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Goodbye Solo (2008)

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Two men form an unlikely friendship that will change both of their lives forever.

Director:

Ramin Bahrani

Writers:

Bahareh Azimi (screenplay), Ramin Bahrani (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Souleymane Sy Savane ... Solo
Red West ... William
Diana Franco Galindo Diana Franco Galindo ... Alex
Lane 'Roc' Williams Lane 'Roc' Williams ... Roc
Mamadou Lam Mamadou Lam ... Mamadou
Carmen Leyva Carmen Leyva ... Quiera
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter N. Anyieth Peter N. Anyieth ... DVD Seller
Jim Babel ... Airline Interviewer
Sarah S. Brooks Sarah S. Brooks ... Passenger with Hat
Lasheka Brown Lasheka Brown ... Crack Passenger
Todd Davis Todd Davis ... Cab Passenger
Alexandra Dimopoulos Alexandra Dimopoulos ... Nurse
Neill Fleeman Neill Fleeman ... Airline Interviewer
Jamill 'Peaches' Fowler Jamill 'Peaches' Fowler ... Pork Chop
Evelia Garcia Evelia Garcia ... Bar Owner
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Storyline

On the lonely roads of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, two men forge an improbable friendship that will change both of their lives forever. Solo is a Senegalese cab driver working to provide a better life for his young family. William is a tough Southern good ol' boy with a lifetime of regrets. One man's American dream is just beginning, while the other's is quickly winding down. But despite their differences, both men soon realize they need each other more than either is willing to admit. Through this unlikely but unforgettable friendship, GOODBYE SOLO deftly explores the passing of a generation as well as the rapidly changing face of America. Written by Anonymous

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Wolof | Spanish

Release Date:

26 August 2009 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Solo See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,042, 29 March 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$871,275, 8 November 2009
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bahrain said in an interview that his script was inspired by "Taste of Cherry" 1997 by Abbas Kiarostami. See more »

Goofs

The protagonist's taxi is shown on the Linville Viaduct. This is not on the route between Blowing Rock and Winston-Salem. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
William: [passenger] Why you laughing?
Solo: [driver] I'm not laughing just now.
William: No, No! You told me it would cost $200. Well I'll give you a thousand, to take me out there on October 20th.
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Best film I saw at Toronto Film Festival
21 September 2008 | by rb545rdSee all my reviews

Without a doubt this was the best film I saw at the Toronto Film Festival. My girlfriend and I decided to make a trip up there for a few days to see some films, enjoy the city and catch Niagara Falls. We saw some good films, and some not-so-good films, but most of them were good... but none of them captivated us like Goodbye Solo. It was on our short list because we had seen and really liked Chop Shop-- by the same director. This one is even better. The lead actor is just amazing!! This guy is going to win some awards. He is so charming that you can't help but want to watch everything he does. The whole audience was laughing for like the first half of the film because him and the old man - the big dawg! - are just so funny together and the things they say and do together are just great... but it was the ending that really got us. My girlfriend was crying. So were a lot of people around us... And the last shots are really beautiful. I don't know where they filmed it, but the location was amazing. The mountain and the trees and fog... it was just amazing how the filmed those colors and fog, like it wasn't real or something. The film really, really moved us and stayed with us for the rest of our trip and we talked about it a lot on our drive home. Solo changed so much in the film... that guy is a great actor. We will see it again when it comes out for sure.


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