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The Guitar -- After losing her job, her boyfriend and being diagnosed with terminal cancer, a woman turns to her life-long dream of playing guitar


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The life of a woman is transformed after she is diagnosed with a terminal disease, fired from her job and abandoned by her boyfriend. Given two months to live, she throws caution to the wind to pursue her dreams. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Saffron Burrows ... Melody Wilder

Isaach De Bankolé ... Roscoe Wasz

Paz de la Huerta ... Constance 'Cookie' Clemente
Mia Kucan ... Young Mel

Adam Trese ... Mr. Laffs

Janeane Garofalo ... Dr. Murray
Owen McCarthy ... Himself - Everyothers' Singer
Joel Cannon ... Himself - Everyothers' Guitar Player (as Joel B. Cannon)
Ben Toro ... Himself - Everyothers' Bass Player
John Melville ... Himself - Everyothers' Drummer

Reg Rogers ... Brett

David Wain ... Phone Man

Elizabeth Marvel ... Ma Wilder

Bill Camp ... Pa Wilder

Richard Short ... Loser Musician

Lawrence Ballard ... Another Doctor

Ashlie Atkinson ... Receptionist
Larry Block ... Mr. Faddis

Lori Tan Chinn ... Mrs. Tzu
Amitesh Manchanda ... Punjabi Cab Driver

William Leroy ... Billy
Virginia Wing ... Ms. Li
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Chris Bauer ... Chief of Surgery (uncredited)

Mark A. Keeton ... Guitar Salesman (uncredited)

Sonia Manzano ... Lady (uncredited)
Scott Stevens ... Musician (uncredited)

Directed by
Amy Redford 
Writing credits
Amos Poe (written by)

Produced by
Michael J. Brody .... associate producer
Heyward Collins .... producer
Ged Dickersin .... co-producer
Andy Emilio .... executive producer
Rose Ganguzza .... executive producer
Bob Jason .... producer
Robert Kravitz .... executive producer
Robert Lewis .... executive producer
Damon Martin .... executive producer
Amos Poe .... producer
Philippe Rebboah .... associate producer
Amy Redford .... producer
Michael Roban .... executive producer
Brad Zions .... producer
Original Music by
David Mansfield 
Cinematography by
Bobby Bukowski 
Film Editing by
David Leonard 
Casting by
Avy Kaufman 
Production Design by
Marla Weinhoff 
Set Decoration by
Kelley Burney 
Costume Design by
Eric Daman 
Makeup Department
Paulette Elkind .... additional makeup artist
Sharon Ilson .... key makeup artist
Pamela May .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Inna Braude .... production supervisor
Louise Lovegrove .... unit production manager
Maureen Norton .... post-production supervisor
Alexis Wiscomb .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Inna Braude .... second second assistant director
Scott Larkin .... second assistant director
Michael A. Moffa .... first assistant director
Art Department
Russell Barnes .... art department coordinator
Junior Cyrus Baron .... set dresser
Lou Charles .... leadman
Heather Corbett .... on-set dresser
Daniel Fisher .... property master
Alexander Hammer .... concept artist
Richard Hebrank .... construction coordinator
Danielle Heming .... art department intern
Melissa Jackson .... scenic
Chris Massi .... art intern
Melissa B. Miller-Costanzo .... set dresser
Zac Nicholson .... art production assistant
Rebecca Perrenod .... scenic charge artist: stand-by
Jeffrey Rollins .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Tara Blume .... foley artist
Vincent Camuto .... boom operator (as Vinnie Camuto)
Paul Timothy Carden .... sound effects editor
John Fairlamb .... foley mixer
Mark Garcia .... adr recordist
Chat Gunter .... sound mixer
Yagmur Kaplan .... sound re-recording mixer
Sylvain Loiseau .... post-production audio manager
Jan McLaughlin .... sound mixer
Sarah Payan .... sound effects editor (as Sarah Rudolph Payan)
Phillip Perpich .... adr mixer
David Raphael .... sound utility
Sergio Reyes .... sound re-recording mixer
William Schneiberg .... boom operator (as Bill Schneiberg)
Christopher Sheldon .... supervising sound editor
Trevor Ward .... consultant: Dolby
Camera and Electrical Department
Darren Arnaud .... grip
Jessica Bennett .... dolly grip
Michael J. Burke .... first assistant camera (as Mike J. Burke)
Jerry Butler .... grip
Bob Calandro .... grip
Sung Rae Cho .... assistant camera
John Coots .... electrician
Divine Cox .... key grip
Jaime D'Aquino .... film loader (as Jaime Segschneider)
Sergei Franklin .... Steadicam operator
Jamison Grella .... generator operator
Lauren Haber .... camera loader
Gary Jackiewicz .... dolly grip
Mike Jackson .... electrician
Keith McNicholas .... electrician
Antonio Ponti .... b camera focus puller
Kenneth Potter .... electrician
Nicole Rivelli .... still photographer
Jonathan Stern .... best boy electric
Brandon Taylor .... grip
Jason Velez .... gaffer
Michael Vetter .... electrician (as Mike Vetter)
JoJo Whilden .... still photographer
Dana Wisher .... best boy grip
Casting Department
Karen E. Etcoff .... extras casting
Bill Tripician .... extras casting associate
Leeba Zakharov .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jessica Chaney .... key on-set costumer
Rebecca Edmonston .... on-set costumer
Tonya Huskey .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Natasha Mehler .... assistant editor
Mike Nuget .... on-line editor
Adriaan van Zyl .... assistant editor
John W. Wayland .... assistant editor
Location Management
Michele Baker .... location manager
Adam S. Poswolsky .... location scout
Vanessa Rieth .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Yagmur Kaplan .... music editor
Tracy McKnight .... music supervisor
Alap Momin .... composer: Closing Credits
Alysia Oakley .... music coordinator
Scott Stevens .... musician
Colby Trane .... music coordinator (as T. Colby Trane)
Other crew
Rebecca Bernard .... production assistant
Anna Bosco .... key accountant
Sarah Carleton .... assistant to executive producer
Deliana Daskalova .... production intern
Phoebe Jean Dunne .... assistant to director
Thalia Harithas .... production secretary
Gillian Wallace Horvat .... writers assistant (as Gillian Horvat)
Joshua Huffman .... production coordinator
Benjamin Jenkins .... office production assistant
Steven Lafferty .... key set production assistant
David Laurentin .... parking coordinator
Richard T. Lynch .... production assistant
Stephanie A. Marquardt .... script supervisor
Alexander Murphy .... production counsel
Vivian Tong .... office production assistant
Danielle Wilson .... craft service
William Bisgrove .... assistant: Mr. Poe (uncredited)
Melvie Arstanian .... in memory of
Noel Ashman .... special thanks
Declan Baldwin .... special thanks
Carter Cohn .... special thanks
Peter Golub .... special thanks
Avy Kaufman .... special thanks
Anna Jane LoBianco .... in memory of
Gail Marowitz .... special thanks
Elizabeth Murray .... in memory of
James Redford .... dedicatee
James Redford .... special thanks
Patti Smith .... special thanks
Arleen Sorkin .... special thanks
Lola Van Wagenen .... special thanks
David Wain .... special thanks
Scott Zimmerman .... special thanks

