The Music Never Stopped (2011)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  27 October 2011 (South Korea)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Biscow
Mike Tappin
Young Gabriel
Ryan Karels ...
Mark Ferris
Jesse Roche ...
Dianne Daley
College Representative (as Erica Berg)


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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Release Date:

27 October 2011 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

Mr. Tamburine Man  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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


$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 »


When Gabriel and his Dad are playing the song "Uncle John's Band" from the Grateful Dead album Workingman's Dead, the needle on the record player is at the very end of the LP. The song is actually the first track on the album, so the needle should be near the outer edge of the LP. See more »


Helen Sawyer: Are we ready? I've got the medication.
Dianne Daley: I've got the bag.
Gabriel Sawyer: I've got the brain tumor.
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References The Partridge Family (1970) See more »


Till There Was You
Written by Meredith Willson
Performed by The Beatles
Published by MPL Music Publishing, Inc. on behalf of Frank Music Corporation & Meredith Willson Music
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Powerful, My Sleeper of the Year
24 August 2011 | by (Pennsylvania, USA) – See all my reviews

I was a child of the 60s, grew up in the 70s, made most of my life's mistakes in the 80s, but also learned an awful lot about life those three decades. That time period made me who I am today. I don't take much for granted. I played a LOT outside as a child, my mind was not desensitized by video games. My growing years were filled with music about the reason for war and the wrongs of war. Popular songs about love were poetic, meanings often hidden, and not in your face expletives.

Having said all that, this movie reached me deep inside. Music was always a part of my life... from day one. My father liked Glenn Miller and my mother loved Elvis. To this day I love that music too, as well as my own preferences with which I grew up. Despite my father never liking the Beatles, they are my favorite band of all time to this day. I think he objected to their hair. My father had a 30 year career in the U.S. Army. He served at the end of WWII, the Korean conflict and Vietnam. My love of the anti-war songs were not in rebellion to what he was doing, but instead reassured everyone that we found our American soldiers more valuable than whatever it was we were fighting for in Vietnam. Now my stepson is at the end of his tour of Afghanistan. I love him dearly, and support what he does and support our troops mission, but they need to come home now. What songs today speak of our missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Libyan conflict? It's just not the same.

In the 70s, besides never setting the Beatles aside, I loved CSN, CCR, Joni Mitchell and most of the artists who took part in Woodstock back in 1969, as well as all the great bands and singer/songwriters that followed. Songs of peace, love and understanding.

I became a DJ at age 16 and after disco unfortunately changed everything and college was over, I worked a couple of years as a roadie and eventually became a musician as well.

I put my guitar down around 1990 and didn't pick it up again in seriousness until 2007. That period includes probably the darkest period in my life. I will never set music aside again.

Should I, God forbid, suffer the plight of the main character in this movie, my wife knows what music to play.

I didn't feel the need to review this film as a critic, because my experience with this film was more emotional than intellectual. If you don't have instant recollection of a moment in your past whenever you hear a certain song, this movie is not for you. However, if you do have a solid connection between music and a memory, don't miss this film.

Julia Ormond was good in this film as the doctor that finds the connection. However, the real stars are the lesser known J.K. Simmons and Lou Taylor Pucci who did an incredible job of showing the differences in generations and how the tables can turn when your ears and your heart open up to something new or something you hated because of lack of understanding. I think in all of life's steps on the road through life, denial is the most destructive.

Don't view this movie technically, you'll miss the point. Open your heart and your soul, and you'll get it. Enjoy.

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