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Following (1998)

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A young writer who follows strangers for material meets a thief who takes him under his wing.

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Christopher Nolan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Theobald ... The Young Man
Alex Haw Alex Haw ... Cobb
Lucy Russell ... The Blonde
John Nolan ... The Policeman
Dick Bradsell Dick Bradsell ... The Bald Guy
Gillian El-Kadi Gillian El-Kadi ... Home Owner
Jennifer Angel Jennifer Angel ... Waitress
Nicolas Carlotti Nicolas Carlotti ... Barman
Darren Ormandy Darren Ormandy ... Accountant
Guy Greenway Guy Greenway ... Heavy #1
Tassos Stevens Tassos Stevens ... Heavy #2
Tristan Martin Tristan Martin ... Man at Bar
Rebecca James Rebecca James ... Woman at Bar
Paul Mason Paul Mason ... Home Owner's Friend
David Bovill David Bovill ... Home Owner's Husband
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Storyline

An older man listens to Bill's story about being a callow writer who likes to follow strangers around London, observing them. One day, a glib and self-confident man whom Bill has been following confronts him. He's Cobb, a burglar who takes Bill under his wing and shows him how to break and enter. They burgle a woman's flat; Bill gets intrigued with her (photographs are everywhere in her flat). He follows her and chats her up at a bar owned by her ex-boyfriend, a nasty piece of work who killed someone in her living room with a hammer. Soon Bill is volunteering to do her a favor, which involves a break-in. What does the older man know that Bill doesn't? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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You're Never Alone.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Praćenje See more »

Filming Locations:

UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$48,482

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$48,482
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Next Wave Films, Syncopy See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Christopher Nolan: [credit card break-in] Cobb attempts to break into a flat using a credit card. The same method is used in Memento (2000) and Insomnia (2002). See more »

Goofs

In one shot, when Cobb puts the gloves in the young man's mouth it is half sticking out but in the next scene it is almost completely in the young man's mouth. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bill: The following is my explanation. Well, more of an account of what happened. I'd been on my own for a while and getting kind of lonely... and bored... nothing to do all day. And that's when I started shadowing.
The Policeman: Shadowing?
Bill: Shadowing - Following. I started to follow people
The Policeman: Who?
Bill: Anyone at first. Um,
[sniffs]
Bill: you know, that was the whole point - somebody at random, someone who didn't know who I was.
The Policeman: And then?
Bill: And then nothing.
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Crazy Credits

The movie was filmed from 1996 to 1997 and first released in 1998. However, the copyright date in the credits is listed as being 1999. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Criterion Collection DVD features an additional "Chronological Edit" of the film, which places the scenes in linear order. See more »

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Referenced in Sean Bradley Reviews: Dunkirk (2017) See more »

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British genius
13 September 2004 | by ginger_sonnySee all my reviews

Vital and inventive British film about a man who becomes obsessed with randomly picking people out in the street and following them

Bill becomes obsessed with picking people out in the street at random and following them. He is drawn into the criminal underworld when he chooses to follow a burglar, Cobb, who catches him in the act and encourages him to take things further...

This is a rare and inventive British film, one not concerned with being flavour of the month in the style mags. Its low budget is displayed like a badge of pride, which is refreshing rather than annoying. It runs out of steam before the end, but Nolan hints at something very special here.


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