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The Music Never Stopped (2011)

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Tale of a father who struggles to bond with his estranged son Gabriel, after Gabriel suffers from a brain tumor that prevents him from forming new memories. With Gabriel unable to shed the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Henry Sawyer
... Helen Sawyer
... Gabriel Sawyer
... Dr. Biscow
... Mike Tappin
... Young Gabriel
Ryan Karels ... Bernie
... Florence
... Tamara
... Mark Ferris
... Weed
Jesse Roche ... Steve
... Dianne Daley
... College Representative (as Erica Berg)
... Celia


Tale of a father who struggles to bond with his estranged son Gabriel, after Gabriel suffers from a brain tumor that prevents him from forming new memories. With Gabriel unable to shed the beliefs and interests that caused their physical and emotional distance, Henry must learn to embrace his son's choices and try to connect with him through music. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, some mild drug references, language and smoking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 October 2011 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

Mr. Tamburine Man  »


Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$76,543, 20 March 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$258,077, 11 September 2011
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


"The Music Never Stopped" is Grateful Dead song from their 1975 album "Blues For Allah" See more »


"Til There Was You" was introduced in 1957 in the Broadway musical 'The Music Man', not 1950 as mentioned. See more »


Henry Sawyer: They don't just play the notes on the page.
Gabriel Sawyer: No, they play what's in the air, you know?
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References The Partridge Family (1970) See more »


For What It's Worth
Written by Stephen Stills
Performed by Buffalo Springfield
Published by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. on behalf of Cotillion Music Inc., Richie Furay Music, Springalo Toones & Ten-East Music
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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A movie about the impact of *music*
31 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie last night at the Foster Theater inside of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum...

J.K. steals the movie in a dark-horse Oscar performance - but there is absolutely nothing wrong with the rest of the cast. (some production $$$ lacking, i.e. perhaps the worst fake beard ever) The STAR of this movie was *music* - not the soundtrack (although Deadheads will be thrilled), but the emotions and memories that music engenders. The way a song can change your mood, serve as a bridge to your memories. The movie has back-beats about father & son, husband & wife, a mother fretting over her son, Korean vs. Vietnam Wars, even lost love - but the hook is *music*...

*that* song you heard when you met your best girl, *that* song playing when you first had sex, when *music* meant something to you on an emotional and visceral level.

The movie harmonizes a teenager of the early 1950s as the father of a teenager of the late 1960s, showing how their mutual love of *music* manages to bring them back together across the generational gap - and the tumor-induced memory gaps of the son.

If you've ever heard your parents say "turn that crap down", if you've ever said that to your own kid - this movie is for you. You will laugh, you will cry. You will leave the theater wanting to listen to some of your parents' music, and being a little more tolerant of that noise your kid is listening to...

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