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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Alma Burns
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Nina Casselman
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Beautiful Young Girl
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Jerry Panatieri ...
Religious Man
Jeff Buelterman ...
Blow Mahoney
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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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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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$20,000 (USA) (19 September 1997)

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$86,175 (USA) (10 October 1997)
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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 »

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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 »

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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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References The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) See more »

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Artistically Flawed Critique of 1950s Conformity
14 August 2007 | by (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) – See all my reviews

This tale of two Korean War Vets and their return home to Indianapolis is apparently supposed to be a harsh critique of mainstream American life in the 1950s. As the two young men try to find a deeper meaning to life and to do what makes them truly happy, they are constantly confronted by the heavy hand of conformity. They want to be unique individuals, but everywhere they turn, they are pressured to be "normal", to not date Jewish girls, to join a Protestant church, to take a desk job with a respectable business.

The problem with this movie it that it greatly overplays its hand. The church figures, anti-Communist activists, and stereotypical Midwestern parents that it so harshly criticizes are unbelievable caricatures. The result is that instead of successfully nailing its intended targets, the film plays out almost like a right-wing parody of a left-wing attack on Middle America. It therefore fails mechanically. However, strictly as a piece of entertainment, it certainly has its moments. And the anti-conformity message, which I agree with, isn't completely ruined by the overdone writing and acting. Bottom line: the movie doesn't work, but you may still find watching it an okay way to spend an hour and a half.


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