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Rated R for sexual content, nudity and some language
95 min
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This film was shot in 21 days.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Isaach De Bankolé plays a character named "Roscoe", and according to the movie he is named after a small town in upstate New York. This implies that he's a NY native, though he speaks with a reasonably-thick African accent (the actor is from the Ivory Coast).See more »
Melody Wilder:I just bought a guitar.
Roscoe Wasz:Great.
Melody Wilder:And then I have to get, you know, amps and stuff for the guitar. What?
Roscoe Wasz:You're spending money like there's no tomorrow.
Melody Wilder:There is no tomorrow. All my tomorrows are yesterday. Anyway, I'm charging it.
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
An interesting take on the subject, 22 June 2010
Author: Doug384 from San Diego

For fans of Saffron Burrows, it will be an enjoyable 90-minutes of your time. She does the best with what little material she has to work with and turns in a gutsy, raw performance. The first half-hour is especially strong as the camera focuses almost exclusively on Burrows as her character copes with the diagnosis of a terminal illness, losing her job and being dumped by her boyfriend… all on the same day.

This is a very small budget production and it shows. The 21-day shoot makes for a slightly rushed and rough finished product. The directing by Amy Redford is on par, or slightly better, for an indie film. The sound and lighting were all acceptable as the majority of the film takes place in a huge penthouse loft with ample sunlight during the day and candle light being effectively used in the evening. There isn't much in the way of a supporting cast as this is primarily a showcase for Burrows displaying how one person might cope given this horrible scenario.

Some people will openly criticize how the Melody Wilder character initially deals with her dire situation, but I had no problem with it. I rather enjoyed it, actually. If you like Burrows or the premise as stated in the plot summary, I recommend seeing this film.

However, I personally prefer "Henry Poole Is Here," also released in 2008, by the talented director Mark Pellington (Arlington Road, The Mothman Prophecies). It has a larger budget which is used wisely by casting some well known as well as virtually unknown actors, and possesses quality direction and superior production aspects. The camera work is especially good.

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