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Big City Dick: Richard Peterson's First Movie (2004)

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This is a captivating journey into the world of a savant street musician and his lifelong struggle to become a successful recording artist, and to be loved. He is a street trumpeter and ... See full summary »

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This is a captivating journey into the world of a savant street musician and his lifelong struggle to become a successful recording artist, and to be loved. He is a street trumpeter and part-time guest on a local rock radio station. Richard Peterson fills his world with obsessions, like "Sea Hunt" (and the "Son of Sea Hunt," Jeff Bridges), the "The Golden Age of Television" production music (which inspires four albums/CDs produced with help from the Seattle music scene), stalking local TV celebrities, and a fanatical interest in Johnny Mathis. The unique relationship between Richard and Mathis is the catalyst for one of Richard's most remarkable compositions, "Love on the Golf Course". Between street gigs and a stint as a piano player in a grunge club, mega-band " The Stone Temple Pilots" discovers Richard's music. Richard's moment in the spotlight is short-lived when he is confronted by the human cost of obsessions, revealing the dark family secret he has lived with his entire life. Written by Press Release

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Touching documentary re. autism and individuation
22 November 2006 | by (Vancouver, BC) – See all my reviews

This movie was complex, in that the subject is autistic, and in many ways wants his story told. The subjects that were touched upon and not delved into too deeply (father, abuse) were obviously not cut deeply due to the fragile nature of autism. There was enough story there to know what happened to Richard as a boy, details not needed, and would have been harmful to Richard to probe and announce that which is obviously still painful for him. I thought the film-makers did a good job of covering Richard's life, history, his obsessions with certain famous people/music, and the struggles of his daily life (diabetes, self-care, finances). The movie was touching, beautiful, and showed the complexities of this special man. Clearly, I disagree with the person who thought this was too long, and not enough depth into the story.


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