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Going All the Way [VHS] (1997)

Jeremy Davies , Ben Affleck , Mark Pellington  |  R |  VHS Tape
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jeremy Davies, Ben Affleck, Amy Locane, Rose McGowan, Rachel Weisz
  • Directors: Mark Pellington
  • Writers: Dan Wakefield
  • Producers: Mark Lipson, Michael Mendelsohn, Richard S. Wright, Sigurjon Sighvatsson, Ted Tannebaum
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: USA
  • VHS Release Date: January 11, 2000
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304766017
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #482,100 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews


The Dan Wakefield novel upon which this film was based has been hailed by critics as another Catcher in the Rye, but you wouldn't know that from this unenlightening adaptation. Jeremy Davies (Saving Private Ryan) plays a superneurotic, Korean War veteran who develops an unlikely friendship with another, Neal Cassady-like vet (Ben Affleck) as well as a taste in art, New York City, and college girls. The trouble with the film is that it refuses to yield important information about its central figure. Davies's character has some kind of undefined problem with his mother, religion, ambition, masturbation, and much else, but without access to his internal dialogue, we only see him as a twitchy insect for whom regular sex with a beautiful girlfriend inexplicably does nothing for his ego. Don't blame Davies: he does this nerve-damaged bit all the time, and in the hands of a good director his performances are controlled and economical (see Spanking the Monkey). However, his director on Going All the Way--Mark Pellington--has no idea of how to shape the actor's abilities. --Tom Keogh

