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Helen Sawyer
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Dr. Biscow
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Mike Tappin
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Young Gabriel
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Bernie
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Florence
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Mark Ferris
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Weed
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Steve
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Dianne Daley
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College Representative (as Erica Berg)
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Celia
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Tale of a father who struggles to bond with his estranged son Gabriel, after Gabriel suffers from a brain tumor that prevents him from forming new memories. With Gabriel unable to shed the beliefs and interests that caused their physical and emotional distance, Henry must learn to embrace his son's choices and try to connect with him through music. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG for thematic elements, some mild drug references, language and smoking | See all certifications »

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27 October 2011 (South Korea)  »

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Mr. Tamburine Man  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$76,543 (USA) (18 March 2011)

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$258,077 (USA) (9 September 2011)
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Based on the essay "The Last Hippie" from Dr. Oliver Sacks's book, "An Anthropologist on Mars." See more »

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Bing Crosby recorded "Young at Heart" for Decca Records, not RCA Victor. See more »

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Henry Sawyer: They don't just play the notes on the page.
Gabriel Sawyer: No, they play what's in the air, you know?
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References The Partridge Family (1970) See more »

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Fix Me
Written by Frank Carillo & Frank Paul Spagnuolo
Performed by Frank Carillo with Doc Holiday
Published by Balmy Swami Music, Inc.
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By arrangement with WACBIZ
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Grateful Dead on a shoestring budget wonderful
28 January 2011 | by (Norridge, IL) – See all my reviews

It's 1987, and when a long-absent son turns up with a brain tumor that robs him of immediate memory, his father (JK Simmons) struggles to deal with the past through the eyes of a son who is frozen in memories.

OK, Dead fans know the title; if you're of a generation that listened to vinyl, here's your homage to the power of records and the 60s.

Small budget written all over this, that is all heart and talented talent that has talent. Did I mention talent? Having seen it at Sundance Chicago, the director explained that he'd been studying neurological science material and THAT is reflected in how uncommonly well the young actor, Gabe, nails his role as a person whose brain injury sometimes clicks on... and off. Director spoke about the editing down of the tale, and I think we'd really like to see it expanded back to a longer film; there's a few lessons here worthy of more screen time.

There's a jaw-dropping "how'd they do that?" in here worthy of cheers and worth the ticket price. Hope they "expand" that for the DVD!!!

This is a great little film without special effects but packed with the true mastery of a small story told very, emotionally, well. Familiar faces deliver for all they're worth and well-done filmmakers techniques bless MUSIC with obvious "extra efforts" that put all of the money up on the screen.


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