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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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A very funny yet touching portrait
5 May 2004 | by (LA) – See all my reviews

Richard is one of those characters that you will find in every city in the world. He appears to be a crazy vagrant who makes his living playing music on the street. As the movie progresses you get to know Richard and you see that there is much more to him than you thought. I laughed and cried - every emotion is touched.

This movie showcases an apparently disabled individual in such a way that I have never seen before. With respect and honesty.

Big City Dick is a wild ride that never stops. Each moment more engrossing that the previous. I highly recommend this title for anyone who loves quirky, unique individuals. Very fresh!


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