No Looking Back

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No Looking Back
No Looking Back FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Edward Burns
Produced by Alysse Bezahler
Ted Hope
Michael Nozik
Robert Redford
John Sloss
Written by Edward Burns
Lauren Holly
Jon Bon Jovi
Connie Britton
Starring Lauren Holly
Edward Burns
Jon Bon Jovi
Music by Joe Delia
Patti Scialfa
Cinematography Frank Prinzi
Edited by Susan Graef
Distributed by Gramercy Pictures
Release dates
March 27, 1998 (1998-03-27)
Running time
96 mins
Country United States
Language English
Budget $5,000,000[1]
Box office $222,099[2]

No Looking Back is a 1998 American drama-genre film directed, written, produced by, and starring Edward Burns. The film centers on the relationship of Charlie (Burns) and Claudia (Lauren Holly). The film had a limited theatrical release and grossed less than $250,000 domestically from its $5 million budget.


Claudia is a waitress in a seaside blue-collar village. Stuck there most of her life as her 30th birthday approaches, she dreams of bigger things.

Her boyfriend of several years, Michael, is impatient to get married and start a family. Claudia is uncertain she wants to be tied down in this small town like her sister Kelly, a single mother, keeping an eye on their own mother, who has been morose since their father abruptly left.

Complicating the situation for Claudia is the return of Charlie Ryan, an old boyfriend, who had escaped this small-town life, but now takes a job in a garage and acts as if he's planning to stay.



Burns said he originally wanted a budget of $12 million to get more shooting days but he was only able to secure $5 million. The movie was shot over 35 days. At the time he described it as "the most personal film I've ever made. The one that's closest to my heart."[3]


Burns later said his friends nicknamed the film Nobody Saw It. After its poor commercial reception he did not write anything for two years.[4]


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