84 minutes – Comedy, Drama
Release date: October 21, 2011
DVD release date: July 10, 2012
Canadian Distributor: Alliance Films
Also see Road Movies: A Two Lane Highway.
Trailer and poster courtesy of Alliance Films.
Based on the same characters in his 1970 film, Goin’ Down the Road, Don Shebib finally returns to the story of Pete and Joey after waiting 40 years. In the intervening years, the actor who played Joey, Paul Bradley, died, but his legacy lives on in Down the Road Again. As the film opens we learn that Joey has died and that Pete McGraw is retiring from his days as a Vancouver postman. With the news of his wayward life-long buddy Joey’s demise, Pete finds himself the custodian of a series of letters, an envelope full of money and a plea from his late pal to take his ashes back to Cape Breton, and to stop in Toronto to see Betty, whom he left behind. The plot, such as it is, revolves around a piece of history. Something that Joey did to Pete before they left Nova Scotia for Toronto all those years ago. Now, from beyond the grave Joey hopes to make amends and reunite Pete with another character that he had left behind. Writer-Director Shebib was quoted as saying, “This is not a sequel so much as a prologue. It’s what happened in the past that is now brought to light.”