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The Music Never Stopped (2011)

J.K. Simmons , Lou Taylor Pucci , Jim Kohlberg  |  PG |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: J.K. Simmons, Lou Taylor Pucci
  • Directors: Jim Kohlberg
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Roadside Attractions
  • DVD Release Date: August 2, 2011
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004QL7JTE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,056 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Music Never Stopped" on IMDb

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What is it about music that delivers a fully formed emotional memory years, even decades, later--as though you were hearing it for the very first time? The Music Never Stopped examines the emotional power of music in a touching, lovely way that will stay with the viewer long after the film is over. The Music Never Stopped is based on a true story first told in an essay by Oliver Sacks (Awakenings), about a young man who develops a brain tumor that prevents him from making any new memories after 1970. The film opens in the mid-1980s when the boy, now in his 30s (played with subtlety and humor by Lou Taylor Pucci, reminiscent of a young Sam Rockwell), is rediscovered after a long absence by his parents. J.K. Simmons, the veteran TV actor, plays Gabe's heartbroken dad, and gives the performance of his life--true, real, grounded and believable. The Music Never Stopped traces the work of a young music therapist (Julia Ormond, also terrific) who discovers that Gabe's brain can make new memories if it involves learning a new piece of music. So Gabe's dad immerses himself in Gabe's favorite music--the Grateful Dead, the Rolling Stones, Cream, the Beatles--and hatches a plan to reconnect with his son. Part of the beauty of The Music Never Stopped is that the experience of watching it mirrors what is happening on the screen; listening to the great music of the '60s instantly brings memories and emotions to the surface, not only in the characters, but in the viewers as well. It's to director Jim Kohlberg's great credit that he achieves this feat, and that he lets the story unfold simply without unneeded schmaltz. Any parent who's felt estranged from a child, any child who's felt at odds with a parent, and anyone who's ever really and truly loved music--which means just about anyone--will find a lot of heart and soul in The Music Never Stopped. --A.T. Hurley

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From the author of Awakenings comes this heartwarming tale of a father and son who find a connection through the music that embodied the generation gap of the 1960s. An unforgettable soundtrack features the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and more.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'All you need is love' July 22, 2011
Format:DVD
Oliver Sacks, M.D. is a physician and professor of neurology and psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center. In 2007, he was named the first Columbia University Artist, in recognition of his contributions to the arts. THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED is an adaptation (by Gwyn Lurie and Gary Marks) of "The Last Hippie", a short story/essay from Sacks' "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat", a collection of case history stories. Dr. Sacks is a neurologist who has spent his career diagnosing, evaluating, and treating a variety of neurological disorders (and the oftentimes the profound personality shifts that resulted in brain injury or trauma). This information provides a bit of reality ground to the film and makes it all the more important to see and respect. As directed by Jim Kohlberg, this film is a quiet, reverent, at times disturbing exploration of the many aspects of brain function and malfunction and an example of adaptation to these challenges.

Gabriel Sawyer (Lou Taylor Pucci) was a bright youngster in the 1070s when the Vietnam war was altering the nation's perception of right and wrong as expressed in the music of Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, Cream, the Beatles, etc. Longing to be a professional musician he foregoes his parent's wishes that he attend college and with regret leaves his girlfriend Tamara (Tammy Blanchard) and takes off for New York's Greenwich Village. Fast forward to 1986 and Gabriel is hospitalized for an enormous brain tumor, surgically removed, but leaving Gabriel without the ability to remember. At this point Gabriel's parents are located and his father Henry (J.K. Simmons) and mother Helen (Cara Seymour) visit him in the hospital, longing to reconnect with the son that has been absent for fifteen years.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw it's debut at Sundance! June 1, 2011
By dcerva
Format:DVD
I saw this film at Sundance and right away it became my favorite for the year. This film has a great and touching story, but so many do. What sets this film apart from so many others, is that it isnt trying too hard. The idea behind this film is simple and it is simply made -- no ultra crazy cinematography, no avant-garde editing. The script is also simple in the fact that it doesnt try to add ficticious elements to real life problems to try and make them ultra dramatic. This film really gets down to the clean basics of film making -- just substance, no fluff.
Aside from production, I really enjoyed this film becasue I am a huge fan of 60's and 70's rock and roll. All of the visible themes of this film are interweaved with being able to indentify with music. Anyone who has ever been moved by a particular song, album, or band will "get" this film. Anyone who grew up while the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead, and Hendrix were all releasing music and during the Vietnam War will be able to relate to the emotion of this story. This Film does not take place in the 60's, but relives it.
Without giving away to much of the plot, I will simply say that this film is about the relationship between a father and a son -- both love music and are moved by the music of their day, but dont have much else in common.
This is a must see, at least once.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story with wonderful performances July 29, 2011
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"(Rhythm) is there in the cycles of the seasons, in the migrations of the birds and animals, in the fruiting and withering of plants, and in the birth, maturation and death of ourselves," -Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead)

