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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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  »

Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$258,077 (USA) (9 September 2011)

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Did You Know?


"The Music Never Stopped" is Grateful Dead song from their 1975 album "Blues For Allah" See more »


"Til There Was You" was introduced in 1957 in the Broadway musical 'The Music Man', not 1950 as mentioned. 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 »


All You Need Is Love
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by The Beatles
Published by Sony/ATV Tunes LLC.
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Incredible Film! Must see for music lovers, and everyone else!
23 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Music Never Stopped is a beautiful film based on a true story about the relationship between father and son, and between music and the brain. J.K. Simmons and Lou Taylor Pucci deliver incredible performances as estranged father and son, Henry and Gabriel. (Slight spoilers follow, but all information can be found within the first 20 minutes or so of the film.) The two both have a great love for music, but their relationship falls apart as Gabriel gets wrapped up in the hippie culture of the 60's and the Grateful Dead. When Gabriel gets a brain tumor as an adult, music therapy is used to improve his memory, which has been destroyed in the removal of the tumor.

This movie has a great soundtrack, full of the classic rock music of the late 60's. This is certainly a music-lovers film! If your favorite song takes you back to the moment you heard it, this is a film for you! If music touches your soul, this is a must see!

If you don't love the music of the late 60's, you will still find this film a moving piece of art. The relationships between each character are authentic and personal. It is an absolute must see! *Reviewed from Sundance screening*

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