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Goin Down the Road is considered to be one of the greatest English-Canadian films of all time Released in 1970 it was directed by Don Shebib and stars Doug McGrath and Paul Bradley with Jayne Eastwood in a supporting role It is about the universally understood rite of passage the two young men searching for bigger and better things While the films strengths and weakness are addressed it must be taken into consideration the values of the decade the film was created The ability for the viewer to relate to the protagonists struggle creates much of the films appeal at the same time it is a story that has been told many times before The minimal budget given to the director led him to create a cinematographic effect of realism It is also a distinctly Canadian film yet it sometimes over steps the boundary between cultural awareness and cultural hypocrisy Altogether it is a simple yet poignant film about the coming of age story of two high school dropouts from the Maritimes Pete McGrath and Joey Bradley The film tells the story of Pete and Joey Two young men in their early twenties who are fed up their dead end lives working at a Cannery in Cape Breton Nova Scotia After speaking to some friends from Toronto who offers them accommodation and better jobs Pete and Joey pack up their lives and head off to the big city with high hopes Upon arrival in Toronto they realize that beds and jobs are not going to fall into their laps as they had supposed their friend has no room for them and they have to sleep at a shelter Before falling asleep Pete and Joey see a classified section in the newspaper and are happily amazed at the amount of jobs available The next day their navet is revealed when to their surprise they are denied jobs because of their lack of
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