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Following -- A young writer who follows strangers for material meets a thief who takes him under his wing.

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Director:
Writer:
Christopher Nolan (written by)
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Release Date:
6 May 1999 (Netherlands) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
You're Never Alone.
Plot:
A young writer who follows strangers for material meets a thief who takes him under his wing. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
5 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Stalking as a hobby; burglary as a thrill See more (145 total) »

Cast

  (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
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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)
 
Thanks
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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MPAA:
Rated R for language and some violence
Runtime:
69 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Canada:14A (video rating) | France:U | Germany:16 | Netherlands:16 (original rating) (video rating) | Netherlands:12 (re-rating) (2004) | UK:15 | USA:R
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Trivia:
Christopher Nolan came up with the idea for the film because he had his home broken into and wondered what the people thought as they went around looking at his belongings.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
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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Movie Connections:
References Reservoir Dogs (1992)See more »

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24 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Stalking as a hobby; burglary as a thrill, 14 February 2003
Author: Dennis Littrell from United States

In this intriguing noir thriller (looking like the Forties, but with a psychology befitting the Nineties), Director Christopher Nolan employs a number of techniques he would perfect in his internationally acclaimed Memento (2000), most notably scenes presented out of time sequence for effect, and a naive protagonist taken advantage of by others. The film opens with "Bill, the Innocent" (as I might dub him), played by Jeremy Theobald, trying to explain to someone, perhaps a social worker, perhaps even a police inspector (John Nolan), why he took up following people just for the fun of it. He doesn't just follow women, he points out. He's not a stalker, as such. He's just curious. He's an intriguing and sympathetic character, a Brit writer with a lot of time on his hands who seems something of a throwback to an earlier age with his clanking manual typewriter and the photo of a pursed-lips Marilyn Monroe on the wall of his shabby apartment. Things began to go wrong for him, he further explains, when he broke some of his "following rules" and got too close to his prey. What he doesn't know and what we don't know yet, is that his clumsy following technique has allowed him to unwittingly become the followed himself. Enter a juicy blonde (Lucy Russell) walking down some steps from her apartment. (This scene is out of sequence as far as chronological time goes, but psychologically speaking, her appearance signals his entanglement). Enter now a scheming, sophisticated psychopathic thrill-seeker named Cobb (Alex Haw) who entices Bill with his (apparent) practice of burglary just for the powerful feeling one gets from invading the sanctity of another's life. Although justification for the temporal inversions here is not as clearly established as in Memento, nonetheless the technique works well, and Nolan provides us with a clever ending that sneaks up on us and makes in a few seconds all that went before clear. Or mostly clear. You might want to rewind and view the first few minutes of the film, and then everything should be clarity. This low-budget, black and white, deliciously ironic little film (71 minutes) marked the auspicious debut of a film maker who has already made quite a name for himself, not only with the aforementioned Memento, but with Insomnia (2002). It will be interesting to see what Nolan does next.

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