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 »
Set in 1954, the film opens with a 1957 hit song. See more »
The folks who have trashed this excellent drama are those who saw the misleading studio hype about this film and were looking for more garbage like "American Pie". There is no schtick here, no easily recognizable stereotypes, no fart jokes for an America that has degenerated to the point where virtually everyone has the same tastes as their eight year old child. The characters are realistic, sensitive, flawed and vulnerable in a country that likes simple and macho and a story that does nothing to get in the way of their numerous bigotries.
Jeremy Davies is one of the most talented actors of his generation in a country that thinks Ben Stiller is an acting genius.
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