Nobody Waved Good-bye was shot in just three weeks in Toronto by Don Owen and a small crew of actors and technicians. The film was originally intended as a short documentary on juvenile delinquents but it grew and grew until it was decided to shoot it as a fiction film. Improvised by the actors, it told the story of teen alienation and became a surprise hit in the United States.
“I saw this movie in the late 1960's in high school. That a high school would show it amazes me as I look at the world we created. I had seen nothing like it and have remembered it in various forms ever since. I look forward to watching it again. I struggled to learn guitar in par to play The Water is Wide...”
— MartyL, 15 Apr 2012
“This is a really great movie. Early indie Canadian filmmaking at its finest. The kid's mother is a shrew. These days neither Dad nor the son would put up with it. They would both be out the door. She needed some Valium. That's how they dealt with stressed-out Moms in the '60s. Well cast, well acted, well directed. A classic.”
— MacLeod, 27 Mar 2012
“The kid's mother is a shrew. These days neither Dad nor the son would put up with it. They would both be out the door. She needed some Valium. That's how they dealt with stressed-out Moms in the '60s.”
— MacLeod, 26 Mar 2012
“Asberger's? Oh, please. Do we really need to medicalize everything. This is a story about a spoiled self-centered kid and the people he takes advantage of. I've looked for this movie for decades, and am most grateful to the NFB for making it viewable on line. I am chagrined to admit that when I first saw it I closely identified with Peter - in part because I was about the same age and also played the banjo, in part because I, too, felt alienated from my parents and middle class values - didn't we all then? ( I didn't steal from an employer, however, or steal a car, nor did I get a girlfriend pregnant.)
Seeing this movie again all these man years later is a bit like re-reading "Catcher In The Rye" 50 years later and thinking, 'I identified with that poor, screwedup Sad Sack? Wow! What a mess I must have been. Thank God things turned out so well.'”
— Thebd, 25 Sep 2011
“oh the restlessness of youth having it easy”
— neural, 9 Sep 2011
“This film may be ahead of its time in portraying a form of Asperger's Syndrome - a milder but often functional form of autism. The symptoms are similar to what I have witnessed and worked with: impulsiveness, mercurialness, rapid speech, obvious intelligence and articulation, mild paranoia / unaccountability, risk taking without thought of consequence, school dropout, etc. Many of these people, mainly males, have gone on to well-paid careers: many are athletes and heads of global businesses.
The acting is very accurate - it's as though the actor may have actually had the symptoms himself.
Try reading Susan Pinker's book "Sexual Paradox" - an easy but well researched read.
Anachronism? If the film was made in the 1960's, why does the sergeant's police uniform carry the King's crown rather than the Queen's crown - 1953 onward?”
— ofinso, 21 Feb 2011
“This film seems to represent the demarcation between the tranquil conformity of the 1950s and the social cataclysm of the late 1960s.”
— sixam, 19 Jul 2010