

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Farther Along
Performed by Burroughs Family
Courtesy of Memphibian Records
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A misunderstood emotional masterpiece
21 February 2000 | by (Los Angeles, CA.) – 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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