Set in 1950s Indianapolis, this moving, meandering drama follows the coming-of-age of two recently returned Korean War veterans who, despite their obvious differences, form a friendship that sustains them through the trials ahead of them.… More Set in 1950s Indianapolis, this moving, meandering drama follows the coming-of-age of two recently returned Korean War veterans who, despite their obvious differences, form a friendship that sustains them through the trials ahead of them. They meet on a homeward bound train in 1954. Handsome, self-confident Gunner Casselman, a former high-school athlete, is returning home from Asia. He befriends awkward, skinny and introverted Sonny Burns, who spent his Army stint in Kansas City. Gunner regales Sonny with his many exciting exploits and insights about the wonders of Japan. When Sonny gets back to the stuffy confines of his family home and the ultra-conservative ways of his stodgy parents, he remembers Gunner's stories and suddenly finds his life claustrophobic and dull. Even his relationship with his reliable and marriage-minded old girlfriend feels smothering. He has no idea what he will do with his future, but he knows he doesn't want to remain in Indianapolis. With Gunner's help, Sonny gets involved with the gorgeous Gail, who lures him out of his shell and gives him the first opportunity in his life to shine. Things go well until the fateful moment when the relationship takes an intimate turn. The event causes a terrible crisis; the aftermath of which leaves Sonny forced to finally choose the course his life will take.
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.