Going All the Way


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.



Total Count: 22


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This 1950s drama follows the homecoming of Korean War veterans Gunner and Sonny. The introverted Sonny now finds his life to be very dull. With the self-confident Gunner's help, Sonny gets involved with a gorgeous woman. When the relationship turns intimate, a single event leads to a terrible crisis.

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Jeremy Davies
as Sonny Burns
Ben Affleck
as Gunner Casselman
Amy Locane
as Buddy Porter
Rachel Weisz
as Marty Pilcher
Rose McGowan
as Gail Thayer
Jeff Buelterman
as Blow Mahoney
Jill Clayburgh
as Alma Burns
Lesley Ann Warren
as Nina Casselman
John E. Blazier
as Bar Patron
Richard Gaeckle
as Conductor/Ticket Taker
Teri Beitel
as Beautiful Young Girl
Jerry Panatieri
as Religious Man
Pat Daley
as Meadowlark Resident No. 1
Charlie Webb
as Meadowlark Resident No. 2
Dave Webster
as Crooner
Ted Steeg
as Minister
Adrienne Reiswerg
as Farmer's Wife
David Aikens
as Farmer No. 1
Dan Wakefield
as Farmer No. 2
John Craig
as Doctor
Cup A' Joe
as Winkie the Dog
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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.
    Manu G Super Reviewer

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