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The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico -- The strange and debatably short life of Guy Terrifico takes us from the wilds of Canada to the wild times of Nashville and London. Fondly remembered by his contemporaries like Kris Kristofferson, Ronnie Hawkins, Levon Helm and Merle Haggard.


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  (in credits order)

Kris Kristofferson ... Himself
Matt Murphy ... Guy Terrifico
Colin Linden ... Himself
Stephen Bruton ... Himself
Phil Kaufman ... Himself

George Stroumboulopoulos ... Himself

Ronnie Hawkins ... Himself

Natalie Radford ... Mary Lou Griffiths
Jane Sowerby ... Loni Lipvanchuck

Merle Haggard ... Himself
Freddie Powers ... Himself (as Freddy Powers)
Rob Bowman ... Himself

Stacy Grant ... Anchor Woman

Jordan Prentice ... Reggie Moshanski

Drew Zeran ... Media Scrum Reporter

Jim Cuddy ... Himself
Greg Keelor ... Himself
Jake Lamanna ... Guy At 10

Len Doncheff ... Stanley Jablowski
Joan Heney ... Vera Jablowski
Ryan Lamanna ... Guy At 14
John Anderson ... Blues Musician
Frederick Roy ... Blues Musician
Ely Weisfeld ... Guy's Keyboard Player
Ian McGettigan ... Guy's Bass Player
Dale Murray ... Guy's Pedal Steel Guitar Player
Greg Tymoshenko ... Guy's Lead Guitarist (as Greg Tomeske)
David Marsh ... Guy's Drummer
Jeff Burdette ... Young Phil Kaufman
Donnie Fritts ... Himself

Beatriz Yuste ... Maid

Tim Post ... Father Horton

Barbara Radecki ... Mother Horton

Jason Spevack ... Farley Horton
Adrian Morningstar ... Jordan Horton
Laurne Langille ... Horton Daughter
Emma Hoerner ... Young Horton Daughter
Michael Rhoades ... Wheeler Rowley

Billy MacLellan ... Wayne Lipvanchuk
Mitchell Nye ... Dean Lipvanchuk (as Mitchel Nye)
Marguerite Pigott ... Documentarian

Levon Helm ... Himself

Lyriq Bent ... Mr. Stuff

Randy Butcher ... Drunk Cowboy

Andrew Butcher ... Clobbered Fan
Dan Dunn ... Dirty Hippy

Thomas Michael ... Gary

Andy Marshall ... Rastafarian Priest
Jeff McDonald ... Large Shirtless Man

Fiona Highet ... Voice of Documentarian (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

David Christo ... Guy Jr. (uncredited)

Dahla MacKenna ... Crazed Fan (uncredited)
Michael Stevens ... Concert Rocker (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Mabbott 
Writing credits
Michael Mabbott (written by)

