Not Fade Away

Synopsis: On a train, Keith and Mick chat about the blues and the Rolling Stones are born. Douglas and Joe chat in front of a New Jersey music store, and a band is born: as Douglas's sister tells us, it's one of many that don't make it. We follow Douglas from high school (1963-64), when he sees himself as a loser, into the band, playing drums and singing backup - then as the front man. There are tensions, a breakup, an audition in front of a major player, and decisions. Douglas pursues Grace, a country-club gal with hip sensibilities who believes in him. There's also his father, working class, wanting Douglas to apply himself as he watches his own life fill with regrets.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): David Chase
Production: Paramount Studios
  3 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
112 min

This is a test.

For the next 60 seconds,

this station will conduct

a test of the

Emergency Broadcast System.

This is only a test.

- Is that you?

- Hey.

Long time, huh?

Still selling ice creams

off your bicycle?


American R&B?

Did you...

Did you nick them all?

I sent off to Chicago.

You know, mail order?

I play that Little Queenie.

Still wearing out the stylus

on your mum's Philips, Keith?

F***, Mick.

I don't play it on the f***ing hi-fi.

I got me a Rosetti steel-string.

DeArmond pickup.

Nice. I've been singing

a bit myself recently.

With ol' Dick Taylor.

Is that right?

You go for Jimmy Reed?

"Baby, What You Want Me To Do."

Yeah. Yeah.

I love that song.

This meeting took place

some 20 years after

the bombing of London

and the end

of World War II.

We know what happened

to those two boys.

They became

The Rolling Stones.

A couple years after that meeting

on the train,

my brother and his friends

also started a band.

Not so many people know

what became of them.

In fact, like with most bands,

you've never heard of them.

Those black diamond Rogers

are cooler than sh*t.

Swiv-O-Matic hardware.

This f***ing guy I know

goes to Hancock Regional?

He has a 6118.

That's where I f***ing go.

I f***ing go to

Delbarton Academy.

F***ing eats sh*t.

I'm f***ing transferring

to Hancock senior year.

What's your friend's name?

Gene Gaunt.

F***, I know him!

He's like one of my

best friends this year!

Him and me are in a band.

With Billy Schindewulf on drums.

Gaunt's double picking!

They're clapping on the on-beat.


Preceding the hearse,

a 13-man Marine Honor Guard,

their bayonets glinting in the glare

of camera lights.

Not going to work today, Dad?

Carmine and me are deciding whether

to open the store.

Lots of businesses are closed.

Good. I'm happy for them.

They're so rich.

I saw my sister Louise

at the Celentano wake.

She started right in.

How I should find Ma a new doctor.

Mrs. Kennedy rode

with her arm stretched across the coffin.

She was wearing

the same pink suit

that was spattered with blood

when the President was shot.

Had one of your

nightmares last night.

What the hell were you

hollering about this time?

This colored boy was trying

to come up the lawn to get me.

The kids in schools in the south

stood up and cheered

when he got assassinated.

Don't believe everything

you hear.

No, you're right.

Let's believe

"The heartbreak of psoriasis"

and all those other commercials

you sell airtime for.

Buick and those jerks.

The men who had

the genius and the daring

to develop the Dynaflow

transmission... Kenneth.

...are jerks.

I'm going to volunteer

to go down there.

That's a crafty dodge from your

plunging grade point average.

How's the bird?

Happy Thanksgiving, Mother.

I think we got a bongo-drum

playing beatnik in our midst.

Stop it, you little fag!

You're a fag!

Stop toying with your

yams and sit up.

The Southerners cheered

because President Kennedy

wanted to pass voting laws

for colored people.

Exactly, Gracie.

That is the precise reason

JFK went and garnered

such animus for himself

down in Dixieland.

Garnered such what?

Look it up,

Mrs. Allen Ginsberg.

Clocks are made by men.

God creates time.

No man can prolong

his allotted hours.

He can only live

them to the fullest

in this world or in

the Twilight Zone.

You can give this program

back to the Indians,

as far as I'm concerned.

- It's cool.

-Now, Mr. Serling.

Next time, we enlist the aid

of a very talented scribe...

There is a fifth dimension

beyond that known to man,

between light and shadow.

At the end of the show,

nothing is ever what it seemed.

Real life's too much

like what it seems.

Dad, this Army recruiter

who came to our school,

he said they got

a tank now, the M60,

can drive right through

a steel and concrete building.


I want to go to a college

that has ROTC.

Keep your grades up.

Achieving your goals

is 10% inspiration, 90% perspiration.


Good night.

It's hard to imagine now,

but the next historical event came only

three weeks after the assassination.

Scott Muni, WABC.

What's that?

Hey, Bette.

It's hot in here.

I know who he was looking at you.

He was, I swear.

It's not just Grace Deitz.

Chicks in general just...

Wait, wait.

Let's face it.

I'm a crap drummer.

I'm a sh*t athlete.

And that is the biggest sin,

if you're from around here.

He's right, man.

Jocks get 90, 95% of all the poontang.

You played varsity ball

till you got disallowed for grades.

The reason me and Wells

never asked you

to be in the band

is Schindewulf.

The guy's got the fastest

bass-drum foot in the county.

I love her, man!

Hey, shut up!

You want to bring the cops here?

Nothing has ever worked

for me with girls.

I got this skinny physique.

I got this skuzzy complexion.

Rolling Stones.

Aren't they great?

They're gonna leave

right after the show for London.

They're challenging The Beatles

to a hair-pulling contest.

What the f*** are

you doing, man?

My old man's going

to go f***ing apeshit!

You see The Stones

on Hollywood Palace last night?


This definitely decides it.

I'm starting a band like them

and The Beatles.

Wells is in.

You want to play drums?

What about Schindewulf?

He's doing so putrid at school,

his old man's making him

join the Marines.

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David Chase

David Chase (born August 22, 1945) is an American writer, director, and television producer who has worked in television for 40 years. His best known work is the HBO drama The Sopranos which aired for six seasons between 1999 and 2007. He has also produced and written for such shows as The Rockford Files, I'll Fly Away, and Northern Exposure. He has created the original series Almost Grown which aired for 10 episodes in 1988 and 1989. He has won seven Emmy Awards. more…

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