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Following (1998)

 -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  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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The Blonde
John Nolan ...
The Policeman
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
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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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Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$43,188 (USA) (6 August 1999)
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Trivia

Christopher Nolan:  [credit card break-in]  Cobb attempts to break into a flat using a credit card. The same method is used in Memento (2000) and Insomnia (2002). See more »

Goofs

At the site of the safe robbery, when The Young Man drops his pants to tape the money to his legs, he's wearing striped underwear (which are also seen hanging on a clothesline during the confrontation between The Young Man and Cobb later in the film), but when he returns to his apartment and removes the money, he's wearing underwear with polka dots. 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,
[sniffs]
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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References The Shining (1980) See more »

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Christopher Nolan is The One to...follow
23 January 2002 | by (L A.) – See all my reviews

Just watched this on DVD three times - Once the 'normal' way, once with the scenes in consecutive order (in this doozy of a film noir, the beginning, middle and end of the story intertwine), and once with the director's commentary running. Quite amazing. A bare-bones tale, told with more flair, energy and substance than most big-budget overblown features being released today.

I think this is an even more accomplished film than the subsequent Memento, which turned me on to Nolan in the first place. Can't wait to see what he does with a bigger budget (and bigger box-office stars) in his next film, Insomnia.


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