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Goin' Down the Road (1970)

Two friends leave the picturesque yet rural province of Nova Scotia for the nightlife and culture of Toronto. They soon end up wistful and nostalgic about Nova Scotia though after finding out that Toronto isn't as fun as they'd hoped.

Director:

Donald Shebib

Writers:

William Fruet, William Fruet (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Doug McGrath ... Peter
Paul Bradley ... Joey
Jayne Eastwood ... Betty
Cayle Chernin Cayle Chernin ... Selina
Nicole Morin Nicole Morin ... Nicole
Pierre La Roche Pierre La Roche ... Frenchy
Don Steinhouse Don Steinhouse ... Boys At The Plant
Ted Sugar Ted Sugar ... Boys At The Plant
Ron Martin Ron Martin ... Boys At The Plant
Max Jones Max Jones
Dennis Bishop Dennis Bishop ... Loblaw's Clerk
J.R. Zimmerman J.R. Zimmerman ... (as Fred Zimmerman)
Stuart Marwick Stuart Marwick
Mary Black ... Peter's Aunt
Sheila White ... Girl in Record Shop
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Storyline

Story of desolation as two friends travel from Nova Scotia to Toronto in hope of finding a better life. Drifting from job to job: bottling plant, car wash, bowling alley, newspaper delivery, and in between enjoying the night life of the big city. Their previous life is looking better all the time. This movie is a time capsule of Toronto's Yonge Street - record stores (defunct A&A's), bars, and old neighbourhood side streets. Written by Sven Kahrkling <sven@customized.com>

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Drama

Certificate:

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The car that Peter and Joey drive is a 1960 Chevrolet Impala convertible. See more »

Quotes

Joey Mayle: C'mon Pete.
Peter McGraw: Piss off.
Joey Mayle: It's 6:30.
Peter McGraw: I'm not going to work today.
Joey Mayle: Okay, suit yourself.... Jesus, Petey! Hey, Pete, you can't take no day off! We only been here a month, you think they're not gonna know something's up?
Peter McGraw: I don't give a damn. I can't go horsin' around with broads half the night and drag my butt out of bed a couple'a hours later. All that dumb Selina does is talk. Last night she told me about her mother and her brother's hernia operation and Christ knows what.
Joey Mayle: I thought you were really gettin...
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Soundtracks

Another Victim of the Rainbow
(uncredited)
Music & lyrics by Bruce Cockburn
Performed by Bruce Cockburn
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Incredible movie, a must see
21 May 2002 | by jimbob_furleySee all my reviews

A gritty and realistic portrayal of the Toronto in 1970, and the tale of two young men with "not a pot to p*** in", who come west from Nova Scotia in search of a better life, but who both end up just trying to survive.

Easily one of the top 10 movies within the past 20 years that I have had the pleasure of viewing.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1972 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Goin' Down the Road See more »

Filming Locations:

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Budget:

CAD87,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Evdon Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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