Produced by
Bryan Gliserman .... executive producer
Nicholas Tabarrok .... producer (as Nicholas D. Tabarrok)
Palmer West .... executive producer
Original Music by
Michael Mabbott 
Matt Murphy 
Cinematography by
Adam Swica (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Gareth C. Scales 
Casting by
Lisa Parasyn 
Production Design by
Rupert Lazarus 
Art Direction by
Jayne Couch 
Set Decoration by
Brendan Smith 
Costume Design by
Sharon McDonell 
Makeup Department
Sid Armour .... daily makeup (as Sid Amour)
Roy Aywaz .... daily hairdresser
Shirley Bond .... daily hairdresser
Eva Coudouloux .... daily makeup
Debi Drennan .... makeup artist: Natalie Radford
Quinn Matthews .... daily makeup (as Quinn Matthew)
Sandy Sokolowski .... key hairdresser
Catherine Viot .... dept. head makeup
Production Management
Michael Doherty .... post-production supervisor
James Mou .... production manager
John Nabereznyj .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Glen Adams .... third assistant director (as John G. Adams)
David Coulter .... first assistant director (as David 'Colt' Coulter)
Ray Elias .... assistant director
Yan Gurevich .... assistant director: photo shoot
Christa LeCraw .... trainee assistant director
Patrick Murphy .... second assistant director
Teodor Oprea .... first assistant director: Kris Kristofferson shoot
Mikey Pavia .... assistant director
Chris Stivala .... third assistant director: Kris Kristofferson shoot
Art Department
Amanda Clayton .... art department production assistant
Rae Crombie .... assistant property master
Andrew Daley .... assistant property master
Penny Gay .... property master
Kyle Larsen .... assistant set decorator
Chris Power .... artist: photo shop
Lee Walker .... daily props
Sound Department
Anne Chudy .... audio project coordinator
Alan deGraaf .... sound re-recording mixer
Louis DiFlorio .... foley assistant
Alfie DiPucchio .... adr recording assistant (as Alfie Di Pucchio)
John Dykstra .... adr recordist
John Dykstra .... foley recordist
Robert Fletcher .... sound mixer (as Rob Fletcher)
Michael Gabriel .... adr recordist
John Gare .... sound re-recording mixer
Matthew Hussey .... assistant sound editor
Janice Ierulli .... adr editor
Janice Ierulli .... dialogue editor
Sid Lieberman .... foley artist
Jim McBride .... adr recordist
Paul McGlashan .... boom operator
Paul Sacco .... sound consultant: Dolby
Mark Shnuriwsky .... sound effects editor
Iain Stewart .... boom operator: Kris Kristofferson shoot
Paul Talbott .... adr recording assistant
Special Effects by
Jonathan Ahee .... special effects
Mark Ahee .... key special effects
Michael Gagnon .... special effects
John LaForet .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Mike 'Fuzzy' Ellis .... vice president: digital film (as Mike Ellis)
Doug Kilgore .... project coordinator: video
Chad Malbon .... digital film producer
Eric Myles .... digital film supervisor
Andrew Pascoe .... digital film technician
Brian Reid .... visual effects supervisor
Craig David Wallace .... artist: after effects
Randy Butcher .... stunt coordinator
Blair Johannes .... stunt coordinator
Bryan Thomas .... stunt double
Bryan Thomas .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Glen Beauchamp .... second assistant camera: Kris Kristofferson shoot
Steve Boldovitch .... electrician (as Steven Boldovitch)
David Bradshaw .... best boy grip
Pierre Branconnier .... second assistant camera
Andrew Brisbane .... daily grip
Alex Dacev .... electrician
Joe DaSilva .... first assistant camera: Kris Kristofferson shoot (as Joe Da Silva)
Matthew Davidson .... daily grip (as Matt Davidson)
Matthew Davidson .... rigging electrician (as Matt Davidson)
David Gibbons .... gaffer: Kris Kristofferson shoot
James Grant .... best boy grip: Kris Kristofferson shoot
Patrick Hales .... key grip: Kris Kristofferson shoot (as Patrick Hayles)
John Holman .... daily grip
Ben Mark Holzberg .... still photographer
Melinda Hughes .... camera trainee
Sean Jordan .... daily electrician
Daniel Magnus .... key grip (as Dan Magnus)
Gord Mills .... gaffer
David Nardi .... first assistant camera (as David S. Nardi)
Mike Nixon .... daily grip
Ken Simpson .... best boy electric
Danny Sturman .... grip
Liezle Swanepoel .... daily electrician
David Watts .... best boy electric: Kris Kristofferson shoot
Ken Woroner .... still photographer
Casting Department
Amber Kesteven .... casting assistant
Eleanor Lavender .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Stacy Laliberte .... head wardrobe
Laurin Mathisen .... daily wardrobe (as Lauren Mathison)
Gregg Millman .... wardrobe intern
Adrienne Trent .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Steve Bedernjak .... assistant editor
Scott Bergwerff .... tape-to-tape assistant
Louis Casado .... film timer
Michael Doherty .... additional editor
Patrick Duchesne .... colorist: dailies (as Pat Duchene)
Kenn Elliott .... colorist: tape-to-tape
Jim Fleming .... colorist: tape-to-tape
Pietro Gallo .... film conformist
Graham Hoselton .... assistant colorist
Brian Rowe .... dailies downconvert (as Brian P. Rowe)
Music Department
Robert Carli .... music editor
Charlie Finlay .... assistant music editor
Michael Mabbott .... lyrical composer: songs
Matt Murphy .... lyrical composer: songs
Ron Proulx .... music supervisor
Chris Robinson .... music supervisor
John Rowley .... music consultant
Transportation Department
Naeda Keeler .... driver
Joseph Ramdath .... driver
Mark Scanlon .... transportation coordinator
Xavier Villada .... driver
Bill Wilson .... transportation captain
Other crew
Jared Aldridge .... production assistant: Darius Films
Dean Armstrong .... acting coach: Matt Murphy
Chad Barclay .... assistant location manager
Lawrence Barry .... utility stand-in: male
Jack Blum .... adr loop group
Anuta Bondarenko .... script supervisor
Christina Buchli .... legal
Adam Cassidy .... location production assistant
Lan Djang .... script supervisor: Kris Kristofferson shoot
Peter Edmonds .... gun wrangler
Mark Ellis .... adr loop group
Sandi Ettinger .... craft service (as Sandy Ettinger)
Ingrid Fielden .... location manager
Earl Fligg .... security coordinator (as Earl J. Fligg)
Michael Gabriel .... adr loop group
Katya Gardner .... adr loop group
Stacy Grant .... coordinator: photo shoot
Kirstin Rae Hinton .... adr loop group (as Kirstin Hinton)
Emily Hurson .... adr loop group
Tanja Jacobs .... adr loop group
Jesse Johnston .... executive: Thousand Words
Gareth Jones .... production assistant
Susan R. Jones .... production coordinator: Kris Kristofferson shoot
Robert C. Kane .... publicist (as Robert Kane)
Rhona Kellman .... daily craft service
Amy Lennie .... rights clearance
Sam Malkin .... adr loop group
Dove O'Shea .... first assistant accountant
Rick Parker .... animal wrangler
Najeeb Rassie .... executive: Thousand Words
Amanda Ross .... production intern
Carrie Paupst Shaughnessy .... story editor
Gabriel Sirois .... utility stand-in: male
Jonah Smith .... executive: Thousand Words
David Steinberg .... legal
Jennifer Stivala-Beckwith .... post-production accountant (as Jennifer L. Stivala)
Jennifer Stivala-Beckwith .... production accountant (as Jennifer L. Stivala)
Jody Tansley .... set medic (as Jodi-Marie Tansley)
Brian White .... client services manager
Brian White .... sales manager
Wendy Williamson .... assistant production coordinator
Dawna Wright .... utility stand-in: female
Jimmy Ye .... auditor
Jimmy Ye .... filer: tax credits
Steven Zander .... production coordinator
Charles Austin .... special thanks (as Charles 'The Vibe Merchant' Austin)
Dan Berman .... special thanks
Karla Bobadilla .... special thanks (as Karla Bobadillia)
Rick Doyle .... special thanks
David Foget .... special thanks (as David Forget)
Shelley Gillen .... special thanks
Stacy Grant .... special thanks (as Stacey Grant)
Alan Grodin .... special thanks
Indira Guha .... special thanks
Erin Hagarty .... special thanks
Sisley Killam .... special thanks
Lisa Kristofferson .... special thanks
Graham Leader .... acknowledgment: "Heartworn Highways" clips produced by
Murray Lerner .... acknowledgment: film clip of Kris Kristofferson performing at The Isle of Wight Festival courtesy of
Stephanie Lewis .... special thanks
Les Mabbott .... special thanks
Linda Mabbott .... special thanks
Wendy MacKeigan .... special thanks
Anne MacKenzie .... special thanks (as Anne Mackenzie)
Louis Major .... special thanks
Michelle Marion .... special thanks
Sharon McDonell .... special thanks: for artwork donation
Amy Paquette .... special thanks
Rushad Pavri .... special thanks
Marguerite Pigott .... special thanks
Joel Plaskett .... special thanks
John Rowley .... special thanks
Guy Saddy .... special thanks
Andrew Scott .... special thanks
Yvonne R. Sewall .... acknowledgment: permission to include Max's Kansas City® trademark & logo used by permission of
Mark Slone .... special thanks
Jonathan Sobol .... special thanks
James Szalapski .... acknowledgment: "Heartworn Highways" clips directed and photographed by
Carolyn Tobarrok .... special thanks
Al West .... special thanks
Loralee West .... special thanks
Tony Wosk .... special thanks

