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Not Fade Away (2012)

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Set in suburban New Jersey in the 1960s, a group of friends form a rock band and try to make it big.

Director:

David Chase

Writer:

David Chase
3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Magaro ... Douglas
Jack Huston ... Eugene
Will Brill ... Wells
Brahm Vaccarella ... Joe Patuto
Gregory Perri ... Skip
James Gandolfini ... Pat
Bella Heathcote ... Grace Dietz
Molly Price ... Antoinette
Meg Guzulescu ... Evelyn
Dominique McElligott ... Joy Deitz
Christopher McDonald ... Jack Dietz
Brad Garrett ... Jerry Ragovoy
Isiah Whitlock Jr. ... Landers
Gerard Canonico Gerard Canonico ... Schindewulf
F. Michael Haynie ... The Bloat
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Storyline

On a train, Keith and Mick chat about the blues and the Rolling Stones are born. Douglas and Joe chat in front of a New Jersey music store, and a band is born: as Douglas's sister tells us, it's one of many that don't make it. We follow Douglas from high school (1963-64), when he sees himself as a loser, into the band, playing drums and singing backup - then as the front man. There are tensions, a breakup, an audition in front of a major player, and decisions. Douglas pursues Grace, a country-club gal with hip sensibilities who believes in him. There's also his father, working class, wanting Douglas to apply himself as he watches his own life fill with regrets. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, some drug use and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 2013 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Música e Rebeldia See more »

Filming Locations:

Pearl River, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,182, 21 December 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$607,327, 18 January 2013
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Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Set in suburban New Jersey in the 1960s. See more »

Goofs

The first scene in which Douglas' mother appears, she is smoking a cigarette at the kitchen table. The cigarette is an American Spirits cigarette as evidenced by the trademark eagle on the white paper portion. Amercian Spirits were not available until 1982. See more »

Quotes

Pat: You and me are gonna tango my friend!
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Connections

Features Blow-Up (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Train Kept A Rollin
Written by Tiny Bradshaw, Howie Kay and Sydney Nathan
Vocals performed by John Magaro
Produced by Steven Van Zandt
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Jumbled and Thin Characters with a side of Indulgence
8 October 2012 | by ClaytonDavisSee all my reviews

David Chase's anticipated Not Fade Away not only jumbles itself into an indulgent story, constantly keeping the audience at an arm's length but it's overly stretched and uneven not utilizing the strong talents in the film like James Gandolfini, Jack Huston, and John Magaro. A natural comparison to Almost Famous (2000), the film doesn't hold a candle to Cameron Crowe's homage to music. Showcasing outstanding music of the 1960′s and 1970′s, Chase manages to capture moments of the young adolescent mind longing to be more. Lead Magaro delivers a character transformation of mind and body, a turn that elevates the film considerably. The great Jack Huston, an actor that will likely be one of the biggest things in Hollywood any minute now, delivers an aggressive supporting turn reminiscent of Channing Tatum's work in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006). Bella Heathcote shows tenderness and promise but undervalued and virtually unused. James Gandolfini, stands out with charisma and garners much of the big laughs. A great character actor like Gandolfini should be given room to move. The film ultimately fails because it never feels like Chase knows his film or where he wants it to go. The last twenty minutes feel unneeded, unearned, and thrown together for an "artistic" catalyst with no emotional or technical effect whatsoever. A large disappointment.


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