The Guitar (film)

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The Guitar
Directed by Amy Redford
Produced by Heyward Collins
Written by Amos Poe
Gillian Horvat
Starring Saffron Burrows
Isaach De Bankolé
Paz de la Huerta
Richard Short
Music by David Mansfield
Cinematography Bobby Bukowski
Edited by David Leonard
Distributed by Cinetic Media
Release date
  • November 7, 2008 (2008-11-07)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Guitar is a 2008 drama film about a woman who decides to pursue her dreams after being diagnosed with a terminal illness. The film was directed by Amy Redford, and stars Saffron Burrows, Isaach De Bankolé, Paz de la Huerta, and Richard Short.[1] Janeane Garofalo has a cameo appearance as Dr. Murray.


One morning, "mouse-burger" Melody "Mel" Wilder is diagnosed with laryngeal cancer, then fired from her thankless job and abandoned by her boyfriend. With nothing left to lose, and given only two months to live, she spends her entire life's savings to rent a palatial loft in Greenwich Village. Thinking she'll never have to pay the landlord, she lives off her credit cards, and fills the loft with high-priced products. She seduces both the parcel-delivery man and a pizza delivery girl and teaches herself to play the electric guitar she's romanticized since childhood. These life affirming experiences transform her irrevocably, as she discovers a passion for life and the will to live.


Rotten Tomatoes currently has a critic rating of 33% and an audience rating of 55%.[2]



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