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The Guitar (2008)

The life of a woman is transformed after she is diagnosed with a terminal disease, fired from her job and abandoned by her boyfriend. Given two months to live, she throws caution to the wind to pursue her dreams.

Director:

Amy Redford

Writer:

Amos Poe
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Saffron Burrows ... Melody Wilder
Isaach De Bankolé ... Roscoe Wasz
Paz de la Huerta ... Constance 'Cookie' Clemente
Mia Kucan Mia Kucan ... Young Mel
Adam Trese ... Mr. Laffs
Janeane Garofalo ... Dr. Murray
Owen McCarthy Owen McCarthy ... Self - Everyothers' Singer
Joel Cannon Joel Cannon ... Self - Everyothers' Guitar Player (as Joel B. Cannon)
Ben Toro Ben Toro ... Self - Everyothers' Bass Player
John Melville John Melville ... Self - Everyothers' Drummer
Reg Rogers ... Brett
David Wain ... Phone Man
Elizabeth Marvel ... Ma Wilder
Bill Camp ... Pa Wilder
Richard Short ... Loser Musician
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Storyline

The transformation of a woman after she is diagnosed with a terminal illness, fired from her thankless job and abandoned by her boyfriend. Given two months to live, she blows her savings and maxes out her credit cards to pursue her dreams, which include romance and learning to play the electric guitar. Written by anonymous

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Drama | Music | Romance

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Rated R for sexual content, nudity and some language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The leather jacket worn by Saffron Burrows went on to become her favorite clothing item. See more »

Goofs

She bought a 1963 Stratocaster on the phone. But there is a brief scene where you see the back of the head stock. It says "Made in Mexico." Strats were not made in Mexico until the 90s. See more »

Quotes

Melody Wilder: I just bought a guitar.
Roscoe Wasz: Great.
Melody Wilder: And then I have to get, you know, amps and stuff for the guitar. What?
Roscoe Wasz: You're spending money like there's no tomorrow.
Melody Wilder: There is no tomorrow. All my tomorrows are yesterday. Anyway, I'm charging it.
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John I'm Only Dancing
Written by David Bowie
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Billy's Antiques is the Shop
25 December 2010 | by leroy7See all my reviews

Great film all the locations were real downtown LES spots especially the Antique Shop "Billy's Antiques" and they used the real shop and owner Billy.Also the Everyothers are a great band.The music is very enjoyable not hokey. Paz de La Huerta's part is completely on the other end of the spectrum from Boardwalk Empire,Limits of Control and Enter the Void.Critics have said she can play only one type of role ..well they have not seen The Guitar.The film feels ice cold just like it is in January in New York City.I find the plot totally believable because people do weird things when they know that they are going to die.I know Amy Redford will follow the great tradition of film making.I hope she makes another one soon.


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Release Date:

18 January 2008 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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