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High Fidelity (2000)

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Rob, a record store owner and compulsive list maker, recounts his top five breakups, including the one in progress.

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Stephen Frears

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Nick Hornby (book), D.V. DeVincentis (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cusack ... Rob Gordon
Iben Hjejle ... Laura
Todd Louiso ... Dick
Jack Black ... Barry Judd
Lisa Bonet ... Marie De Salle
Catherine Zeta-Jones ... Charlie Nicholson
Joan Cusack ... Liz
Tim Robbins ... Ian Raymond
Chris Rehmann Chris Rehmann ... Vince
Ben Carr Ben Carr ... Justin
Lili Taylor ... Sarah Kendrew
Joelle Carter ... Penny Hardwick
Natasha Gregson Wagner ... Caroline Fortis
Shannon Stillo Shannon Stillo ... Alison Jr. High
Drake Bell ... Rob Jr. High
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Storyline

Thirty-something Rob Gordon, a former club DJ, owns a not so lucrative used record store in Chicago. He not so much employs Barry and Dick, but rather keeps them around as they showed up at the store one day and never left. All three are vinyl and music snobs, but in different ways. Rob has a penchant for compiling top five lists. The latest of these lists is his top five break-ups, it spurred by the fact that his latest girlfriend, Laura, a lawyer, has just broken up with him. He believed that Laura would be the one who would last, partly as an expectation of where he would be at this stage in his life. Rob admits that there have been a few incidents in their relationship which in and of themselves could be grounds for her to want to break up. To his satisfaction, Laura is not on this top five list. Rob feels a need not only to review the five relationships, which go back as far as middle school when he was twelve, and try to come to terms with why the woman, or girl as the case may ...

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A comedy about fear of commitment, hating your job, falling in love and other pop favorites. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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UK | USA

Language:

English | Danish

Release Date:

31 March 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alta fidelidad See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,429,107, 2 April 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$27,277,055, 10 September 2000
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the first shot Rob's record store, the camera follows Rob across the store, revealing many record covers in the background. One record that stands out is a record by the group Index. Index were a 1960s garage band from Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Grosse Point Blank is another film starring John Cusack. See more »

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While sharing with the audience a list of books he has read, Rob puts a cigarette in the left side of his mouth and begins to light it. In the next shot he finishes lighting the cigarette and it is in the right side of his mouth. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Rob: What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?
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Crazy Credits

The main end credits are printed on music-type flyers posted on poles and walls. See more »

Alternate Versions

Beverly D'Angelo appears as a woman attempting to sell her husband's vintage record collection to John Cusack's character. The scene was deleted but included with several others on the DVD release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Stjernerne på slottet: Tættere på Iben Hjejle (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

I Can't Stand The Rain
Written by Ann Peebles, Donald Bryant, and Bernard Miller
Performed by Ann Peebles
Courtesy of Hi Records
Under License from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Top 5 Movies About Love and Music
18 February 2004 | by rthibesSee all my reviews

One of my favorite movies, based on one of my favorite books. "High Fidelity" is perfect if you already had a broken heart, and if you tried to heal it with some pop songs.

John Cusack is not acting - he REALLY IS Rob Fleming (Rob Gordon in the movie). If there are doubts about it, I just say that he made the soundtrack compilation and collaborated with the screenplay.

The supporting cast is also perfect. Jack Black and Todd Louiso couldn't be better. Tim Robbins, as the world-music-fan, is a nice surprise, and Joan Cusack is always funny.

It looks like everyone had a lot of fun making this movie, and the result is a nice and funny and full of emotions motion picture, to see again and again and again to remember how music and love can help each other.


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