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No Way Home (1996)

by  |  October 7th, 2011  |  Drama

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283″ height=”400″ />You know the old sayings, ‘Home Is Where The Heart Is’ and, ‘Some Times You Can’t Go Home.’ For myself I have always found that these phrases are rather fascinating ones when they relate to movies. A great example is the movie, Class Of 1999 (1990)…

You see in Class of 1999, Cody Culp (Played by Bradley Gregg, used to be a Lieutenant in one of the youth gangs in the free fire zone (A place in any local city where the Police no longer have jurisdiction to arrest people in.) Now Culp was a Lieutenant in one of these local gangs till he was caught by the Police one day and sent to Prison!

Now cut to a few years later, and Cody is being released from Prison as part of a program that is being initiated by the Department Of Educational Defense… Culp’s plan is to straighten up and fly right and really make something of his life… The only problem is that his friends and family are all either junkies or gang bangers… This is a great example of both truisms, that ‘some times you can’t go home,’ and that in this case Cody’s heart was no longer in where his old home used to be!

That is the problem that Tim Roth seemed to have in No Way Home (1996):

Written and Directed by: Buddy Giovinazzo (The Unscarred). Starring: Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs), James Russo (Small Time), and Deborah Kara Unger (Keys To Tulsa).

Six years ago Joey (Roth) and Tommy (Russo) Larabito were two small time crooks who were boosting TV’s from an electronics shop one night… During this time the guy who owned the electronics shop surprises Joey and Tommy and Tommy ends up beating the owner over the head, killing him!

Well cut to six years later and Joey is getting out prison for the murder of the owner, due to the fact that Joey ended up taking the fall for what Tommy did… Now Joey has come home with the intention of starting fresh and trying to go straight. Their is only one problem, you see…

From left Tommy Larabito (Russo) with his brother Joey (Roth)

Tommy, although married is still the hot headed criminal that he was when Joey went in. Only this time Tommy is now a failing drug dealer!

Now at the beginning of the movie, Joey doesn’t know any of this, he is just heading back to the only family or friends he has left in the world. Of course with in the first night of Joey being back in town, Tommy immediately heads out to pick up his latest shipment of Weed to sell!

Now with the knowledge that his brother is still a crook, it will be up to Joey to re-orient himself back in to society as a lawful citizen and to try and find out if he really can go home again, and rather or not, ‘home really is where the heart is’!

Joey with his sister in-law 'Lorraine' (Unger)

With that said, what I like about this movie and what I have found that does truly make this an awesome B movie is a couple of things:

1. Back in the 1990s I first found out about Tim Roth and the tough guy roles that he used to play back then, and I thought that he was great in them, and this movie is just another great example of this!

2. I also liked the story in this movie and how it demonstrates the ties that bind between family, but how family some times can be weaker in the face of doing the right thing against a family member who isn’t!

With that said folks, if your looking for a fun, gripping drama to really sink your teeth in to, then I highly recommend this one, it is a fun one!

Nathan Strack


Nathan Strack is a Writer/Director/Filmmaker & Owner/Founder of: Hell In Space, Strack Web Design Service & Strack Store.

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