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Goin' Down the Road (1970)

Two friends leave the picturesque yet rural province of Nova Scotia for the nightlife and culture of Toronto. They soon end up wistful and nostalgic about Nova Scotia though after finding out that Toronto isn't as fun as they'd hoped.

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Donald Shebib

Writers:

William Fruet, William Fruet (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Doug McGrath ... Peter
Paul Bradley ... Joey
Jayne Eastwood ... Betty
Cayle Chernin Cayle Chernin ... Selina
Nicole Morin Nicole Morin ... Nicole
Pierre La Roche Pierre La Roche ... Frenchy
Don Steinhouse Don Steinhouse ... Boys At The Plant
Ted Sugar Ted Sugar ... Boys At The Plant
Ron Martin Ron Martin ... Boys At The Plant
Max Jones Max Jones
Dennis Bishop Dennis Bishop ... Loblaw's Clerk
J.R. Zimmerman J.R. Zimmerman ... (as Fred Zimmerman)
Stuart Marwick Stuart Marwick
Mary Black ... Peter's Aunt
Sheila White ... Girl in Record Shop
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Storyline

Story of desolation as two friends travel from Nova Scotia to Toronto in hope of finding a better life. Drifting from job to job: bottling plant, car wash, bowling alley, newspaper delivery, and in between enjoying the night life of the big city. Their previous life is looking better all the time. This movie is a time capsule of Toronto's Yonge Street - record stores (defunct A&A's), bars, and old neighbourhood side streets. Written by Sven Kahrkling <sven@customized.com>

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Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1972 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Goin' Down the Road See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD87,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Evdon Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The car that Peter and Joey drive is a 1960 Chevrolet Impala convertible. See more »

Quotes

Joey Mayle: C'mon Pete.
Peter McGraw: Piss off.
Joey Mayle: It's 6:30.
Peter McGraw: I'm not going to work today.
Joey Mayle: Okay, suit yourself.... Jesus, Petey! Hey, Pete, you can't take no day off! We only been here a month, you think they're not gonna know something's up?
Peter McGraw: I don't give a damn. I can't go horsin' around with broads half the night and drag my butt out of bed a couple'a hours later. All that dumb Selina does is talk. Last night she told me about her mother and her brother's hernia operation and Christ knows what.
Joey Mayle: I thought you were really ...
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Another Victim of the Rainbow
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Music & lyrics by Bruce Cockburn
Performed by Bruce Cockburn
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Essential Canadian Pop-Culture Film
9 March 2003 | by wdeadderSee all my reviews

This film has been criticized for many things (poor acting, poor direction among them). However, it is still widely regarded in Canada as an incredibly good film. While it's true that we in Canada may keep a special place in our hearts for the film because of the subject matter (two men from rural Nova Scotia who move to Toronto to start a new life), the film still holds water even to a non-Canadian.

Like the men in the film, both of my parents moved to Toronto from Nova Scotia to start a new life in the Canadian "promises land". And like the film, they did it in the same era (1968-9). And, like the film, my father resorted to stealing food from a grocery store to eat. It is these facts that makes the film so special to me.

The plight of these two gentlemen is so common in Southern Ontario that I think it actually helped propel this film into the cult status it still maintains today. The film is earthy, gritty and has documentary-style camera work that makes it believable. The use of an actual audio clip of a distraught woman crying in the hallway of a boarding house (used in the scene when our heroes are trying to sleep their first night in their new boarding house room) and the real alcoholic war veterans interacting with the film's stars make this film so real, it's disturbing. Hollywood could take a few cues from this movie.

Frankly, I think the acting is superb. Then again, I think that the method acting and melodramatic style used in film like Gone With The Wind is disgusting and plastic. The director's role in this film was clearly leading his troops very well. I highly recommend this incredibly well done film.


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