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Following (1998)

R  |   |  Mystery, Thriller  |  5 November 1999 (UK)
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A young writer who follows strangers for material meets a thief who takes him under his wing.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Theobald ...
Alex Haw ...
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John Nolan ...
Dick Bradsell ...
The Bald Guy
Gillian El-Kadi ...
Home Owner
Jennifer Angel ...
Waitress
Nicolas Carlotti ...
Barman
Darren Ormandy ...
Accountant
Guy Greenway ...
Heavy #1
Tassos Stevens ...
Heavy #2
Tristan Martin ...
Man at Bar
Rebecca James ...
Woman at Bar
Paul Mason ...
Home Owner's Friend
David Bovill ...
Home Owner's Husband
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Storyline

An older man listens to Bill's story about being a callow writer who likes to follow strangers around London, observing them. One day, a glib and self-confident man whom Bill has been following confronts him. He's Cobb, a burglar who takes Bill under his wing and shows him how to break and enter. They burgle a woman's flat; Bill gets intrigued with her (photographs are everywhere in her flat). He follows her and chats her up at a bar owned by her ex-boyfriend, a nasty piece of work who killed someone in her living room with a hammer. Soon Bill is volunteering to do her a favor, which involves a break-in. What does the older man know that Bill doesn't? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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You're Never Alone.

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Mystery | Thriller

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Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$6,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,636 (USA) (2 April 1999)

Gross:

$43,188 (USA) (6 August 1999)
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During the safe robbery, as the young man is taping money to his torso, his shirt buttons are open. He then lowers his pants and tapes the money to his legs, the policeman enters and they break into a fight leading to the policeman falling on the floor. The young man hurries his pants up and leaves. Even though he hadn't buttoned his shirt, his shirt is buttoned as he heads out of the room containing the safe. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bill: The following is my explanation. Well, more of an account of what happened. I'd been on my own for a while and getting kind of lonely... and bored... nothing to do all day. And that's when I started shadowing.
The Policeman: Shadowing?
Bill: Shadowing - Following. I started to follow people
The Policeman: Who?
Bill: Anyone at first. Um,
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Bill: you know, that was the whole point - somebody at random, someone who didn't know who I was.
The Policeman: And then?
Bill: And then nothing.
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High brains, low budget, nothing superfluous
23 July 2002 | by (Raleigh, North Carolina) – See all my reviews

Great film. No gratuitous gimmicks like in most Hollywood films. Everything supported the suspense of the plot. B&w gave it a basic, no-frills feel also. In short, it was visceral in its simplicity of cinematography and cast.

Following serves as an interesting contrast to Memento. Characters in both used manipulation and subterfuge extensively. In that sense, both reminded me somewhat of "In the Company of Men," also highly recommendable. One difference between Nolan's two films is that Memento was a little easier for me to follow, given that the b&w scenes progress in a constant chronological direction, and so do those in color. I don't think that was true of Following, where scenes seemed to be shown at random. If you have the choice between VCR and DVD, I'd highly recommend DVD, since that gives you the option of watching the movie a second time in chronological order, not just in the scrambled (albeit ingenuous) order presented by Nolan. It also makes it easier, upon a second viewing, to piece the order together for yourself, if you want to.

As another viewer noted, one of the best things about both this movie and Memento is that none of the cast were famous. They were characters, not big-name actors who brought in personas developed in other movies.

Given certain similarities in the plots, I wonder if Memento is sort of a remake of Following, but intended to reach a bigger audience, like Edward Burns made She's the One in the mold of -- and with largely the same cast as -- The Brothers McMullan.


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