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Going All the Way (1997)

After returning home from the Korean War, two young men search for love and fulfillment in middle America.


Mark Pellington


Dan Wakefield (novel), Dan Wakefield (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Davies ... Sonny Burns
Ben Affleck ... Gunner Casselman
Amy Locane ... Buddy Porter
Rose McGowan ... Gale Ann Thayer
Rachel Weisz ... Marty Pilcher
John Lordan John Lordan ... Elwood Burns
Robert Swan ... Luke (as Bob Swan)
Jill Clayburgh ... Alma Burns
Lesley Ann Warren ... Nina Casselman
Richard Gaeckle Richard Gaeckle ... Conductor / Ticket Taker
Teri Beitel Teri Beitel ... Beautiful Young Girl
Everett Greene Everett Greene ... Waiter
Jerry Panatieri Jerry Panatieri ... Religious Man
Jeff Buelterman Jeff Buelterman ... Blow Mahoney
Nick Offerman ... Wilks


After returning home from the Korean War, two young men search for love and fulfillment in middle America.

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In love and life there's only one way to go.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality | See all certifications »

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First theatrical film directed by Mark Pellington. See more »


Although set in the early 1950s, just after the Korean War, the U.S. flags in the movie have 50 stars at a time when the United States had only 48 states. In addition, the large U.S. flag displayed against the wall at the dance was backward, with the field of stars on the flag's own left. See more »


Sonny Burns: I don't believe in God. I don't even like the guy.
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Written and Performed by Bobby Smith
Courtesy of Delmark Records
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Private Upham Gets Some
31 May 1999 | by HBOMBSee all my reviews

There were two things that shocked me about this mostly average film. First, Jeremy Davies gives almost the exact same performance as he gave in Saving Private Ryan, the tics, the mannerisms, the speech patterns, it's all there. Second, his character, an awkward, nerdy photographer home from WWII bags both Amy Locane AND Rose McGowan! Huh? Unbelievable but true.

As to the film itself, my main problem with it lay with the friendship at the center. Why does Ben Affleck's character, an outgoing, popular vet also returning from WWII, want to hang out with Davies' character when they are clearly opposites? It's never explained. Also lacking is the plot. There is none. The film simply follows those two characters around on their various exploits but there's never any kind of narrative driving the "story" from scene to scene.

All in all, the film is interesting only to see some early work by actors who have gone on to become more popular today - Affleck, Davies and McGowan.

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Release Date:

19 September 1997 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,796, 21 September 1997

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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