Going All the Way (1997)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  19 September 1997 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Buddy Porter
Marty Pilcher
John Lordan ...
Elwood Burns
Robert Swan ...
Luke (as Bob Swan)
Alma Burns
Nina Casselman
Richard Gaeckle ...
Conductor / Ticket Taker
Teri Beitel ...
Beautiful Young Girl
Everett Greene ...
Jerry Panatieri ...
Religious Man
Jeff Buelterman ...
Blow Mahoney


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 September 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Când mergi pâna la capat  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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Some 18 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 »


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 »


Sonny Burns: I guess even art leads to pussy.
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References The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) See more »


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Underated Essential Film
3 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

Going All the Way is a great film, well, at least it was for me. For anyone who is aware of the sexual repression and confusion that can come from parents and religion should see this film. It moves slow at times, but this is more of an artistic film than a comedy so that is understandable. The underlying themes of escaping what you realize has been holding you back, searching for a point in life, and questioning one's beliefs makes this film an immidiate favorite of mine. If you're looking for a movie with typical Ben Affleck, see Dogma. If you're searching for something with some depth that is up for some interpretation, see Going All the Way.

Additionally, if you have seen this already and enjoyed it, I also reccomend The Virgin Suicides.

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