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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.more
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
Paramount Studios - Official Site


John Magaro
as Douglas
Bella Heathcote
as Grace Deitz
Molly Price
as Antoinette
Brad Garrett
as Jerry Ragovoy
Lisa Lampanelli
as Aunt Josie
Brahm Vaccarella
as Joe Patuto
Gerard Canonico
as Schindewulf
Ken Forman
as Vincent Lento
Chris Bannow
as Dave Smith
Louis Mustillo
as Uncle Johnny Vitello...
Mary Lou Mellace
as Aunt Louise
John Tormey
as Uncle Paul
Robert Funaro
as Uncle Murf
Anthony Giaimo
as Uncle Beppy
Meredith Forlenza
as Cousin Carol
Adam La Faci
as Cousin Paul
Katherine Bralower
as Card Table Girl
Rebecca Luker
as Marti Deitz
Justine Lupe
as Candace
Shannon Esper
as Mo Falcone
Lucie Pohl
as Severine
Julia Garner
as Girl in Car
Randall Newsome
as Mr. Gaunt
Susan Knight
as Mrs. Gaunt
Ryan Munzert
as Jim DeSouza
Jay Weinberg
as Jazz Drummer
Teddy Coluca
as Dominic
Charlie Plummer
as Grace's Little Broth...
John Mainieri
as Angry Dad
Taylor Young
as Young Hippie
Megan Hubbell
as Girl Who Has to Pee
Susan Duecker
as Singing Girl
Samantha Hahn
as Singing Girl
Devon Werden
as Singing Girl
Margaret Dorn
as Jingle Singer
Kyle Gordon
as Jingle Singer
Ula Hedwig
as Jingle Singer
Kevin Osborne
as Jingle Singer
Bob Bandiera
as Jingle Guitarist
Levi Wilson
as Charlie Watts
Jordan Dean
as Bob Cisco
William L. Connell
as Wells' Brother
Madeline Rhodes
as Doug's First Fan
Brandon Thane Wilson
as Guy at Wells' House
Jeff Norris
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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