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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 ... Himself - Everyothers' Singer
Joel Cannon Joel Cannon ... Himself - Everyothers' Guitar Player (as Joel B. Cannon)
Ben Toro Ben Toro ... Himself - Everyothers' Bass Player
John Melville John Melville ... Himself - 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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin | Punjabi

Release Date:

18 January 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gitara See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

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

Goofs

Isaach De Bankolé plays a character named "Roscoe", and according to the movie he is named after a small town in upstate New York. This implies that he's a NY native, though he speaks with a reasonably-thick African accent (the actor is from the Ivory Coast). 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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Inspiring with a touch of irk
23 October 2009 | by HardCandyJaneSee all my reviews

The storyline is engaging and thought provoking. There were moments where I felt inspired by the main character's plight.

However, throughout the movie, I could not help but feel irked by a number of the unoriginal and overused techniques the director employed to force the audience to feel something. For example: the slow, melodramatic montage scenes in which the main character twirls in the sunlight with a shawl wrapped around her; the scenes in which the main character, reflecting on her childhood,is shown as a 7 year old girl sitting sadly by herself on the stairs as she watches and hears her parents argue.

There was also a lack of honesty about the character. One example in which this lack of honesty manifested itself was in the 'heroin-chic' appearance that the main character took on as she rapidly accepted that she was going to die. This says more about the director and the director's 90's influence than it does about the actual character.

Either way, this movie is definitely worth a look just for the life lessons alone.


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