Not Fade Away

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Sopranos mastermind David Chase's autobiopgraphically-tinged drama Not Fade Away stars John Magaro as Douglas, a music-obsessed New Jersey high-school senior who quickly abandons his thoughts of joining the military when he hears the British Invasion, especially the raw blues swagger of the young Rolling Stones. He begins drumming in local bands with his buddies and, over the course of summer and winter breaks home from college, fights with his gruff dad (James Gandolfini), tries to win the heart of a girl he's ...
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Overview

Sopranos mastermind David Chase's autobiopgraphically-tinged drama Not Fade Away stars John Magaro as Douglas, a music-obsessed New Jersey high-school senior who quickly abandons his thoughts of joining the military when he hears the British Invasion, especially the raw blues swagger of the young Rolling Stones. He begins drumming in local bands with his buddies and, over the course of summer and winter breaks home from college, fights with his gruff dad (James Gandolfini), tries to win the heart of a girl he's been crushing on since forever, and keeps his dreams of being a rock star alive. As the sixties unfold, Douglas' band finally catches the break they've been looking for, but internal fighting threatens to sink the group.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Rock & roll is salvation, rebellion, fun, sex, and the greatest middle finger ever extended by one generation at another. If you actually believe all of that, even a little bit, David Chase's far-from-perfect Not Fade Away is hard to dislike. The movie stars John Magaro as Douglas, a music-obsessed New Jersey high-school senior who quickly abandons his thoughts of joining the military when he hears the British Invasion, especially the raw blues swagger of the young Rolling Stones. He begins drumming in local bands with his buddies and, over the course of summer and winter breaks home from college, fights with his gruff dad James Gandolfini, tries to win the heart of a girl he's been crushing on since forever, and keeps his dreams of being a rock star alive. Director and screenwriter David Chase is of course best known for his respected television résumé, which includes working on Northern Exposure and The Rockford Files, and masterminding The Sopranos, and Not Fade Away is certainly episodic in structure. Months or even whole years pass in the blink of an eye, and Chase gives just the tiniest of hints -- a character's new hairstyle or a particular music cue -- to help us keep our bearings. However, after about an hour, you realize that there really isn't a traditional narrative here with a beginning, middle, and end. We just drop in on Douglas' life as he fights with his old man, has a taste of music-business success, and almost sees Charlie Watts at a Hollywood party in 1969. Although it's easy to accuse Not Fade Away of being just another baby-boomer nostalgia trip, Chase avoids many of the elements you might expect from a film like that. There's little talk of Vietnam, no mention of Woodstock, and the hippie movement as a whole is ignored. The movie is so confidently meandering, so relaxed and down-to-earth, that those who don't have an emotional attachment to the time period or the music that sprang from it are likely to grow bored. Regarding the original music in the picture, while the actors all sing their vocal parts -- Douglas ends up fronting a band -- the songs are actually played by executive producer Steve Van Zandt's friends, fellow members of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, and there is a kick in listening to these seasoned professionals make themselves sound like a bunch of young kids hammering out their first songs. As for the familiar and not-so-familiar tunes that comprise the majority of the film's soundtrack, Van Zandt's taste is flawless. Although the music cues are undeniably personal for Chase, you don't have to have an inordinate fondness for the '60s to understand the heart of the movie. He's not really nostalgic for that time period; he's nostalgic for those heady years of life -- say, between the ages of 18 and 24 -- when you clumsily search for your identity, latching on to what the culture gives off in order to help.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/12/2013
  • UPC: 883929346806
  • Original Release: 2012
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount Catalog
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:52:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 43,407

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Magaro Douglas
Will Brill Wells
Jack Huston Eugene, Gene
Bella Heathcote Grace, Grace Deitz
James Gandolfini Pat
Molly Price , Antoinette
Dominique McElligott , Joy Deitz
Meg Guzulescu , Evelyn
Isiah Whitlock Jr. , Landers
Brad Garrett , Jerry Ragovoy
Christopher McDonald , Jack Deitz
Lisa Lampanelli , Aunt Josie
Brahm Vaccarella Joe Patuto
Gregory Perri Skip
Gerard Canonico Schindewulf
F. Michael Haynie The Bloat
Ken Forman Vincent Lento
Chris Bannow Dave Smith
Louis Mustillo Uncle Johnny Vitelloni
Mary Lou Mellace Aunt Louise
John Tormey Uncle Paul
Robert Funaro Uncle Murf
Samantha Ryan Maisano Aunt Jean
Anthony Giaimo Uncle Beppy
Meredith Forlenza Cousin Carol
Adam La Faci Cousin Paul
Katherine Bralower Card Table Girl
Rebecca Luker Marti Deitz
Justine Lupe Candace
Shannon Esper Mo Falcone
Marissa Ghavami Meredith
Natalie Marchelletta Karen
Lucie Pohl Severine
Alfie Stewart Keith
Dominic Sherwood Mick
Julia Garner Girl in Car
Randall Newsome Mr. Gaunt
Susan Knight Mrs. Gaunt
Audrey Lynn Weston Lisa
Lauren Culpepper Patty
Ryan Munzert Jim DeSouza
Mike Steinmetz Dennis
Jay Weinberg Jazz Drummer
Teddy Coluca Dominic
Charlie Plummer Grace's Little Brother
Graham Davie Mike
Julia Barrett Mitchell Crying Girl
John Mainieri Angry Dad
Taylor Young Young Hippie
Megan Hubbell Girl Who Has to Pee
Susan Duecker Singing Girl
Samantha Hahn Singing Girl
Devon Werden Singing Girl
Margaret Dorn Jingle Singer
Kyle Gordon Jingle Singer
Ula Hedwig Jingle Singer
Kevin Osborne Jingle Singer
Bob Bandiera Jingle Guitarist
Levi Wilson Charlie Watts
Allen Wilson-Myers II Orlando
Kevin Dorian Biker
Jordan Dean Bob Cisco
William L. Connell Wells' Brother
Madeline Rhodes Doug's First Fan
Brandon Thane Wilson Guy at Wells' House
Jeff Norris Garage Operator
Scarlett Thiele Diane
Stevie Lee Steel Melissa
Technical Credits
David Chase Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Eigil Bryld Cinematographer
Henry Dunn Art Director
Christopher Goode Co-producer
Mark Johnson Producer
Evelyne Noraz Makeup
Kerry Orent Executive Producer
Mathew Price Sound Mixer
Steven Rales Executive Producer
Mark Roybal Executive Producer
Catherine Marie Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer
Doug Torres Asst. Director
Meredith Tucker Casting
Steve Van Zandt Executive Producer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Ford Wheeler Production Designer
Sidney Wolinsky Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Not Fade Away
1. Chapter 1 [5:46]
2. Chapter 2 [6:05]
3. Chapter 3 [5:32]
4. Chapter 4 [7:53]
5. Chapter 5 [8:22]
6. Chapter 6 [5:48]
7. Chapter 7 [6:35]
8. Chapter 8 [8:41]
9. Chapter 9 [5:40]
10. Chapter 10 [1:13]
11. Chapter 11 [6:29]
12. Chapter 12 [6:59]
13. Chapter 13 [6:04]
14. Chapter 14 [8:50]
15. Chapter 15 [7:44]
16. Chapter 16 [6:11]
17. Chapter 17 [8:07]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Not Fade Away
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      Audio Options
         English 5.1 Dolby Digital
         Français 5.1 Dolby Digital
         Español 5.1 Dolby Digital
         English Audio Description
      Subtitle Options
         English Subtitles: On
         Français Subtitles: On
         Español Subtitles: On
         Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
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