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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 »
Awards:
5 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
No budget? No problem. See more (157 total) »

Cast

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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 The Shining (1980)See more »

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32 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
No budget? No problem., 15 September 2010
Author: hall895 from New Jersey

After watching Memento one might well wonder how Christopher Nolan pulled off something that audacious, that brilliant, in what was his major directorial debut. Watch Following, the no-budget thriller which was Nolan's actual directorial debut, and you begin to understand. With no money, with an amateur cast and doing pretty much everything (writing, shooting, directing) himself Nolan created a little masterpiece. Whatever "it" is that enables someone to make great movies Nolan clearly has it. And had it right from the beginning.

Fans of Memento will see a lot of similarities, hints of what was to come, in Following. The most obvious parallel is the nonlinear time structure as the story here unfolds completely out of order. Whereas the story in Memento proceeded more or less in a straight line which just happened to be moving backwards here there is no line at all. Scenes are placed in a seemingly random order. We're all over the place. At the end, in the beginning, somewhere in the middle, back to the end again...it really could have been a jumbled mess. But Nolan gives us a little assistance in orienting ourselves with the shifting appearance of his main character. He has three distinct looks to him and once you figure that out you can figure out where you are in the story. But there are still enough twists and turns to make your head spin, to keep you guessing right up to the end.

The less said about the plot the better. Best to let you try to piece the puzzle together for yourself. Much like Memento you really have to see it all the way through to fully appreciate the true genius of it, to understand how any missteps from Nolan along the way could have unraveled his whole story. When the movie concludes you can't help but be amazed that Nolan could pull this off essentially by himself. At least with Memento he had a little help. Here it's just Nolan and his small cast. There are really only three roles of any significance in the film, maybe four if you're being generous. But this little troupe and their first-time director combined to create something really special. The acting may at times seem a bit amateurish but that has to be expected from performers who are certainly not acting pros. And any little quibbles with the performances do not detract at all from the overall movie-watching experience. The actors do more than well enough to get by, well enough in fact that you're surprised there were not bigger acting roles for them somewhere down the line if they wanted them. That the performers have a great story to work with certainly helped their cause.

Things do get a little convoluted in the end as Nolan's story takes its final turns. You worry that things may be getting away from him a little bit. But he manages to ultimately pull it all together. You may have to really think about it after things are through but it all makes sense when you run it back in your mind. And it's nice every now and again to have a movie that actually requires you to think isn't it? Christopher Nolan seems to specialize in movies like that. He just makes great movies. Here he did it with no money, all on his own, never having made a movie before. It takes a special talent to pull that off. And among his many talents Nolan also apparently possesses the ability to see into his own future. When you watch Following note the Batman logo on the main character's apartment door.

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