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No Way Home (1996)

An ex-cons future is threatened by his brother's involvement with drugs.

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Buddy Giovinazzo
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Roth ... Joey
James Russo ... Tommy
Deborah Kara Unger ... Lorraine
Joseph Ragno ... Ralphie
Catherine Kellner ... Denise
Saul Stein ... Brick
Bernadette Penotti Bernadette Penotti ... Ronnie
Gareth Williams ... Ken Tierno
Jerry Dean ... Jackie
Larry Romano ... Carter
Mike Grief ... Gastank
Michael Cambridge Michael Cambridge ... Jason (as Brian Burke)
James Starace James Starace ... Jeremy
James Shue James Shue ... Louie
Heather Gottlieb Heather Gottlieb ... Candy
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Storyline

Six years ago Joey's life changed totally. A shop owner who lay in a pool of blood claimed that Joey was the perpetrator. Now the time is served and Joey has scars on both his body and his soul. He is determined to never go back to prison. He seeks his elder brother Tommy who has begun dealing drugs and is now married to a beautiful blonde named Lorraine. She is at first sceptical about Joey staying there, but soon they develop a special relationship. Written by Fredrik Klasson <fredrik.klasson@boras.mail.telia.com>

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Blood ties can be murder. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gasoline Alley See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Orenda Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Shot in thirty-six days. See more »

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Opening sequence shows Joey's tribal band tattoo is on around his left upper arm and the smaller letter tattoos on his right inner forearm. After Joey gets off the bus in town his arm band tattoo switches to his right upper arm. See more »

Quotes

Tommy: Blood is thicker than water, no?
Joey: I don't know, I haven't drank any in a while.
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Powerful, with an every day tone
24 May 1999 | by koop-2See all my reviews

Joey gets out of prison after six years. What crime he has served we don't know yet. He goes to his parental home and rings on the door. A blonde opens. Joey asks for his brother Tommy, troubled the blonde goes to get him. A surprised Tommy invites his younger brother. Against his wife's (the blonde) wish Tommy and Joey agree that Joey should live at their home a while, until he get a job and can get a place of his own.

Tommy sells grass and Lorrain works as stripper at private parties. Joey is determined to not get in to jail again and begins to work as a window cleaner. Something that Tommy think is stupid, because there's more money to earn on drugs.

Joey - who according to himself, is a bit 'slow' since a incident in childhood - develops with time a special relationship with Lorrain, who's at first is skeptical to Joey's stay in the house. Tommy appears the longer the film goes as a real a**hole - he doesn't do anything home, is unfaithful and lies to his wife. When Joey asks Lorrain is happy with her situation he explain, in the key scene of the film, that marriage doesn't have any benefits; "You get marry when you're in love, then you get tired with each other". Lorrain is in any case grateful of that Tommy haven't during their more than four years together never have beaten her once. Something that her former husband did.

No Way Back (the title unfortunately sounds like an inferior action flick.) is a traditional film, without too many clichés. The director manages to work up scenes and solutions we recognize to something natural. Powerful, with an every day tone (e.g. when Joey visits his former girlfriend).

The actors in the three leading roles are exquisite: Tim Roth as Joey does a typical Tim Roth role without because of that it would be too much Tim Roth of the role. James Russo (Tommy) makes a role portrait who resembles that kind of things he done before, but I want to rank this performance as the best I've seen from him. Deborah (Kara) Unger as Lorrain, who placed the centre of gravity on the acting and not to look sexy, convinces with her restrained acting style in her study of a woman who's become tired.


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