Canadian International Pictures

Nobody Waved Goodbye

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This listing is for the standard edition Blu-ray. The limited edition slipcover was limited to 1,000 units and is sold out. The two versions are identical, aside from the slipcover.

From arthouse to Canuxploitation, Canadian International Pictures (CIP) is devoted to resurrecting vital, distinctive, and overlooked triumphs of Canadian cinema. This label is focused on the country’s original cinematic boom years – spanning the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s – occasionally venturing past that period (and the country’s borders) to highlight the films of Canada’s most inspired actors and filmmakers. Vinegar Syndrome’s sister company, OCN Distribution, is thrilled to be representing CIP's brand new line of home video releases!

A startling film that shows what teenagers feel... but never tell!

Teenager Peter Mark (Peter Kastner) has it all: supportive parents (Charmion King, Claude Rae), a loving girlfriend (Julie Biggs), and a comfortable middle-class existence. But on the brink of finishing high school, he feels emboldened by his impending freedom, and decides to pursue a rebellious new path. After his parents make their disapproval known, Peter decides to move out on his own, confident he’ll conquer the working world with his insight and sophistication. When the reality turns out to be far less glamorous, he settles for a shady new job – that continues his criminal evolution.

Often ranked among the most important Canadian films of all time, Nobody Waved Good-bye is the feature directorial debut of Don Owen (The Ernie Game), who tapped into his documentary roots to deliver a gritty, low budget answer to Rebel Without a Cause. In addition to three of Owen’s early shorts, this disc includes Christopher’s Movie Matinee – an inventive documentary that shows where Toronto teen rebellion landed just a few years later – and Lonely Boy, the landmark Paul Anka short that preceded theatrical screenings of Nobody Waved Good-bye.

directed by: Don Owen
starring: Peter Kastner, Julie Biggs, Charmion King, Claude Rae, Ivor Barry, Lynne Gorman, Sean Sullivan, John Vernon
1964 / 80 min / 1.33:1 / English DTS-HD MA 1.0

Additional info:

  • Region Free Blu-ray
  • Scanned and restored in 2K from the 16mm interpositive
  • Bonus film: Christopher’s Movie Matinee (1968, 88 min.)
  • Three short films directed by Don Owen: Runner (1962, 11 min.), Toronto Jazz (1963, 27 min.), and You Don’t Back Down (1965, 28 min.)
  • Bonus short: Lonely Boy (1962, 27 min.)
  • Booklet featuring a new interview with Don Owen biographer Steve Gravestock
  • Reversible cover artwork
  • English SDH subtitles for all six films