Nobody Waved Good-bye

Director: Don Owen Year: 1964 Run Time: 80min
Nobody Waved Good-bye (Départ sans adieux) (1964)

Shot in just three weeks in Toronto, Don Owen’s film — which was originally intended to be a short documentary — quickly evolved into a fictional coming-of-age story that has enraptured audiences for decades with its honesty and emotional integrity.

Peter (Kastner) is an 18-year-old growing up in 1960s suburban Toronto who is totally fed up with his parents’ middle-class lifestyle. He’s on the verge of finishing high school but the thought of a conventional life climbing the corporate ladder is unbearable.

Peter yearns to strike out on his own with his girlfriend Julie, but a life of petty crime and poor decisions looms. Told in stark black and white, this tale of teenage rebellion is timeless and relatable.

One of the National Film Board’s first narrative features, Nobody Waved Good-bye is a cinematic treasure and a true Canadian classic.


Don Owen


Don Owen


Tom Daly, Roman Kroitor, Don Owen


Peter Kastner, Julie Biggs, Claude Rae, Charmion King






Nobody Waved Good-bye is filmed and set in Ontario. Don Owen is from Ontario.

Ratings by Province:

NR Alberta
NR British Columbia
PG Manitoba
14A New Brunswick
14A Newfoundland and Labrador
14A Nova Scotia
NR Northwest Territories
NR Nunavut
PG Ontario
14A Prince Edward Island
G Québec
NR Saskatchewan
NR Yukon