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Following -- In this brilliant suspense thriller from director Christopher Nolan, a voyeuristic writer enters a violent world of treachery and deceit when he crosses paths with a thief.
Following -- A young writer who follows strangers for material meets a thief who takes him under his wing.


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6 May 1999 (Netherlands) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Jeremy Theobald ... The Young Man
Alex Haw ... Cobb

Lucy Russell ... 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
Rebecca James ... Woman at Bar
Paul Mason ... Home Owner's Friend
David Bovill ... Home Owner's Husband
John Bengue
Ivan Cornell
Jane Hunter
Matthew Jones
David Julyan
David Lloyd
Alberto Mattiussi ... Bitter Man in Cafe (as Alberto Matiussi)
Brendan Nolan

Barbara Stepansky

Emma Thomas
Diane Zack

Directed by
Christopher Nolan 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Christopher Nolan  written by

Produced by
Peter Broderick .... executive producer
Christopher Nolan .... producer
Jeremy Theobald .... producer
Emma Thomas .... producer
Original Music by
David Julyan 
Cinematography by
Christopher Nolan (shot by)
Film Editing by
Gareth Heal 
Christopher Nolan 
Production Design by
Tristan Martin (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Tristan Martin 
Makeup Department
Miranda Gunning .... special makeup
Sound Department
Ivan Cornell .... sound
Robin Fellows .... dubbing editor
David Julyan .... sound
David Lloyd .... sound
James Wheeler .... sound
Visual Effects by
Dan Winthrop .... opticals
Camera and Electrical Department
Ivan Cornell .... grip
Ivan Cornell .... lighting technician
Jonathan Nolan .... grip
Barbara Stepansky .... clapper loader
Barbara Stepansky .... lighting technician
Barbara Stepansky .... loader
Editorial Department
Burt Andrews .... negative cutter
Syd Cole .... negative cutter: Magic Film & Video
Mark Stolaroff .... post-production consultant: Next Wave Films
Tara Veneruso .... post-production consultant: Next Wave Films
Kostas Theodosiou .... colorist (uncredited)
Other crew
Paul Brennan .... legal services: Sloss Law Office
Len Brown .... laboratory services: Metrocolor
Chuck Kemmerer .... laboratory services: Fotokem
Darren Ormandy .... fight choreographer
Michael Schenkman .... legal services: Bloom, Hergott, Cook, Diemer, Klein L.L.P.
John Sloss .... legal services: Sloss Law Office
Steve Van Anda .... laboratory services: Fotokem
Dan Winthrop .... titles: designer/director (uncredited)
Adrian Belic .... thanks
Roko Belic .... thanks
Tim Bevan .... thanks
Dick Bradsell .... thanks
Gwenda Cornell .... thanks
Jimmy Cornell .... thanks
Eric Fellner .... thanks
Sophie Fumey .... thanks (as Sophie Fumey at Detroit Bund)
Nicky Gavron .... thanks
Lynda Hansen .... thanks
Kirk Harris .... thanks
Rebecca James .... thanks
Lorraine Jensen .... thanks
Matthew Jones .... thanks
David Lloyd .... thanks
Fry Martin .... thanks
Brendan Nolan .... thanks
Christina Nolan .... thanks
Stephanie Reuler .... thanks
Dave Savva .... thanks
Todd Schulkin .... thanks
Jonathan Sehring .... thanks
Shannon Treusch .... thanks
Mark Wolfe .... thanks

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Rated R for language and some violence
69 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Canada:14A (video rating) | France:U | Germany:16 | Ireland:18 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:16 (original rating) (video rating) | Netherlands:12 (re-rating) (2004) | UK:15 | USA:R
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Did You Know?

The famous "Here's Johnny" picture from The Shining (1980) is shown in Bill's apartment.See more »
Continuity: In one shot, when Cobb puts the gloves in the young man's mouth it is half sticking out but in the next scene it is almost completely in the young man's mouth.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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Movie Connections:
References The Shining (1980)See more »


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81 out of 93 people found the following review useful.
Christopher Nolan is The One to...follow, 23 January 2002
Author: Rogue-32 from L A.

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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