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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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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:
High brains, low budget, nothing superfluous See more (168 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

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:Tous publics | 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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Trivia:
Bill's posters include Reservoir Dogs (1992), Casablanca (1942), Sunset Blvd. (1950), The Shining (1980), and Marilyn Monroe.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
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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FAQ

How is the story told?
Why was the film shot in Black-and-White?
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52 out of 63 people found the following review useful.
High brains, low budget, nothing superfluous, 23 July 2002
Author: ChrisBagley from Raleigh, North Carolina

Great film. No gratuitous gimmicks like in most Hollywood films. Everything supported the suspense of the plot. B&w gave it a basic, no-frills feel also. In short, it was visceral in its simplicity of cinematography and cast.

Following serves as an interesting contrast to Memento. Characters in both used manipulation and subterfuge extensively. In that sense, both reminded me somewhat of "In the Company of Men," also highly recommendable. One difference between Nolan's two films is that Memento was a little easier for me to follow, given that the b&w scenes progress in a constant chronological direction, and so do those in color. I don't think that was true of Following, where scenes seemed to be shown at random. If you have the choice between VCR and DVD, I'd highly recommend DVD, since that gives you the option of watching the movie a second time in chronological order, not just in the scrambled (albeit ingenuous) order presented by Nolan. It also makes it easier, upon a second viewing, to piece the order together for yourself, if you want to.

As another viewer noted, one of the best things about both this movie and Memento is that none of the cast were famous. They were characters, not big-name actors who brought in personas developed in other movies.

Given certain similarities in the plots, I wonder if Memento is sort of a remake of Following, but intended to reach a bigger audience, like Edward Burns made She's the One in the mold of -- and with largely the same cast as -- The Brothers McMullan.

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