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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Let's get it on. Maybe tonight. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

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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

This is the eighth film in which John Cusack and Joan Cusack have appeared together. The others are Class (1983), Sixteen Candles (1984), Grandview, U.S.A. (1984), Broadcast News (1987),Say Anything... (1989), Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) and Cradle Will Rock (1999) See more »

Goofs

When Charlie phones up Rob she has a big ring on her wedding finger (left hand), but when she is on the stairs, the ring has moved to the equivalent finger on her right hand. 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

Catherine Zeta Jones is only credited in the final cast list and not in main credits See more »

Alternate Versions

In the version premiered on Comedy Central in 2003, there are numerous dialogue changes due to adult language, but several of these can be clearly identified as alternate takes rather than overdubs:
  • 1. When Rob talks about Deep Purple and his autobiographical record collection, Dick simply says "no way."
  • 2. Rob says "is that Peter Frampton? Why?" instead of "is that Peter f'ing Frampton?" just before he enters the lounge.
  • 3. Rob says "it made me feel like less of a... whoever the hell Laura thinks I am" during the phone call to Liz.
  • 4. Rob shouts to himself "who... is Ian!?" and rips posters off the wall after he talks to Liz.
  • 5. When Liz comes into the store, she says "hey Rob... you selfish jerk!"
  • 6. In the bar, Rob says (due to a mis-edit) "but really good" twice (once in a medium shot and again in the close-up) and asks "how come suddenly I'm the world's biggest jerk?"
  • 7. At dinner with Rob, Penny calls the guy she slept with a "dirtbag" and tells Rob to "go to Hell."
  • 8. The whole scene where Rob gets Charlie's answering machine is a different take, again without language.
  • 9. The shoplifting scene has a differently paced take when Rob says "how much is this deck worth to you and how much did you steal? Can you do the math?"
  • 10. Charlie says "no, I can't believe you, Rob. I knew it. You are," in an alternate take when she sits down after the dinner party scene, instead of repeatedly cursing.
  • 11. Barry's "top five songs about death" is a different take and even has Rob adding "Not Dark Yet, by Dylan" before he runs off to get the phone.
  • 12. Rob asks "Hey! What the hell is this, huh? What is this?" when he finds Laura's flyer.
  • 13. The scene where Rob offers Barry money not to play at the release party is different.
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Connections

Referenced in 24 Hour Party People (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Doing It Anyway
Written and Performed by Apartment 26
Courtesy of Hollywood Records
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Laugh-out-loud funny!
16 February 2001 | by cmh14aSee all my reviews

You don't need to be a John Cusack fan to enjoy High Fidelity, nor do you need an overt appreciation of music, the film is a highly humorous, poignant and informative look at men, relationships and love.

Cusack is at his 'Grosse Point Blank' best here, investing in his character a realism that at times is so hilarious you will need to see the movie again to hear the lines you missed the first time because you were laughing too much. His emotionally strung-out breakdown is disturbing. Here is an actor that knows his craft and knows it well.

Watch out for the air-conditioning 'alternate outcome' scene. It still makes me laugh!

Cusack is by far a more talented performer than many on the scene and 'High Fidelity' is a testiment to this.


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