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No Looking Back (1998)

Claudia has lived all her life in a small, seaside, blue-collar town, hanging out with the same group of friends since grade school. Now she's waiting tables in a greasy spoon to help ... See full summary »

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Edward Burns

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lauren Holly ... Claudia
Kevin Heffernan ... Guy in Diner #1
Mark Schulte Mark Schulte ... Guy in Diner #2
Edward Burns ... Charlie
Kathleen Doyle ... Mrs. Ryan
Jennifer Esposito ... Teresa
Jon Bon Jovi ... Michael
Nick Sandow ... Goldie
Welker White ... Missy
Ellen McElduff Ellen McElduff ... Waitress
Connie Britton ... Kelly
Blythe Danner ... Claudia's Mom
Kaili Vernoff ... Alice
John Ventimiglia ... Tony the Pizza Guy
Leah Gray Leah Gray ... Girl in Bar #1
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Storyline

Claudia has lived all her life in a small, seaside, blue-collar town, hanging out with the same group of friends since grade school. Now she's waiting tables in a greasy spoon to help support her mother. After three years together, her live-in boyfriend, Michael, is eager to tie the knot. Their life together is comfortable and Michael loves her. But Claudia has dreams of life beyond her home town and is afraid that if she marries now, she'll never realize them. Claudia's sister Kelly lives with her mother and struggles with good humor to care for her fatherless baby. Their mother hasn't left the house since Claudia's dad walked out on the family six months ago. No one understands why Claudia sympathizes with her renegade father. Like him, she has a wild, restless streak and longs for more. But she can't quite put her finger on what it is she wants. So when her old flame, Charlie, returns from out west, she begins to wonder... maybe he's the answer. Written by Eva Tauzer <eva@mte.hupe.hu>

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How can you not fit in... in your own hometown? See more »

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Gramercy Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Long Time, Nothing New See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$44,003, 29 March 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$143,273, 12 April 1998
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During his commentary for The Brothers McMullen (1995), Edward Burns says that he and his fellow cast members have since nick-named this movie "No One Saw It." See more »

Goofs

At the Laundromat, the clothes change position and order between shots, and the beer disappears. See more »

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Claudia: So what's going on, Kelly? Anything?
Kelly: Same shit, different day.
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I'm On Fire
Written and performed by Bruce Springsteen
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Looking straight ahead
13 February 2006 | by jotix100See all my reviews

This predictable film will not add anything to Edward Burns' resume. In fact, "No Looking Back", his third directorial effort, has a flat feeling to it, in spite of the people involved with the project. No one decides to go into a losing project, but it appears Mr. Burns was not sufficiently inspired with this tale of a working class situation.

From the beginning, with the arrival of Charlie back home to the small town by the sea, and his encounter with Claudia, the young woman who had stayed behind, we realize where this tale is going. Claudia, who is now involved with Michael, still hasn't been able to forget the man who must have been the love of her life.

The surprise in the film is Jon Bon Jovi in a dramatic role. He plays the kind Michael, who as much as he tries, can't compete against Charlie for the love of Claudia. Mr. Burns, directing himself, should have given the job to another actor because he doesn't appear to be objective in how to play his character. Lauren Holly tries, but her Claudia is, at times, irritating. Blythe Danner also appears as Claudia's mother.

The best thing going for "No Looking Back" is the great soundtrack heard throughout the movie.


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