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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film becomes a DVD heavy on extra features! November 4, 2000
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Ignore Leonard Maltin's whiney review! Mark Pellington's "Going All the Way" is ANYTHING but a "familiar seeming" coming of age story! In fact, ignore the synopsis on this very DVD package that describes the film as a "romantic comedy"! Although the characters may have sex on their minds, there is not much real "romance" to be found in this particular tale! Based on Dan Wakefield's 1971 novel of the same name, "Going All the Way" is a somewhat darkly-shaded character study of two unlikely friends in 1950's Indianapolis. One of the charcters, Sonny Burns (played by "Saving Private Ryan's" Jeremy Davies), is the complete antithesis of a glamorous Hollywood leading man, and Davies completely brings to life the character described Wakefield's original book. His brooding, half-mumbled performance perfectly captures Sonny's underlying anger, confusion, and insecurity. Actress Amy Locane (who previously appeared in "School Ties") also shines in a smaller part as Sonny's longsuffering girlfriend Buddy Porter. Although she does not have an over-abundance of dialogue, Locane conveys a lot of emotion with her expressive eyes and facial expressions...and as it turns out in the end, Buddy is probably the most "with it" character in this entire story. This new DVD release is a virtual tresure trove for fans of this film! The original rough cut of "Going All the Way" ran 3 hours and 10 minutes, and was cut down to less than 2 hours for its theatrical release. The DVD provides us with well over an hour of that "missing" footage, presented here as "deleted scenes". In fact the first deleted scene is an entire 45 minute subplot that was excised from the film. Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This dark, angst ridden film depicts the anxieties of both Veteran's and their families after returning from war. It is the story of one young man's adjustment back into society and the bosom of his family. Between flashbacks, and grating overtures from Mom and Dad and Girlfriend to make things right, it seems like nothing will ever be right again. But with the help of his best-friend, (played by Ben Affleck) he begins to slowly, but surely put things back together for himself, and to enjoy life again, but on his own terms. Moving, emotional and relatible as the boy who never quite fit in, but is now a war hero, this film tells an interesting, compelling story. Ben Affleck plays a "good ol' boy" type, who shuns that image after being exposed to the realities of war. I would recommend it for anyone who would like the opportunity to see Ben in one of his best and biggest performances.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Great But Entertaining! July 30, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
The critics were not too kind to this film and probably a little too harsh. It is not a disappointing film as some would have you believe and brings to life how bad things happen to good people. I thought the acting by Jeremy Davis and Ben Affleck was very good as they brought their characters to life. I not only enjoyed the film but i was in it playing a bar patron along side Davis and Affleck. If you don't have anything better to do on a rainy day, rent or buy this move, sit back with some popcorn, and enjoy!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A film with real depths to it June 25, 2002
The lowdown:
Going All the Way is a touching story about learning to let go, coming to terms with yourself, love, and the power of friendship between two young men whose relationship "is the core of the movie," says MTV Award-winning music video director Mark Pellington, whose debut film shows that he clearly knows what he's doing, and that his talents can be set on more than one profession. Pellington tackles the challenge of presenting two authentic young men who we can relate to, and passes with flying colours.
Jeremy Davies is perfect for these kinds of rolls, where he plays a shy, secretive, insecure young man trapped in a boy's body, who's trying to escape his parent's domination... having played two such intriguing rolls in one year, in Going All the Way and in John Patrick Kelley's equally enchanting and moving (but ultimately a little too broody) The Locusts. And although at war with his parents, he also wants to try and make up for all the lonely years he spent in high school masturbating over fevered fantasies beyond the reach of fulfillment. I mean, sure he's got Buddy (just the name makes me cringe) but she's much too available and overall not the sort of woman out of his skin mags who'll sweep him off his feet. Sonny Burns' life is enough to drive anyone to the rubber room, and you truly share his pain. At times, it may have seemed as though he has finally reached that flight of stairs, merely to once again find himself at the very bottom of where he started, of his ultimate goal... to happiness. Jeremy's brooding, partially-mumbled performance perfectly captures his underlying disarray, insecurities, and anger.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fady Ghaly's reviews November 11, 2001
This film, while it may be regarding every boy's life growing up in whatever period of decade, not necessarily the nineteen-fifties, it can really relate to anyone. Not only does it voyage into Sonny Burns' yearning for sexual fulfillment, but it also concerns the mothers of these individuals, who just don't know when to let go, and it also voyages into the power of friendship, into the bond of two young men-one of whom being Sonny-returning home from the Army to discover that their attitudes on life, love, and the town in which they grew up in have altered in this bittersweet coming-of-age drama. Their chemistry was natural, and together they visually generated an improbable coalition rather than some silly contrast. Both men are circumscribed and callow, their inducement is focused on their genitals, and yet they burn with idealism, with fevered fantasies of their own eventual triumph (. . .)
The theme which caught my attention most was that of Sonny's sexual frustrations and afflictions with his parents, whose religious beliefs are a matter in which they still assume he opts to follow, or rather neglect to face the fact that he just may no longer want to, like many individuals emerging a certain age, who'll depart from the past and take their own path to whatever life and career that awaits them. But it's not that Sonny necessarily was growing out of the whole scene of going to church every Sunday morning and saying a prayer before going to sleep.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
The book was one of the most funny I've read, and the film just didn't do it justice. One improvement is that Sonny's character is much sweeter and more likeable in the film than... Read more
Published on April 5, 2008 by S. J. Paulsen
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine film, but I hate that generic title
Sonny Burns (Jeremy Davies) and Gunnar Casselman (Ben Affleck) are two young men who strike up an acquaintance on their way home from the war in Korea. Read more
Published on April 27, 2003 by David Bonesteel
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Insightful
This film about the friendship of two very different men was extroadinary. My hat's off to the director, Mark Pellington, he will most certainly be one of the top ten directors in... Read more
Published on November 26, 2001 by ardent_lover
4.0 out of 5 stars Ben Affleck is terrific
I purchased this film mainly because I am a Ben Affleck fan. I rented it once on video and thought that it was a great film. Read more
Published on August 31, 2001 by Stacey
2.0 out of 5 stars One Thumb Up and One Thumb Down
This movie seemed a bit okay. I got the story and everything, but there were some minor parts that really didn't make any sense at all. Read more
Published on January 30, 2001 by Jennie Mae Sablan
3.0 out of 5 stars It was an ok movie
This movie was clever an humorous at times. I thought that the acting was well done and the dialogue as great. Rose McGowan was a great character and made the movie better. Read more
Published on May 4, 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars Good if you like Davies and Affleck
Not one of my most beloved favorites, but it was rather entertaining, funny, and deep, but not a masterpiece. Read more
Published on July 28, 1999 by Golden Girls fan
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