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27 March 1998 (USA) See more »
How can you not fit in... in your own hometown? See more »
Claudia has lived all her life in a small, seaside, blue-collar town, hanging out with the same group of friends since grade school... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Lauren Holly ... Claudia

Kevin Heffernan ... Guy in Diner #1
Mark Schulte ... Guy in Diner #2

Edward Burns ... Charlie

Kathleen Doyle ... Mrs. Ryan

Jennifer Esposito ... Teresa

Jon Bon Jovi ... Michael

Nick Sandow ... Goldie

Welker White ... Missy
Ellen McElduff ... Waitress

Connie Britton ... Kelly

Blythe Danner ... Claudia's Mom

Kaili Vernoff ... Alice

John Ventimiglia ... Tony the Pizza Guy
Leah Gray ... Girl in Bar #1

Marcia DeBonis ... Girl in Bar #2

Shari Albert ... Girl in Bar #3

Susan May Pratt ... Annie
Glenn D. Sanford ... Guy in Bar
Stuart Rudin ... The Foot
Matty Delia ... Bugsy
Margaret O'Neill ... Maggie
Chris McGovern ... Sully
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Colleen McQuade ... Kelly

Imelda O'Reilly ... Girl at bar

Brian Donahue ... Bouncer (uncredited)
Capucine Lyons ... Girl in Bar (uncredited)
Tim Maloney ... Guy in Bar (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward Burns 
Writing credits
Edward Burns (written by)

Produced by
Alysse Bezahler .... line producer
Edward Burns .... producer
Ted Hope .... producer
Michael Nozik .... producer
Robert Redford .... executive producer
John Sloss .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Joe Delia 
Cinematography by
Frank Prinzi 
Film Editing by
Susan Graef 
Casting by
Laura Rosenthal 
Production Design by
Thérèse DePrez 
Set Decoration by
Diane Lederman 
Costume Design by
Sara Jane Slotnick  (as Sarah Jane Slotnick)
Makeup Department
Michal Bigger .... makeup artist
Victor DeNicola .... additional hair stylist (as Victor De Nicola)
William A. Kohout .... additional hair stylist (as Bill Kohout)
Frances A. Kolar .... additional makeup artist (as Frances Kolar)
Peggy Nicholson .... hair stylist
Karen Weinberg .... additional makeup artist
Production Management
Alysse Bezahler .... unit production manager
Kelly Miller .... post-production supervisor
Debra Tanklow .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jose Gilberto Molinari-Rosaly .... dgc trainee (as Jose G. Molinari-Rosaly)
Richard Patrick .... first assistant director
Lisa M. Rowe .... second assistant director
Art Department
Peter Allburn .... scenic artist
Susan Blume .... scenic artist
John Bruce .... art coordinator
Laurie F. Cohen .... charge scenic (as Laurie Frederick-Cohen)
Rena DeAngelo .... on-set dresser
Heather Danielle Kane .... key set dresser (as Heather Kane)
Derrick Kardos .... art department coordinator
Daniel Kenney .... lead man
Georges N. Krivobok .... key set dresser (as George Krivobok)
Joseph Logan .... assistant to production designer
Kevin Mahon .... key set dresser
Elizabeth Schlitten .... property master
Francesco Sciarrone .... on-set scenic
Richard Tedesco .... art department production assistant
Jessie Walker .... scenic artist
Rachael Weinzimer .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Steve Bourne .... sound designer (as Steve Borne)
Patricia Brolsma .... boom operator
Tim J. Carroll .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Evan T. Chen .... adr recordist
Mark Goodermote .... boom operator
Mick Gormaley .... assistant sound editor
Bruce Kitzmeyer .... sound effects editor
George A. Lara .... foley engineer (as George Lara)
Lisa J. Levine .... supervising adr editor
Joe Lisanti .... assistant sound editor
Jamie Lowry .... assistant sound editor
Brian Miksis .... sound effects recordist
Branka Mrkic .... dialogue editor
Mathew Price .... sound
Jill Schoolman .... sound effects intern
Reilly Steele .... re-recording mixer
Bill Sweeney .... foley editor (as William Sweeney)
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
Peter Waggoner .... re-recording mixer
Douglas Crosby .... stunt coordinator
David Shumbris .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Keith Bunting .... grip
John Clifford .... still photographer
Lamont Crawford .... additional grip
Damien F. Donohue .... additional grip (as Damien Donohue)
Sean Dunleavy .... camera production assistant
Mark Egyud .... additional electrician
Haddon Hufford .... dolly grip
Alison Kelly .... camera loader
Michael J. Latino .... first assistant camera
Deborah Lipman .... second assistant camera
Rick Marroquin .... additional grip (as Luis Rick Marroquin)
Phil Oetiker .... camera operator
Linda Phillips .... electrician
Carl Prinzi .... additional grip
Gay E. Riedel .... additional electrician (as Gay Riedel)
Kurt Rimmel .... key grip
Marc Rogers .... gaffer
Steve Rooney .... additional grip
Douglas W. Shannon .... rigging gaffer
Chris Skutch .... best boy grip
Derrick Tseng .... additional electrician
Robert Vuolo .... electrician
Robert Vuolo .... generator operator
Casting Department
Karen E. Etcoff .... extras casting
Ali Farrell .... casting associate
Melody Nichols .... extras casting assistant
Bill Tripician .... extras casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pam Aaron .... set costumer
Jennifer Ingram .... wardrobe supervisor
Fionnuala M. Lynch .... set costumer (as Fionnuala Lynch)
Editorial Department
Laurie Butler .... first assistant editor
Philip Harrison .... first assistant editor
Fred Heid .... color timer
Robert Leaton .... colorist
Alexandra Raby .... post-production assistant
Sharon Schanzer .... editing room intern
Joe Violante .... technical advisor: dailies
Robin Whittaker .... editing room assistant (as Robin Quinn)
Location Management
P. Jennifer Dana .... additional location scout (as Jennifer Dana)
John McCann .... location assistant
Stuart Nicolai .... location assistant
Carla Raij .... assistant location manager
Kate Schultz .... additional location scout
Diana Strauss .... location manager
Music Department
Rob Bunting .... assistant to composer
Joe Delia .... orchestrator
Patrick Mullins .... music editor
Frankie Pine .... executive in charge of music
Dawn Soler .... executive in charge of music
Transportation Department
Brian Maxwell .... transportation captain
Donald Sweeney .... transportation co-captain
Other crew
Bryan Akner .... set intern
Jenn Blais .... set production assistant (as Jen Blais)
A.J. Boles .... production assistant
Jonathan Bonanno .... office production assistant (as Jon Bonanno)
Andrew J. Bowles .... additional set production assistant
James 'Morris' Byrnes .... additional set production assistant
Courtney Campbell .... assistant: Mr. Burns
Todd Carroll .... intern
Audrey Carter .... assistant: Michael Nozik
Aggie Carton .... additional set production assistant
Juliet D'Annibale .... assistant production office coordinator
Donna Daniels .... unit publicist
Cassandra Lynn Del Viscio .... craft service production assistant
Megan Douglas .... craft service intern
Belinda Fioretti .... second assistant auditor
Christine Gee .... script supervisor
Leilani Hill .... assistant: Mr. Nozik
Thomas W. Leidner .... additional set production assistant (as Tom Leidner)
Deanna Leslie .... set production assistant
Ernest McKinney .... projectionist
Yael Melamede .... office production assistant
John Mingalone .... key production assistant
Murphy Occhino .... set production assistant
Hetakaisa Paarte .... assistant: Mr. Hope
Kris Percival .... publicity assistant
Ilene Schreibman .... assistant: Mr. Bon Jovi
Julie Simpson .... assistant: Ms. Holly
Michele Soddano .... first assistant auditor
Thomas G. Wallin .... production auditor (as Thomas Wallin)
Shawn Wilson .... post-production accountant

