Not Fade Away (film)

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Not Fade Away
Not Fade Away poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by David Chase
Produced by David Chase
Mark Johnson
Written by David Chase
Starring John Magaro
Jack Huston
Bella Heathcote
Cinematography Eigil Bryld
Edited by Sidney Wolinsky
Distributed by Paramount Vantage
Release dates
  • October 6, 2012 (2012-10-06) (New York Film Festival)
  • December 21, 2012 (2012-12-21) (United States)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20 million[1]
Box office $610,792[1]

Not Fade Away is a 2012 drama film and the directorial debut of The Sopranos creator David Chase. It was released on December 21, 2012.[2]


Set in suburban Detroit in the 1960s, a group of friends form an all-female singing group and try to make it big.

In her late teens, Denise Douglas lives with her mother Patricia, who suffers from mycosis fungoides and is physically rough with Denise; with her father Anthony, who frequently threatens suicide, and with her younger brother Evan, the film's narrator. Denise sees her friend Emily Gaunt singing for a group in high school and resolves to join the group to earn the affections of a boy named Georgie Dietz. Denise gets her chance when the one of the group's backup vocalists becomes pregnant. In the wake of the "Motown Eruption",Em is trying to remodel her group after Martha and the Vandellas and The Supremes, and she believes Denise is suited to this style.

The group's members fluctuate. The core of the group is Denise, Em, and their friend Yvonne. Em is initially the lead singer, with Yvonne and Denise on backup vocals. However, one night at a party, Em accidentally swallows a joint, while trying to smoke it through a toilet paper roll and is unable to sing. Denise takes over on lead vocals—the group's members later agree that she is superior to Em. Em feels threatened by Denise and tries to keep the spotlight on herself. During one concert she juggles firecrackers in protest of the Vietnam War, but fumbles and burns her scalp, humiliating herself and the group. Denise goes to Em's house to formally kick her out of the band, and they end up fighting until Em's mother restrains her.

Douglas gets involved with Georgie after a couple of heart-to-heart conversations. Their relationship suffers a blow when Yvonne reveals that Georgie used to perform cunnilingus on her regularly. Denise and Georgie have an argument in which he wrongly accuses her of sleeping with his brother Jack. Jack, an eccentric deeply invested in the counter-culture movement, develops increasing friction with his mother, who ultimately has him committed to a mental hospital. After this, Denise and a grief-stricken Georgie get back together.

Denise drops out of college to pursue her musical career full-time, which drives a rift between herself and Patricia. However, when Patricia learns that her psoriasis is actually cancer, she starts to mellow somewhat, sharing a dinner with her daughter and revealing a personal secret that involves Denise's father.

Meanwhile, two years from the group's inception, Denise and Yvonne get the opportunity to audition for the Apollo Theatre Amateur Night. They recruit Em back into the group for the audition, though Em tells them she wants a "featured" credit on their performance of an original song, "Hold On to Me, Babe". A record producer sees potential in the group, but outlines a rigorous work schedule, described as "pop boot camp," before he's ready to sign them to a contract. He states that great music is "ten percent inspiration and ninety percent perspiration," a sentiment earlier expressed to Denise by her mother. The group members are disillusioned with this prospect, Denise in particular.

While test-driving Em's motorcycle, Yvonne swerves into a tree, breaking multiple limbs. This postpones their potential record deal for another year. Denise, who is losing interest in the pop lifestyle, decides to go to film school. She and George move to California. While at a party in Los Angeles, Denise sees Mary Wilson leaving the house and hears a rumor that Diana Ross is in the bathroom with several men, though nobody at the party actually sees Ross.

Denise tries to hitchhike home and is invited into the car of a strange man, who comments that she looks lonesome. Unsettled, Denise refuses the ride and walks home after briefly windowshopping at a music store. Looking around the downtown scene, she looks to the sky and witnesses again the illuminated clouds that so inspired her before. Smiling, Denise walks down the street and off camera. Her brother Evan enters the scene and addresses the camera directly, commenting that he is writing an essay about America's two biggest innovations: nuclear weapons and Motown. He speculates as to which one will win in the end, then dances to a song by The Supremes, You Keep Me Hangin' On), in the middle of the street.


Soundtrack listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "There Was a Time"   James Brown 3:36
2. "Tell Me"   The Rolling Stones 3:49
3. "Ride On Baby"   The Twylight Zones 2:52
4. "Bo Diddley"   Bo Diddley 2:46
5. "Bo Diddley"   The Twylight Zones 2:48
6. "Subterranean Homesick Blues"   The Twylight Zones 3:56
7. "Parachute Woman"   The Rolling Stones 2:20
8. "Go Now"   The Moody Blues 3:13
9. "Time Is On My Side"   The Twylight Zones 3:24
10. "Dust My Broom"   Elmore James 2:57
11. "I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart"   The Rascals 2:43
12. "Good Morning Blues"   Lead Belly 2:56
13. "Train Kept A Rollin'"   Johnny Burnette & The Rock N' Roll Trio 2:16
14. "Train Kept A Rollin'"   The Twylight Zones 2:15
15. "Pretty Ballerina"   The Left Banke 2:38
16. "Down So Low"   Mother Earth 3:52
17. "Itchycoo Park"   Small Faces 2:49
18. "Me and the Devil Blues"   Robert Johnson 2:33
19. "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre"   The Twylight Zones 3:49
20. "T.B. Sheets"   Van Morrison 9:47
21. "Some Velvet Morning"   Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood 3:43
22. "Bali Ha'i"   Original Motion Picture Cast Of South Pacific 3:41
23. "Road Runner"   The Modern Lovers 3:43
24. "Pipeline"   The Twylight Zones 2:37
25. "She Belongs to Me"   Bob Dylan 2:49
26. "Surgical Supply Jingle"   Margaret Dorn 0:40



  1. ^ a b "Not Fade Away". 
  2. ^ "Not Fade Away Trailer, News, Videos, and Reviews". 2012-12-21. Retrieved 2013-06-20. 
  3. ^ Official website

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