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Not Fade Away

HD   R Closed Captioning

David Chase

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About the Movie

It’s the 1960s and Rock and Roll is changing the world. Inspired by a bold new era and his success in a local band, Douglas (John Magaro) drops out of college to pursue his musical dreams, only to discover the harsh realities of the music industry. Douglas is forced to choose between listening to his father or listening to his heart in a film Rolling Stone calls “A gritty, graceful salute to Rock & Roll”*.

*Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 86
  • Fresh: 60
  • Rotten: 26
  • Average Rating: 6.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: By focusing on musicians who are talented but finally not good or persistent enough to succeed in the big time, "Not Fade Away" offers a poignant, alternative, antiheroic history of the big beat. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Dec 20, 2012

Fresh: Rock & roll is here to stay. And David Chase gets some well-deserved satisfaction. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Jan 2, 2013

Fresh: Well-observed but occasionally disjointed, it's a film that's more about thematic tone, sound and images than it is driven by plot. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Jan 3, 2013

Rotten: Alas, Not Fade Away is far less pungent than the period it attempts to evoke. – Mark Jenkins, NPR, Dec 20, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Chase avoided cliche so well on HBO...

with the Sopranos. He must have saved them all for this film. Just awful and lacking in any originality. Ouch.

A reminder of the Sixties

It's a good movie. There do not appear to be any anachronisms. The soundtrack is great and prompted me to buy the Tracy Nelson song, sort of a gospel/blues number. In addition to showing the music of the sixties, it shows the tensions that were often between the two generations. It brings up many social and political issues, but does not delve into them too deeply as that would stray too far from the main story. It is also a movie about growing up. The ending shows how tenuous romantic relationships can be in late adolescence/early adulthood. It also illustrates that only a handful of rock bands were truly successful. For every Beatles and Stones, there are hundreds of bands most people have never heard of. Many of these bands do not even get to the point of having a local hit. One should check out the recording artists that were on the soundtrack. Also in the beginning, the characters who play Mick and Keith mention a mutual friend of theirs. You should check him out too and the bands he was in.


I would have been disappointed if I had rented it for more than $.99. If you want a taste of the sixties it's ok. If you are looking for a good entertaining movie about the '60's I'd say look elsewhere.

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Not Fade Away
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2012

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