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High Fidelity (2000)

Rob, a record store owner and compulsive list maker, recounts his top five breakups, including the one in progress.

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Thirty-something Rob Gordon, a former club DJ, owns a not so lucrative used record store in Chicago. He not so much employs Barry and Dick, but rather keeps them around as they showed up at the store one day and never left. All three are vinyl and music snobs, but in different ways. Rob has a penchant for compiling top five lists. The latest of these lists is his top five break-ups, it spurred by the fact that his latest girlfriend, Laura, a lawyer, has just broken up with him. He believed that Laura would be the one who would last, partly as an expectation of where he would be at this stage in his life. Rob admits that there have been a few incidents in their relationship which in and of themselves could be grounds for her to want to break up. To his satisfaction, Laura is not on this top five list. Rob feels a need not only to review the five relationships, which go back as far as middle school when he was twelve, and try to come to terms with why the woman, or girl as the case may ...

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Let's get it on. Maybe tonight. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

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Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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31 March 2000 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,429,107, 2 April 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$27,277,055, 10 September 2000
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The actress who played the part of reporter Caroline Fortis, Natasha Gregson Wagner is the daughter of film star Natalie Wood and writer/producer Richard Gregson, as well as the stepdaughter of Wood's most famous husband, Robert Wagner. During the making of this project, Natasha met screenwriter/co-producer D.V. DeVincentis who had grown up in Evanston, Illinois, along with John Cusack, and the couple became an item. They went on to marry in 2003 but were divorced by early 2008. See more »

Goofs

When Charlie phones up Rob she has a big ring on her wedding finger (left hand), but when she is on the stairs, the ring has moved to the equivalent finger on her right hand. See more »

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[first lines]
Rob: What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?
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Crazy Credits

The opening of the film begins with the sound of the mechanism (which releases the belt that drives the turntable) initiated by the tone arm of a record player swinging over, followed by the needle making purchase in the opening groove of a vinyl record. See more »

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Soundtracks

Leave Home
Written by Tom Rowlands (as Thomas Rowlands), Ed Simons (as Edmund Simons),
and Blake Baxter
Performed by The Chemical Brothers
Courtesy of Astralwerks Records
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Top 5 Movies About Love and Music
18 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

One of my favorite movies, based on one of my favorite books. "High Fidelity" is perfect if you already had a broken heart, and if you tried to heal it with some pop songs.

John Cusack is not acting - he REALLY IS Rob Fleming (Rob Gordon in the movie). If there are doubts about it, I just say that he made the soundtrack compilation and collaborated with the screenplay.

The supporting cast is also perfect. Jack Black and Todd Louiso couldn't be better. Tim Robbins, as the world-music-fan, is a nice surprise, and Joan Cusack is always funny.

It looks like everyone had a lot of fun making this movie, and the result is a nice and funny and full of emotions motion picture, to see again and again and again to remember how music and love can help each other.


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