Going All the Way
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

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"Wakefield's trenchant coming-of-age tale uses a classic pairing of utterly contrasting types to ground his exploration of innocence and experience, of complacency and the thirst for adventure..."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Even if it's too self-conscious, Going All the Way, set in 1950s Indianapolis, nevertheless has a mix of the sweet and the forlorn that somehow works."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"This funny, oddly moving little film is distinguished by some fine acting."
‑ Michael Dequina, Movie Poop Shoot
"That rare '50s piece capable of attracting a young '90s audience."
‑ Bob Satuloff, Film Journal International
"First-time feature director Mark Pellington seems a little lost, not quite knowing in what direction to take his film or these characters."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"The leading men never quite show us the essence of their unlikely friendship."
‑ , Time Out
"I'm a decade younger than the characters in this movie, but I grew up in a time and place not far from the film's psychic setting. I recognized much."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Ultimately it's goofy and a little bit confusing, but a few of its insights are worthwhile, if far from unique in this genre."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"We're supposed to accept that something, anything, is happening, even though the actors are just standing there spouting memorized lines rather unenthusiastically."
‑ Rob Blackwelder, SPLICEDWire
"Wakefield, Pellington and company have much to be proud of here. Hopefully, their work will show other filmmakers that classic books can become winning films, when talented artists respect the integrity of the source."
‑ Edward Johnson-Ott, NUVO Newsweekly
"The only thing that sets it apart from so many forgettable period piece coming-of-age stories is that it has been put together with a degree of care and skill."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"An old-fashioned coming-of-age story with a newfangled art-film look..."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Davies and Affleck, though actors of different styles, share a genuine rapport, and their scenes together seem honest and compassionate."
‑ Lael Loewenstein, Boxoffice Magazine
"[A] myopic male gauntlet of shrews and Jews."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Davies steals the show with his sympathetic performance. If you were ever the outcast in school or had a friend who was, Sonny will undoubtedly bring back painful memories."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
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