Saturday, January 23, 2010


January 23rd, 2010

3:00 PM


Dir. Donald Shebib (CA, 1970) 90 mins

Goin' Down the Road chronicles the lives of two young men from the Maritimes who move to Toronto in order to find a better life. It starred Doug McGrath, Paul Bradley, Jayne Eastwood and Cayle Chernin. Despite a lack of production expense, it is generally regarded as one of the best and most influential Canadian films of all time and has received considerable critical acclaim for its true-to-life performances. In 2002, readers of Playback (magazine) voted it the 5th greatest Canadian film of all-time.

The story is about desolation, as two friends Pete and Joey travel from Nova Scotia to Toronto in hope of finding a better life. When the prestigious jobs they expected do not materialize, they are forced to work in menial, low-paying jobs in a bottle factory and a carwash. Joey gets a waitress pregnant, marries her and moves into a dream apartment with furniture on borrowed money. Meanwhile, Pete has higher ambitions which also go unrewarded. When their seasonal jobs disappear, they are forced to move in together. Desperate, they decide to rob a Loblaws grocery store at Christmas. After botching this job too, they decide, in desperation, to head west.

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