Tim Roth, James Russo, Deborah Kara Unger
Join us after the screening at 10:45pm for a live Q&A with Writer and Director Buddy Giovinazzo
“Steeped in emotional and physical brutality, and offering no easy answers… An unflinching portrait of family ties at their most corrosive”
Steven Puchalski, SHOCK CINEMA
“Tim Roth at his subtle best”
Ken Eisner, VARIETY
Fans of hard-hitting genre cinema were eager to see what Buddy Giovinazzo could do with a budget after his blistering backyard debut COMBAT SHOCK emerged from the underground in the late ’80s. NO WAY HOME was still an indie, but it was a major step up the production ladder and boasted a trio of prime emerging acting talents of the era: Tim Roth, James Russo and Deborah Kara Unger, fresh off RESERVOIR DOGS, MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO and CRASH (yes, that one) respectively. Set again in the grimmest side streets of Staten Island, Roth plays Joey, who upon his release from a brutal stretch in prison, looks to his dodgy brother Tommy for a place to crash for a few days, despite the protestations of the latter's wife Lorraine. Joey's efforts to stick to the straight and narrow soon clash with Tommy's plans and, as anyone familiar with Buddy G's work knows, things are only going to get darker and more vicious with each bad decision made.
It's another devastating gut punch of a film which should have reached a far bigger audience of cinephiles with a tolerance for the confrontational than it did, but studio management changing hands saw the picture falling though distribution cracks, and it has remained tough to see for a couple of decades. Thanks to Buddy's persistence with the studio brass, we at Severin Films were able to get our hands on the negative, and do a new 4k scan and a filmmaker-supervised remaster, so for the first time since its criminally brief run in theaters, NO WAY HOME can be seen as intended, in all its ruthless glory. – David Gregory, Severin Films