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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 »

Director:

Jim Kohlberg

Writers:

Gwyn Lurie (screenplay), Gary Marks (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
J.K. Simmons ... Henry Sawyer
Cara Seymour ... Helen Sawyer
Lou Taylor Pucci ... Gabriel Sawyer
Scott Adsit ... Dr. Biscow
James Urbaniak ... Mike Tappin
Max Antisell ... Young Gabriel
Ryan Karels Ryan Karels ... Bernie
Peggy Gormley ... Florence
Tammy Blanchard ... Tamara
Josh Segarra ... Mark Ferris
Xander Johnson ... Weed
Jesse Roche Jesse Roche ... Steve
Julia Ormond ... Dianne Daley
Erica Fae ... College Representative (as Erica Berg)
Mía Maestro ... Celia
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Storyline

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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Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 2011 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Oliver Sacks Project See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$76,543, 20 March 2011

Gross USA:

$258,077
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the essay "The Last Hippie" from Dr. Oliver Sacks's book, "An Anthropologist on Mars." See more »

Goofs

When Gabriel and his Dad are playing the song "Uncle John's Band" from the Grateful Dead album Workingman's Dead, the needle on the record player is at the very end of the LP. The song is actually the first track on the album, so the needle should be near the outer edge of the LP. See more »

Quotes

Helen Sawyer: Are we ready? I've got the medication.
Dianne Daley: I've got the bag.
Gabriel Sawyer: I've got the brain tumor.
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References The Partridge Family (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

La Marsellaise
Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Arranged by Frederick Charrosin
Published by Willowview Publishing & Bosworth & Co.
Courtesy of Opus 1 Music Library
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Grateful Dead on a shoestring budget wonderful
28 January 2011 | by mbraun-1See all my reviews

It's 1987, and when a long-absent son turns up with a brain tumor that robs him of immediate memory, his father (JK Simmons) struggles to deal with the past through the eyes of a son who is frozen in memories.

OK, Dead fans know the title; if you're of a generation that listened to vinyl, here's your homage to the power of records and the 60s.

Small budget written all over this, that is all heart and talented talent that has talent. Did I mention talent? Having seen it at Sundance Chicago, the director explained that he'd been studying neurological science material and THAT is reflected in how uncommonly well the young actor, Gabe, nails his role as a person whose brain injury sometimes clicks on... and off. Director spoke about the editing down of the tale, and I think we'd really like to see it expanded back to a longer film; there's a few lessons here worthy of more screen time.

There's a jaw-dropping "how'd they do that?" in here worthy of cheers and worth the ticket price. Hope they "expand" that for the DVD!!!

This is a great little film without special effects but packed with the true mastery of a small story told very, emotionally, well. Familiar faces deliver for all they're worth and well-done filmmakers techniques bless MUSIC with obvious "extra efforts" that put all of the money up on the screen.


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