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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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Darren Ormandy ...
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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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Budget:

$6,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$43,188 (USA) (6 August 1999)
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This is Christopher Nolan's directorial debut with a feature-length film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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[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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Nolan's Clever Debut
14 April 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The debut that plucked from obscurity one of the brighter stars of contemporary noir is an assured, if limited, stab at the con game and obsession. Filmed for zero money, Nolan couldn't have chosen a better subject than the drab and seamy underside of London to ply his trade, given the lack of funds. This short (67 min) is at its best in playing with the audience's and protagonist's expectations about who is scamming whom, though the initial set-up does ring some alarm bells in the credibility dept. The muddy cinematography (he often used natural lighting due to budget) can be mostly chalked up to noir stylization, though the limitations do show at times.

One can easily see Nolan's style developing in this fledgling effort; many of the same themes of blurred identity and expectation smashing recur in MEMENTO and INSOMNIA. Not a masterpiece but good and certainly worth a look for modern noir and Nolan fans.


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