Going All the Way 1997

Going All the Way

Critics Consensus

Its themes may feel overly familiar, but Going All the Way is set apart from other period coming-of-age films by the strength of its performances.

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Korean War--era veterans and ex-classmates "Gunner" Casselman (Ben Affleck) and "Sonny" Burns (Jeremy Davies) reunite upon their return home. Gunner, who spent the war years abroad, is trying to convince his mother that his gal Marty (Rachel Weisz) is good enough for him, while Sonny, who was stationed stateside, is torn between loyal Buddy (Amy Locane) and tempting Gale Ann (Rose McGowan). As they commiserate, the men realize that they're outgrowing the lives they lived before the war.

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Critic Reviews for Going All the Way

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Audience Reviews for Going All the Way

  • Jun 27, 2014
    In love and life there's only one way to go. Goo Film! At any rate, the plight of Sonny Burns, the protagonist of this film, is so easy to identify with, and the way he sees Gunner is so typical and real that this film really is refreshing and understandable. The oppressive blanket of the 1950's plays another role in this film, really as one of the more important characters. Sonny doesn't know how to deal with a lot of different things, and he isn't being told/taught how to do so by his parents or his society. It's a sad movie, but filled with hope at the same time. "Going All the Way" is no 10-star film, to be sure, but the earnest efforts of cast and crew come through sufficiently that it is worth your while to give it a look. This is a character-driven film that asks you to open your heart and, although set in the 1950s, examines one aspect of the human condition that we can relate to even today. After returning home from the Korean War, two young men search for love and fulfillment in middle America.
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