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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 »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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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:

$258,223

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$342,202
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

Jerry Garcia was missing part of his 3rd finger on his right hand, his finger is intact in the concert scenes. 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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Connections

References The Partridge Family (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

On Sale Now
Written by Daniel May
Performed by Daniel May
Published by Revision West / Courtesy of MasterSource
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The Bridge That Is Music
4 August 2011 | by AudioFileZSee all my reviews

Like the father and son in this music I too share the love of music that was bequeathed to me by my father. And not unlike Gabriel (the son) and Henry (the father) in "The Music Never Stopped", I and my father were from two very different generations as my father was 45 when I was born. Still there was a very tangible connection we both shared that goes on till this very day whenever I indulge daily in that love. But, how powerful is music? Can it bridge bigger things it has no right to? Absolutely! The power of something that stirs the emotions inside can never be diminished and therein lays the power that so few experiences in life bring.

With that as "rock" (pun definitely intended) solid premise "The Music Never Stops" weaves an utterly heartwarming story told expertly to ring true; it doesn't condescend into trite maudlin territory. It's a beautiful piece of work about a "lost" son, who with catastrophic loss of memory due to a brain tumor who is able to reconnect for periods of time with his dad when they share the magic of music embedded in his psyche. The father's love of his son allows him to transcend the generational difference as he becomes a "Deadhead". Much can be read into what occurs in the story and each viewer will have their own moments of the soul stirring emotions bound by a certain soundtrack. There is a great universal truth here and it is presented with economy which serves to elevate this as, perhaps, one of the best independent films of this year (2011), or any other for that matter.

See this movie because it deserves your attention. You will see a tour De force by much beloved comedic character actor J.K. Simmons; witness him as you've never imagined him. I have total respect for this man after seeing his light touch bring the father, Henry, to life. Combine that with the amazingly nuanced and deft acting of Lou Taylor Pucci in a difficult role exposing the brittle nature of mental illness and alienation of the son Gabriel. What you get is pure synergism of these two great performances in a sparse but highly moving script. I can't give higher praise except that the music used was some of the best that we will ever witness. Highly recommended!


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