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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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Credited cast:
Pat Cashman ...
Gary Crow ...
Dean DeLeo ...
Robin Erickson ...
John Keister ...
John Maynard ...
Scott McCaughey ...
Muriel Peterson ...
Richard Peterson ...
Mike Rhodes ...
Ken Schram ...
Ross Shafer ...


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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More Rain Man Than Rain Man
10 May 2004 | by (Sherman Oaks, CA) – See all my reviews

The better movies I have seen in my 63 years stay with you, reflecting off your personal experiences and rattling around in your head, taking you to new places of understanding about what it is to be a human being. This is what "BIG CITY DICK: Richard Peterson's First Movie" did for me, after seeing it at the Somerville Theater as part of the International Film Festival of Boston. I have heard Richard's dialogue, seen his pain and his joy, and hummed his inimitable music for days now in a wonderful stream of conciousness hangover from seeing the movie. Richard is still with me, making me laugh, and making me realize how easy life can be for some of us.

Far from traditional, staid, documentary form, the filmmakers were able to take a most challenging subject and reveal it to me in layers. "Capturing the Friedmans" came close, but I found this movie superior in every way, "Dick" is far more of an epic. Most of all, I was impressed with the time it took to produce, to paint a complete portrait of a most unusual man. And finally, the filmmakers managed to do it all without turning this Rain-Man like character into an object of derision, nor over-expressed sentimentality.

Three cheers for the three directors. They've got a winner, and best of luck getting distribution!

Sheldon Levine, (Retired Acquisitions Exec.)

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