Going All the Way

Synopsis: After returning home from the Korean War, two young men search for love and fulfillment in middle America.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Mark Pellington
Production: Gramercy Pictures
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
103 min

Train now leaving.

Destination... Kansas city,

Independence, Lee's Summit,

Warrensburg, Sedalia,

Jefferson City, Kirkwood,

St. Louis, East St. Louis,

Centralia, Effingham,

Terre Haute, Indianapolis.

All aboard! All aboard!

I'm so sorry.

Here, let me.

I'm so sorry.

It's OK.

Excuse me, sir.

Hey, gimme a bud,

will you?

Yes, sir.

Right away, sir.

Thank you.

Here you are, sir.

Thank you very much.

You're welcome.

Hey... Indianapolis.

Am I right?

Shortly high?

Yeah, Short...

Yeah, I went there.

Yeah. That's what I thought.

Tom Casselman,

class of'48.

Sure. Gunner.

Hell, everybody knows you.

Yeah. How are you?

Have... a seat.

And you're, uh... um...

Willard Burns.

You're "Sonny" Burns.

Right? Yeah!

Right. That's what they called me.

Yeah. I remember you.

You're the photographer,


Took pictures for

The Daily Echo.

Yeah, just sports stuff,

you know.

You might've seen it.

Actually, I got...

There was one of you

in particular.

It was in...

You were scoring in the Southport game.

Right. I remember that.

That's a great picture.

Yeah. Action stuff, Right?

Damn good, too.

Damn good stuff.

Yeah. This is great,

running into you.

Oh, yeah?

Yeah. As a matter

of fact, I've been...

Well, I've been doing a little

photography myself.

I picked me up a Nikon

over in Japan and...

I mean, I'm not worth

a damn yet...

post card shots

and tourist crap...

but I wanna learn.

Here you go.

Oh, thank you.


So, um...

Korea, huh?

You must've seen some combat.

Mmm. Yeah.

You know, I caught a little shrapnel

in the ass is all.

Yeah. I didn't...

you know, I didn't really, uh...

Got stuck in Kansas City.

Public Information.

Good conduct.

Well, hey, you know, somebody's

gotta hold down the fort, right?

Exactly. That'd be me.

You know what? There's really only

one thing you missed.

Yeah? What's that?


Yeah? Yeah?

You really liked it, huh?

Oh, God.

I mean, it...

it changed

my whole approach.

Right. Sure. To what?

Everything, you know?

You name it.

I mean, I never really...

Hell, I never really thought

about anything before I went to Japan.

I mean, in college,

I memorized stuff,

but I mean really think, you know?


I mean, take your

Zen Buddhism, OK?

- Okay.

- They got these riddles,

and they really make you think about

things differently.

Do you know any zen?

Uh... well, I had

some sukiyaki once.

You know...

in Chicago.

Well, uh...

you ever have

any sake?


not that I know of.

Did you play

any sports at all?

No. I always wanted to...

Ha ha ha!

Hey, at least you

didn't get arrested.

Hey, at least you got your fingers

worked out, huh?

F*** it.

Maybe you'll never return.

- Cheers.

- Ha ha ha!

Last stop!


Feel like I got

hit by a truck.

You know, uh...

we should get together some time, huh?

No sh*t.

Yeah, that'd be great.


You got a lift home?

Yeah. Yeah, I think...

my mother's picking me up.

Christ died for our sins!

Communism is the religion

of failures!

Christ died for our sins!

Communism is the religion

of failures!


Hey, see you later,

all right?

All right.


Gunner! Oh!


Ha ha ha!

There he is! Sonny!

Oh, it's Sonny!

Sonny! Sonny!

Oh! You're home!

Oh, You're home.

Welcome home, son.

Thank you, sir.

We thank you, oh, Lord,

for protecting this dear child

and for bringing

him home safe...

from the horrors of war.

Mother, I was only in Kansas City.

There's danger everywhere.

We're in a "no parking"zone, folks.

Elwood. Your father...

such a worry wart.

Come on.

Oh, I almost forgot.

We have a surprise for you.

What's the surprise?

Well, it's not a surprise

if I tell you.

Come on1

Surprise! Ha ha!


There she is!

Welcome home!

Give your best girl a kiss.


Got you a little treat,


Sweet dreams.

F*** you, God.

Come here, Sonny.

Come on, Sonny,

take my picture.

Come here, you war hero.

Come here...

Mmm... tastes good.

Well, I think

he'd feel better...

if he got up

before noon.

He deserves a rest...

after fighting for his country

for 2 long years.

He's been home 3 days,

and he hasn't been out of

the house.



Good morning to you

We're all

in our places

With bright,

shiny faces

For this

is the way

To start

a new day

I heard Eli Lily's looking

for young men.

They have a wonderful

retirement plan.

Life is just

a mountain railway

From the cradle

to the grave

Have you thought about

life insurance, son?

Oh, look who's here!

Hi, everybody!

Oh! Look at that cake!

Oh, she is some girl...

Kind of girl

you wanna marry.

Wanna go for a swim?

It'll do you good, son.

You do look

a little pale.

How's your pie?


Hey! Hi! Absolutely.

Where should I meet you?

In the red key?

Great. Yeah. Bye.

I don't see it

that way, you know?

To me, all those years,

it's like, wasted.

All that time, it just seems like

it was flushed away...

jockin' around and acting like

I knew it all...

and being a big rod and...

I must've seemed

like a real a**hole.

Oh, you know...

That's all right.

Hell, I get to thinking how

I was back then...

It's embarrassing,

you know what I mean?

Really, there were a lot of times when

I felt like, myself...

Lock up the women and children!


Hey, you old cocksman!

You old jocks can still

hit the ball, huh?

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Dan Wakefield

Dan Wakefield (born 1932) is an American novelist, journalist and screenwriter.His best-selling novels Going All The Way (1970) and Starting Over (1973) were made into feature films. He wrote the screenplay of Going All The Way, which starred Ben Affleck, Rachel Weisz and Rose McGowan.He created the NBC prime time television series “James at 15” (1977–78) and served as story editor of the series (1977). His other notable works include Island in the City: The World of Spanish Harlem, (1959) a pioneering journalistic account of a Puerto Rican neighborhood in New York, and the memoir New York in the Fifties, (2001) produced as a documentary film by Betsy Blankenbaker. His memoir Returning: A Spiritual Journey (1988) was called by Bill Moyers “one of the most important memoirs of the spirit I have ever read.” He edited and wrote the Introduction to Kurt Vonnegut Letters (2012.) Wakefield received The Bernard DeVoto Fellowship at The Bread Loaf Writer Conference in 1958, a Nieman Fellowship in Journalism (1963–64) and a Rockefeller Grant in Writing, 1968. Wakefield retired as Writer in Residence at Florida International University (1995-2009) where he received The Faculty Award for Mentorship. He moved back to his hometown of Indianapolis in 2011. more…

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