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Marty Flynn
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Jack Larmon
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Aaron Wohl
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Arthur Winslow
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Vincent Amatri
Susan Egbert ...
Laura Macrae
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Janet Larmon
Virginia Downing ...
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6 amateur musicians accept an offer to play a 2-week gig in the Catskills. When the bass player suddenly falls ill, they recruit a genuine pro to fill in. As they embark on the opportunity of a lifetime, dreams and reality begin to collide. Written by Adkturn

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During the fishing scene on the lake, Arthur, Marty and Marshall converse about life, marriage, duty and hopes. When Arthur asks Marshall if he has any future gigs lined up, Marshall says he'll be touring Europe in the fall with Warren Vache. The philandering horn player Gil is played by Vache. See more »

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During the drive to the gig, Marshall Wilson regales the others with his past musical accomplishments. He mentions he played with, among others, jazz legend Charlie Parker. Parker died in 1955, so assuming this film is taking place in the 80's, that means the very youthful looking Wilson would had to have been a very precocious musician 30-plus years prior to have played with Parker. See more »

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Aaron Wohl: Damn right I'm mad. I love music more than life and was given a second-rate talent, while he is handed a one in a million gift - a one in a million gift! - which he shits on!
Gil Macrae: Can I help it if I don't wanna play? Can I help it?
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Great Little Movie
22 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

"The Gig" is a tight, funny and poignant little movie about a group of friends that have gathered together on a regular basis to play Dixieland for fun. The group unexpectedly lands a real paying job, in musician's parlance; a "gig".

They travel to upstate NY for a two week gig at a summer resort minus one member, who bows out due to contracting cancer. At the last minute, they hire a professional to take his place. Things get sticky as an over-the-hill Frankie Valli type attempts a comeback at the resort and tries to utilize the group as his band.

The attitude the professional bass player gave the guys rang true. By signing up to play the two-week gig, they were taking bread out of the mouths of someone who needed the job to feed his or her family. While Pop, Rock, Rap, Country and Western, and R&B stars make money off of albums. Jazz musicians have to travel abroad to make a living. Almost nobody gets rich. The guys living their dream also cost others a needed income.

I believe that almost everyone who can play a musical instrument with some proficiency dreams about playing a paying "gig" one time or another, Woody Allen and Kevin Bacon are two popular examples of this amateur-to-professional crossover. I especially recommend this movie to anyone who has ever played music professionally. My mom, who was a musician, LOVED it.


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