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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:
Fascinating suspense film. See more (161 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:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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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:
Principal photography of this film took over one year. Because all cast and crew members had other full-time jobs they were only able to film on Saturdays about 15 minutes of footage until photography had been completed.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Inception (2010)See more »

FAQ

How is the story told?
Why was the film shot in Black-and-White?
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64 out of 68 people found the following review useful.
Fascinating suspense film., 26 October 2003
Author: senortuffy from Glen Ellen, CA

Christopher Nolan's first directorial effort, a year before he did "Memento," and this is almost as brilliant as that classic. He uses time differentials in a similar manner to tell his story, and it's a very clever one.

Bill is this young writer who begins following complete strangers around just to see where they live and what they're all about. One day, he follows this man, Cobb, who turns the tables and confronts Bill, who breaks down and confesses what he's up to.

Cobb is a burglar and he takes Bill along on a few jobs to teach him the ropes. Both men are voyeurs of a sort and a bond begins to grow between the two of them.

But there's an ulterior motive for Cobb nurturing this relationship, and it all ties in very smartly at the end. No, I won't spoil it but this is a very cool movie and I'm beginning to think Christopher Nolan is a genius.

If you like suspense films with surprise endings, this one is a must see.

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