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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.

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Amy Redford

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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

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

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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

Color:

Color
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Trivia

This film was shot in 21 days. 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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"Made in 21 Days" says it all
25 February 2009 | by fish-trSee all my reviews

and i have to believe it was written in even less time.

the plot synopsis here at IMDb is good. i wish they'd shot that.

what we got instead was a 95 minute film wishing it could be seen as one of those inspirational and affirming movies about a woman who attempts to overcome everything ... with a guitar. that wish was apparently denied.

instead we end up with a 21-day film where they must've printed every first take; directed by someone disconnected from the subject ... and the characters ... and even simple threads of continuity ... and written by someone with no apparent expertise or sensitivity to the matter at hand. even the script's bones, even its structure is wonky. and the editor, i have to ask the editor what they were listening to when editing this film? the film's heartbeat ... its sense of rhythm is ... missing. for a film titled after a musical instrument with a character named Melody this pretty standard rhythm of editing idea seems a significant oversight.

i have to let the actors off the hook because they seem to offer shallow, thoughtless, stilted although perhaps rushed performances. i kept wishing it would get better as it went along. it just /had/ to, i thought, but it never did.

now i can only hope i saved you 95 minutes.


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