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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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Director:
Writer (WGA):
Amos Poe (written by)
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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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3 nominations See more »
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Subtle and tender See more (23 total) »

Cast

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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
(WGA)
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 .... 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 F. Burke .... first assistant camera (as Michael Burke)
Jerry Butler .... grip
Bob Calandro .... grip
Sung Rae Cho .... assistant camera
John Coots .... electrician
Divine Cox .... key grip
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
Jaime Segschneider .... film loader
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
Mike Nuget .... on-line editor
Adriaan van Zyl .... assistant editor
John W. Wayland .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Yagmur Kaplan .... music editor
Tracy McKnight .... music supervisor
Alysia Oakley .... music coordinator
Scott Stevens .... musician
Colby Trane .... music coordinator (as T. Colby Trane)
 
Other crew
Michele Baker .... location manager
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 Horvat .... writers assistant
Joshua Huffman .... production coordinator
Benjamin Jenkins .... office production assistant
Steven Lafferty .... key set production assistant
David Laurentin .... parking coordinator
Benjamin Logan .... background production assistant (as Ben Logan)
Benjamin Logan .... production assistant
Richard T. Lynch .... production assistant
Stephanie A. Marquardt .... script supervisor
Alexander Murphy .... production counsel
Adam S. Poswolsky .... location scout
Vanessa Rieth .... assistant location manager
Vivian Tong .... office production assistant
Danielle Wilson .... craft service
William Bisgrove .... assistant: Mr. Poe (uncredited)
 
Thanks
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
Runtime:
95 min
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Trivia:
This film was shot in 21 days.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
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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Soundtrack:
John I'm Only DancingSee more »

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22 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Subtle and tender, 14 January 2009
Author: intelearts from the big screen

The Guitar starring the stunning Saffron Burrows in a low-fi take on changing gears. A parable of the drudgery of modern life, the cancer we discover she has in the first minutes, is almost an allegory for modern life: slow death at the office. She then becomes both a recluse and a free spirit - out of touch but via the power of the credit card very much in touch with who her superego would want her to be.

What we love in this was the pacing - rather than slow a better word would be tender - the Guitar uses film to draw us into the perspective of a dying woman through sound, sight, and feeling and for a directorial debut this is powerful stuff.

it has a simplicity in the film-making. This far outweighs any nudity - and it does have an eroticism to it which is well handled - but really does not make the viewer feel like a voyeur. I felt an initial disappointment at how the ending is set up but it is, on reflection, well-handled from that point on. There is a quality to the ending which colors how you see the whole film let's the plot devices slide by.

If I were to choose two words for this they would be subtle and tender - and from my point of view I can't think of no better praise for this particular type of drama than that.

An auspicious beginning for Robert Redford's daughter Amy in her directorial debut.

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