It's absurd that this film is unavailable for purchase, it was most definitely my favorite documentary of the decade, and soon to be a nearly impossible to find cult classic. I caught it during it's brief stint of showings at the Lemmley in Hollywood with some old train riding chums. I had seen a couple other docs on freight riding, but nothing really compares to the harsh yet honest portrayal of the characters in Long Gone. I remember leaving the theater feeling scared, and almost traumatized by the series of events that had been documented for over 7 years (if I remember correctly.) This film is nothing less than mesmerizing: beautiful scenery, splendid music (Tom Waits original soundtrack), and a reality that can only be sought by whoever dares to put themselves in the mix of this underground lifestyle. Tramp or train fan, even if you simply enjoy the documentation of rare events, this is a must see. Who knows why this film never found distribution, even a bald headed business man in a three piece suit would admire the truth and dedication it took to make such a brilliant record of events. I suppose many romantic endeavors can be seen as depressing, or somber, but that is just the reality of human existence. This film brilliantly captures the essence of freedom, and if you ever get the chance to see it, don't pass up the opportunity. Great things are hard to come by, and the film Long Gone is a true diamond.
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