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The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico (2005)

R | | Comedy | February 2005 (USA)
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A faux documentary about the rise and fall of fictional country singer Guy Terrifico, featuring some legendary real-life performers.


Michael Mabbott


Michael Mabbott
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Kris Kristofferson ... Himself
Matt Murphy Matt Murphy ... Guy Terrifico
Colin Linden Colin Linden ... Himself
Stephen Bruton Stephen Bruton ... Himself
Phil Kaufman Phil Kaufman ... Himself
George Stroumboulopoulos ... Himself
Ronnie Hawkins ... Himself
Natalie Radford Natalie Radford ... Mary Lou Griffiths
Jane Sowerby Jane Sowerby ... Loni Lipvanchuck
Merle Haggard ... Himself
Freddie Powers Freddie Powers ... Himself (as Freddy Powers)
Rob Bowman Rob Bowman ... Himself
Stacy Grant ... Anchor Woman
Jordan Prentice ... Reggie Moshanski
Drew Zeran ... Media Scrum Reporter


A faux documentary about the rise and fall of fictional country singer Guy Terrifico, featuring some legendary real-life performers.

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A Honky-Tonkumentary



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and drug content | See all certifications »






Release Date:

February 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La vie trépidante de Guy Terrifico See more »

Filming Locations:

Ontario, Oregon, USA See more »

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Did You Know?


In a deleted scene on the DVD, in which David Christo plays Guy Jr. and Lynne Griffin plays Ophelia, we see what happened to Guy during his mysterious disappearance. See more »

Crazy Credits

Special Thanks: Michael's poker tables East & West See more »


References The Last Waltz (1978) See more »


Let's Make Love Again
Written by Michael Mabbott and Matt Murphy
Published by Guy Terrifico Songs (SOCAN/ASCAP)
Performed by Matt Murphy (guitar, vocals), Tracy Stevens (bass), Dave Marsh (drums),
Dale Murray (pedal steel), Bill Stevenson & Ruth Minnikin (vocals)
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A caricature of the 1970's rockstar life that's so outrageous it's believable, so believable it's funny
19 April 2006 | by joelduplessisSee all my reviews

I just finished watching this "honky-tonkumentary" and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is compelling, it is funny, it has surprisingly good music, but most of all, it is thoroughly believable. The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico has a feeling of authenticity about it that few mockumentaries can match. The acting is superb. Best of all are the interviews about Guy Terrifico with real stars (Ronnie Hawkins, Merle Haggard, Chris Kristofferson, etc.). They come across sounding so impromptu, that I wonder whether they were scripted or in fact improvised? Actually, I found myself wondering the same thing often throughout the movie. Nothing seems put on or forced. When Guy and the band are writing their music, it really seems that the actors are playing and singing the songs for the first time. And as much as I generally dislike country, the soundtrack was amazing - definitely worth buying. Most of the humour in the film comes from the outrageous way it caricatures the lives of 1970's rockstars: it's so outrageous it's believable; it's so believable, it's funny. There is so much to recommend about this film that I can't imagine anyone disliking it.

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