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Rated R for language and drug content
86 min | Canada:86 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
Canada:14A (Canadian Home Video rating) | USA:R
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In a deleted scene on the DVD, in which David Christo plays Guy Jr. and Lynne Griffin plays Ophelia, we see what happened to Guy during his mysterious disappearance.See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Late Canadian country star was a legend in director's mind, 22 October 2009
Author: wonderdawg from Duncan, Canada

In the early 1970s Canadian country/rock legend Guy Terrifico was gunned down at a concert and vanished on his way to the hospital.

Recently some unreleased tapes have surfaced sparking a new recording project and prompting rumors he may still be alive.

Why would Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Colin Linden and other musical luminaries appear on an album of duets with a man who supposedly died 30 years ago?

"I loved Guy Terrifico," Kristofferson says with a craggy grin. "He was the only guy back in the early 70s who drank more than I did. He made me look like a choirboy."

Indeed the musicians interviewed for this "honky tonk-umentary" seem more interested in talking about Terrifico's excessive lifestyle than his music.

Linden recalls playing at the club Guy bought after winning the lottery.

"As soon as you'd get there for soundcheck he would start plying you with drinks and whatever else he had kicking around. By the time he'd get ready to play a lot of the bands would be too messed up to play. Normally this would be a bar owner's worst nightmare but for Terrifico it was like a dream come true. Guy just wanted to hang out with the bands, that's all."

Haggard recounts an incident at a post gig party when Terrifico got in his face once too often. ("He was an a----hole so I knocked him out.")

The film also includes reminiscences by Ronnie Hawkins, Levon Helm of The Band and Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor of Blue Rodeo.

So how come you have never heard of him? Simple. He's entirely the product of freshman filmmaker Michael Mabbott's feverish imagination.

A composite of Jerry Jeff Walker, Gordon Lightfoot and Gram Parsons, Terrifico is played with woozy verisimilitude by Halifax musician Matt Murphy.

Playing himself is Parsons' former road manager, Phil Kaufman.(Parsons' real life story was more bizarre than any fictional film.)

Simulated studio and concert footage add to the illusion. "Home movies" of late night jams at the Vancouver apartment Guy shares with wife Mary Lou (Natalie Radford) will strike a responsive chord with survivors of the era and those who are still "living the dream".

Admittedly this mock doc will be best appreciated by a niche audience. So if you're not familiar with Parsons' legacy, you don't have anything by Kris, Merle or The Band in your collection and you've never seen a boomer folk in concert you may not "get" it (or want it).

However, if you can check one of the above, the sly inside humor and musical references will have you chortling with delight like a senior at a rest home who has just realized its Saturday night and there is chocolate pudding for dessert.

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