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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 overview, first billed only:
Alex Haw ...
Dick Bradsell ...
The Bald Guy
Gillian El-Kadi ...
Home Owner
Jennifer Angel ...
Nicolas Carlotti ...
Guy Greenway ...
Heavy #1
Tassos Stevens ...
Heavy #2
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Man at Bar
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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 <>

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You're Never Alone.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

5 November 1999 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Csapda  »

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Box Office


$6,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The second apartment Bill and Cobb break into has a Batman sticker on the door. Christopher Nolan would later go on to direct "The Dark Knight Trilogy", which consists of Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). See more »


During the safe robbery, Bill is clearly shown wearing gloves, most noticeably when he pulls the paper with the combination from his pocket. However, as he starts to open the safe, the gloves are gone and they never reappear. See more »


[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,
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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User Reviews

Great Blueprint for Memento
21 February 2002 | by (Whistler, BC, Canada) – See all my reviews

I just finished watching Following and I thought it was great. I rated it 8 out of 10. I plan on watching it again with the director's commentary and then again in chronological order.

I rented this movie because of my fascination of Christopher Nolan's more recent movie Memento. Following has some similarities; this movie was probably the blueprint for Memento. Even the music in some parts is very similar.

Shooting the movie in black and white gives it a mysterious feel. The story and dialogue is really good. The performance of the actors is believable.

Christopher Nolan made this movie on a really low budget. I look forward to his next release Insomnia, a big budget movie with my favourite actor Al Pacino.

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