Not Fade Away (2012)



Critic Consensus: Exuberant and bittersweet, Not Fade Away is a coming-of-age story set to a British Invasion beat that occasionally meanders but mostly charms.

Movie Info

A music-driven coming of age story set in 1960s suburbia.

Rating: R (for pervasive language, some drug use and sexual content)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: David Chase
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 30, 2013
Box Office: $0.6M
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as Douglas

as Eugene

as Grace Deitz

as Antoinette

as Jerry Ragovoy

as Aunt Josie

as Joe Patuto

as Schindewulf

as Vincent Lento

as Dave Smith

as Uncle Johnny Vitello...

as Aunt Louise

as Uncle Paul

as Uncle Murf

as Uncle Beppy

as Cousin Carol

as Cousin Paul

as Card Table Girl

as Marti Deitz

as Candace

as Mo Falcone

as Severine

as Girl in Car

as Mr. Gaunt

as Mrs. Gaunt

as Jim DeSouza

as Jazz Drummer

as Dominic

as Grace's Little Broth...

as Angry Dad

as Young Hippie

as Girl Who Has to Pee

as Singing Girl

as Singing Girl

as Singing Girl

as Jingle Singer

as Jingle Singer

as Jingle Singer

as Jingle Singer

as Jingle Guitarist

as Charlie Watts

as Bob Cisco

as Wells' Brother

as Doug's First Fan

as Guy at Wells' House

as Garage Operator
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Critic Reviews for Not Fade Away

All Critics (86) | Top Critics (32)

The movie is a psalm to those who, far from pursuing the path of the Rolling Stones, stayed trapped under a rock.

Full Review… | January 7, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

This film could have been -- should have been, even -- something special. But it's not.

Full Review… | January 4, 2013
Denver Post
Top Critic

The period details are spot-on and the soundtrack is great.

Full Review… | January 4, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

There's a nice, pop-in-and-see rhythm to the storytelling. Gandolfini's Pat descends into a rich sadness. There's wry humour to be had with Douglas and his idealizing buddies. Loneliness and longing lounge around together.

Full Review… | July 11, 2013
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Hits notes you thought only Chase's primo Sopranos could reach.

Full Review… | May 13, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

Sopranos creator David Chase returns to New Jersey, but his film loses its way

Full Review… | February 28, 2013
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Audience Reviews for Not Fade Away


Another really good movie, ruined by a sad attempt at an ending. This ending may top all bad endings for me. Otherwise, up to that point it was very enjoyable, with good music, good acting, fun storyline, etc. I would have given it 4 to 4 1/2 stars. David Chase..what were you thinking with this? was that all you could come up with for an ending??

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Not Fade Away is a trip through the 60s of various clichés. The rock and roll tale is highlighted by some rousing musical numbers and nice period detail. Unfortunately the chronicle isn't particular innovative. It's liberally sprinkles in 60s buzzwords like JFK, the Summer of Love, sexual revolution, civil rights, Vietnam, and Martin Luther King with the depth of someone who skimmed a Wikipedia article on the subject. You've seen this before. It's trivial observations on the life of a teen interested in starting a band is rather generic right down to the disapproval of his reactionary parents. The memoir is unfulfilling. It has its moments, but the narrative kind of meanders with little regard toward the attributes of a plot. Events just occur lacking a traditional story that should rise to a climax and then fall to a satisfying dénouement. That's the only thing about this hackneyed drama that didn't follow the rules.

Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer


Douglas(John Magaro), figuring that if two ordinary looking guys like Keith Richards and Mick Jagger can hit it big with their band The Rolling Stones and get all the girls, then why not him? So, he forms a band with some friends of his. Regardless, Grace(Bella Heathcote) takes a liking to him. But his father(James Gandolfini), a store owner, does not care much for the idea of his son getting into the music business, much less his longer hair.

As seriously flawed as "Not Fade Away" is, I recently read in why this story might have worked much better as a television series, given its episodic structure. In which case, instead of two hours of cliches about the 60's, we would have had at least ten hours of such tired material. Yes, sometimes forgotten bands can be even more interesting as those that made it big but not here, as the band does nothing to differentiate it from many others of the time period when pretty much everybody was in a band like everybody has a blog today. So, while the movie references many of the innovators of the decade, it only waits until the very end to make any kind of original, ambiguous statement of its own.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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