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No Looking Back (1998)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  27 March 1998 (USA)
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Claudia has lived all her life in a small, seaside, blue-collar town, hanging out with the same group of friends since grade school. Now she's waiting tables in a greasy spoon to help ... See full summary »

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Claudia
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Guy in Diner #1
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Guy in Diner #2
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Charlie
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Mrs. Ryan
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Teresa
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Michael
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Goldie
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Missy
Ellen McElduff ...
Waitress
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Kelly
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Claudia's Mom
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Alice
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Tony the Pizza Guy
Leah Gray ...
Girl in Bar #1
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Claudia has lived all her life in a small, seaside, blue-collar town, hanging out with the same group of friends since grade school. Now she's waiting tables in a greasy spoon to help support her mother. After three years together, her live-in boyfriend, Michael, is eager to tie the knot. Their life together is comfortable and Michael loves her. But Claudia has dreams of life beyond her home town and is afraid that if she marries now, she'll never realize them. Claudia's sister Kelly lives with her mother and struggles with good humor to care for her fatherless baby. Their mother hasn't left the house since Claudia's dad walked out on the family six months ago. No one understands why Claudia sympathizes with her renegade father, like him, she has a wild, restless streak and longs for more. But she can't quite put her finger on what it is she wants. So when her old flame, Charlie, returns from out west, she begins to wonder... maybe he's the answer. Written by Eva Tauzer <eva@mte.hupe.hu>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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27 March 1998 (USA)  »

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Long Time, Nothing New  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$44,003 (USA) (27 March 1998)

Gross:

$143,273 (USA) (10 April 1998)
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During his commentary for The Brothers McMullen (1995), Edward Burns says that he and his fellow cast members have since nick-named this movie "No One Saw It." See more »

Goofs

When Charlie and Claudia are talking at the gas station, his hands switch positions back and forth between shots. See more »

Quotes

Goldie: [about Charlie being back in town] I'll go by his house tomorrow morning after work. I'll go see him. Mike, you come by with me.
Michael: Look fine, you want me to tell him, I'll tell him, alright? You happy now you little pain-in-the-ass
[playfully throws a fake punch]
Goldie: I just think it's the right thing.
Michael: Congratulations, Huck Finn!
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I'm On Fire
Written and performed by Bruce Springsteen
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Too subdued to really work
16 September 2005 | by (Iceland) – See all my reviews

It's always refreshing to see movies that deal with ordinary people and their lives. Burns has made it his "thing" to create normal, fragile characters who live very ordinary lives and, in this film at least, are sad and disappointed over how mundane and uneventful their existence is. Burns taps into this genre quite well but here, unlike his excellent debut The Brothers McMullen, his characters aren't as interesting or well defined.

Lauren Holly plays a waitress who seems to be bored out of her mind, living with blue collar mechanic Bon Jovi. Her old sweetheart (who completely broke her heart) Burns returns and promises her a better life if she will pack up and go with him.

Holly gives an excellent performance in the lead role. She's the best written character as well, and you feel for her and root for her. Other characters aren't as well defined and are fairly one-dimensional and uninteresting, especially Burn's character. The film moves along very slowly and, aside from one scene involving Bon Jovi, avoids any real emotional outbursts. It's very subdued and could have used some form of life injected to it.

Cast is mostly excellent. Holly is terrific, Burns good as usual but most unexpected; Bon Jovi is actually quite effective as Holly's unfortunate boyfriend.

Praise goes also to the excellent music score. There's not one but three Springsteen songs and in my books that indicates some good musical taste.


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