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Rated R for language
96 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: At the Laundromat, the clothes change position and order between shots, and the beer disappears.See more »
Michael:This guy's a mutt, he's always been a mutt. He's probably still trying to bang any skank he can get his hands on.See more »
Long Time Nothing NewSee more »


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Works exactly because it's subdued...a quiet, gritty slice of life surprise, 4 February 2013
Author: secondtake from United States

No Looking Back (1998)

A grossly underrated film--but also not an "enjoyable" movie in the normal sense. It is such a realistic slice of life about a group of lower-middle class Long Island shore town dwellers, it sometimes fails to rise above its own material into a meaningful narrative. And that is what most movies find a way to do.

But you might reassess that intention and bask in a situation so simply wrought--the houses, the beach, the old cars, and most of all the array of people who fix cars and wait tables and hang out in ordinary working class bars. It all feels good even though it's not, overall, a feel-good movie. And the acting is generally spot on, even the doubtful inclusion of Jon Bon Jovi as one of the two main guys.

At the center of it all is the young woman, Claudia, played by Lauren Holly, who is trying to find a way to "not look back" and yet finds herself trapped by the town and her devotion to her friends there. (This is a slight flaw all along--this seemingly bright and striving young woman is still working at a diner when she could easily move on, or go to college, or get another kind of job.) But still, Claudia is nearly engaged to the nice guy Michael (Bon Jovi) when her ex-boyfriend Charlie from three years earlier returns to town. Charlie is played by writer/director Edward Burns and he might not be everyone's taste as a leading type, but he works in this role for me. He's charming and unreliable even in his actions, which are too coy and sweet and lovable for his sudden appearance in town.

So the conflict is there, and maybe it's not enough for a feature film. What fills in the gaps are small things, like a past abortion and its consequences, or a mother (played with utter brilliance by Blythe Danner) struggling with her own man issues. There are bar friends and a sister and a mechanic or two on the side, and it mixes and matches and floats and often avoids high drama or deeper plot development. Even the characters are left someone simple, partly because there are so many of them, but they become increasingly convincing.

What then makes the movie work? All of this, as it is, including its restraint and lack of the sensational. And most of all it's Holly's performance that builds and holds together through it all. I was surprised by the depth of what she pulled off and yet I'd never heard of her. It turns out she's been very active but in mostly smaller roles, both in movies and television. This is one movie never mentioned in highlights of her career, and I think it's a shame. Burns clearly pulled together people of talent for this small, focused movie, and as an independent movie with an independent feel it rises above its smallness. I have a feeling it will survive over the years and continue to be interesting for its honesty.

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