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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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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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Country:

USA

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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

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Color
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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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Subtle and tender
14 January 2009 | by inteleartsSee all my reviews

The Guitar starring the stunning Saffron Burrows in a low-fi take on changing gears. A parable of the drudgery of modern life, the cancer we discover she has in the first minutes, is almost an allegory for modern life: slow death at the office. She then becomes both a recluse and a free spirit - out of touch but via the power of the credit card very much in touch with who her superego would want her to be.

What we love in this was the pacing - rather than slow a better word would be tender - the Guitar uses film to draw us into the perspective of a dying woman through sound, sight, and feeling and for a directorial debut this is powerful stuff.

it has a simplicity in the film-making. This far outweighs any nudity - and it does have an eroticism to it which is well handled - but really does not make the viewer feel like a voyeur. I felt an initial disappointment at how the ending is set up but it is, on reflection, well-handled from that point on. There is a quality to the ending which colors how you see the whole film let's the plot devices slide by.

If I were to choose two words for this they would be subtle and tender - and from my point of view I can't think of no better praise for this particular type of drama than that.

An auspicious beginning for Robert Redford's daughter Amy in her directorial debut.


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