What is it about music that resonates so much with people? Is it chemical? A part of the brain that responds to the frequencies and rhythm of certain sounds played in a progression? Or, is it just the fact that it makes one "feel" something?

Music, like any other form of art brings out a "feeling" in the one experiencing it. Those feelings will be different for everyone and some will be permanently effected by them. Music can do many things. It can heal, damage, make you dance, give you a headache and even make you "high". According to many music therapists, it can also help recall memories. "The Music Never Stopped" explores this phenomenon beautifully and is a testament to our souls connection with our music. Set in the 80's with flashbacks to the 60's and 70's "The Music Never Stopped" has some of the best music from the bands of that era. The film runs the gamete of emotions and has some powerful performances from the actors and classic bands such as The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, and The Beatles.

Gabriel, a 30 something man with a brain tumor is unable to form new memories. He can remember his life growing up, playing music and following his favorite bands around the country, but he can't remember what his nurse just said to him 5 minutes ago. Lou Tayler Pucci plays the down to earth "hippie" Gabriel graciously and I was very impressed with his performance. He was subtle but beautifully represented those of us obsessed with music and it's meanings.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Music Never Stopped July 28, 2011
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I am normally not a movie buff and find it very difficult to sit through any film, at home or at the theatre. I happened on this movie on cable today after waiting for it to come to a local cinema. I must say it was probably one of the best movies I have seen in my lifetime and was so sorry when it ended. The music was wonderful, family interaction was true and well done. You will laugh at triumphs, cry at times and just enjoy the music. I think I will have to watch it again tomorrow.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe I'd never seen this before.
Great movie for DeadHeads, young rebels, parents struggling to understand their children, people dealing with tragic medical conditions of a Loved one, music Lovers, and just about... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Fred Hammes
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Movie!!!
This movie is one of the MOST touching films I have ever seen!!! An added plus is that the music in it is from the 60's when I was maturing through life!!! Read more
Published 29 days ago by Marsha Queen of Amazon
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, Love, Love This Movie
I can't say enough about this movie. My family are all musicians so this movie really hit home with us. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Angela Stinnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic movie!
From beginning to end it will keep you watching to see what happens next. No it's not an action movie, it's an intriguing look into the human mind and it's connection to music and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Korrie S Silpe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I actually showed this to a class full of Juniors when we were reading about psychology, music, and the brain. They loved it. A captivating story, brilliantly told.
Published 3 months ago by Jillian Harpster
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Move - Very Moving
Excellent movie with brilliant performances by the two main characters - Lou Taylor Pucci (the son) and J.K.Simmons (the Father). Read more
Published 4 months ago by S. Beers
4.0 out of 5 stars The Music Never Stopped
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It was a great movie, I enjoyed it emensly. I really enjoyed all the music in it plus the story line. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Georgia M
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a great movie with a powerful message about love and...
This was a meaningful, powerful, inspirational movie...and if you are a fan of 60's music - you will get an extra bonus.
Published 7 months ago by Vicky Elder
1.0 out of 5 stars Almost as boring as the Grateful Dead and their legions of brain-dead...
I watched this movie because I'm a huge fan of Lou Taylor Pucci and I'm working my way through the movies he's made so far. Read more
Published 7 months ago by J. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars The Music Never Stopped was very engaging, and a great story that...
I loved it, because it was based on a true story. It gave me one more reason to love music and how it intersects with the human mind, and about how it can bring together people who... Read more
Published 7 months ago by David Cain
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