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Stanley's Gig (2000)

Not Rated | | Drama, Music | 19 June 2000 (USA)
An emotionally dysfunctional ukulele minstrel lands a gig at a nursing home where he strikes up an unlikely relationship with an ancient jazz chanteuse and awakens from a lifetime of loneliness and inconsequence.

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Marc Lazard
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Cast

Credited cast:
William Sanderson ... Stanley Myer
Marla Gibbs ... Eleanor Whitney
Faye Dunaway ... Leila
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Abe Cohen
Paul Benjamin ... Teddy Branson
Kevin Jackson ... Russell Branson
Ian Whitcomb Ian Whitcomb ... Smiling Jack
Justin Lazard ... Joshua
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Natalie Barish Natalie Barish ... Sarah
Lilyan Chauvin ... Grace
David James Elliott ... Record Store Clerk
Bill Erwin ... Jules (as William Erwin)
Jim Ishida ... Byron Fujisaki
Rodney Kageyama ... Jeff Fujisaki (as Rodney Kegeyama)
Max Perlich ... Steve
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An emotionally dysfunctional ukulele minstrel lands a gig at a nursing home where he strikes up an unlikely relationship with an ancient jazz chanteuse and awakens from a lifetime of loneliness and inconsequence.

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Drama | Music

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Official Sites:

Left Hook / Lampedusa

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ins Leben zurück See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Stereo

Color:

Color
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A sweet surprise
10 July 2001 | by jlittlefieldSee all my reviews

A slow starter, well worth hanging on to the end, Stanley's Gig is a beautiful, understated story of redemption, full of quiet humor and amusingly real characters. William Sanderson, an actor with a memorable voice and a forgettable face, was perfect as Stanley, a recovering alcoholic who has wasted much of his life, but finds his talent as a ukulele-playing music therapist at a drab Los Angeles nursing home. Marla Gibbs, as Eleanor, was equally effective as an aged jazz singer who reclaims her past. Faye Dunaway, in an uncharacteristically unglamorous role, plays Stanley's friend and another recovering alcoholic. The plot is thin, but it is not the plot that matters. Stanley, in his quirky way, brings pride to Eleanor's memories of her past and at the same time finds his way late in life. The reward is well worth the journey.


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