Nobody Waved Good-Bye

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This downbeat, semi-improvised look at troubled youth was a landmark in Canadian filmmaking, and in 1984 it was named one of the ten best Canadian films of all time in a poll of the nation's film writers. Peter (Peter Kastner) is a confused and alienated teenager, bright and personable but also headstrong and rebellious, whose difficult relationship with his father (Claude Rae), an auto dealer, comes to a head when Peter steals a car Dad has brought home for the night. After his father forces him to spend the night in jail, Peter leaves home and moves into a rooming house, hoping to find a job and save enough money to move away. Peter's only real ally is his girlfriend Julie (Julie Biggs), who loves him and admires his bravado, though she's a good bit more emotionally mature. When Peter's parents insist that he break up with Julie, come back home, and return to school, it only strenthens his resolve, but his fortunes soon take a turn for the worse when he reaches a crosroads in his relationship with Julie. Director Don Owen and actors Peter Kastner and Julie Biggs revisited these characters 20 years later in the follow-up, Unfinished Business. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Claude Rae
as Father
Ron Taylor
as Boy Friend
Ivor Barry
as Interviewer
John Vernon
as Lot Supervisor
Lynne Gorman
as Julie's Mother
John Sullivan
as Probation Officer
Bob Hill
as Patrolman
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Critic Reviews for Nobody Waved Good-Bye

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

  • A good job of pictorial pamphleteering on the topic of parent-child relations is done by Nobody Waved Good-bye, but it comes to no forceful conclusion, either emotional or intellectual.

    Jan 22, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Peter Kastner and Julie Biggs have high and low points in the leads, but they're naturally charming enough to get away with momentary lapses in their performance.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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  • Nobody Waved Good-Bye is a mixed bag. The story and script are routine, often dipping to a soap opera level. The direction is simplistic and predictable, with pretentious camerawork. The acting, however, is competent.

    Jan 22, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The dialog that results is not neatly written prose but fumbling, honestly spoken words, a repetition of words and phrases that grate and ring true.

    Jan 22, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Unfortunately, the biggest problem was never addressed: nobody cares what happens to Peter ...

    May 5, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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