Oscilloscope Laboratories will release a never-before-seen 4K re-edit of Mark Pellington’s Sundance Film Festival hit Going All The Way: The Director’s Edit.
Originally released in 1997, Pellington’s debut feature film is based on Dan Wakefield’s best-selling novel about two young men facing an uncertain future in 1950s Indiana, after their return from the Korean War, and features breakthrough performances by then unknown actors Jeremy Davies, Ben Affleck, Rachel Weisz, Rose McGowan, and Nick Offerman who bolted into stardom.
Oscilloscope Laboratories will give the film an exclusive theatrical run starting in Los Angeles at Brain Dead Studios on November 7th with national rollout to follow. Pellington will be in attendance with special guests for post-screening Q&A’s on Thursday, November 10th.
Mark Pellington’s adaptation of Dan Wakefield’s seminal novel about a young man coming of age in the 1950s is a timeless story of freedom and repression, friendship and family, sex and love, and the psychological and spiritual struggle to be true to one’s self even if it means going against society’s expectations. In his debut as a feature filmmaker, Pellington constructs an elegant and morally complex tale about two young high school alumni and Korean war veterans returning to their sheltered Indianapolis community, only to find they no longer fit in.
As classmates, shy, artistic Sonny (distinctly portrayed by Jeremy Davies) and charming, popular Gunner (Ben Affleck in his first lead role) had nothing to do with one another, but now, in the stifling climate of Eisenhower America, where prejudice and paranoia rule the day, the two young men find in each other the strength to change their lives and futures. Each must choose between the suffocating, but familiar comforts offered to them by their mothers (Jill Clayburgh, Lesley Ann Warren) and their old flames and friends (Amy Locane, Nick Offerman), or the exciting, but uncertain futures represented by a pair of enthralling new romantic prospects (Rachel Weisz, Rose McGowan). Theirs is an emotionally fraught journey—especially for Sonny, who struggles with self-doubt and thoughts of suicide—but one leavened by moments of humor, uplift, and self-discovery.
Originally released in 1997, the newly re-edited and restored version completely upends the original cut, hews closer to the source novel, and cements the film as one of the most aesthetically fresh and thematically fascinating films of the 90s, as well as a testament to the ever-evolving possibilities of cinematic rediscovery.
Watch the official trailer for 4K re-edit of Mark Pellington’s Going All The Way: The Director’s Edit.