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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.

Director:

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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1972 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Bis zum Ende der Straße See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD 87,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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

Initially, Jayne Eastwood had some misgivings about her brief nude scene. Eastwood was not aware until the day of filming that she had to do one and refused; the very thought of it disgusted her. After coaxing from her co-stars and director Donald Shebib, she agreed, laughing later about her experience: "Then it came to Paul Bradley, who had been razzing me about being such a chicken. I think he left his underwear on or close by, so he could get them back on again. They said 'cut! Okay, Paul, you can put your underwear back on.' And Paul pulled his underwear up so fast it just rolled into a little ball and didn't even cover his private parts!" 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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Connections

Referenced in Strange Brew (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Goin' Down the Road
(uncredited)
Music & lyrics by Bruce Cockburn
Performed by Bruce Cockburn
Played over the opening montage
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I find this movie still vivid in my memory after almost 30 years.
28 January 1999 | by wyllysSee all my reviews

This film remains vivid in my mind despite the nearly 30 years since I last saw it. I found it to be an amazingly realistic portrayal of how two low-income, poorly educated men from the Maritimes try to find a better life by moving west, make mistakes that pull them even deeper into the lower fringes of society, but never lose their optimism and willingness to keep hoping and trying.


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