The soloist [videorecording] / DreamWorks Pictures and Universal Pictures present, in association with StudioCanal and Participant Media ; a Between Two Trees production ; in association with Working Title Films ; directed by Joe Wright ; screenplay by Susannah Grant ; produced by Gary Foster, Russ Krasnoff ; a Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment production ; in association with Working Title Films.
Contributor(s): Foster, Gary [pro] | Krasnoff, Russ [pro] | Grant, Susannah [aus] | Wright, Joe [drt] | Foxx, Jamie [act] | Downey, Robert [act] | Keener, Catherine [act] | Hollander, Tom [act] | Hamilton, Lisa Gay [act] | Lopez, Steve. Soloist | Dreamworks Pictures | Universal Pictures (Firm) | Studio Canal | Participant Media | Between Two Trees (Firm) | Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment (Firm) | Working Title Films | Paramount Home Entertainment (Firm)Material type: FilmLanguage: English, French, Spanish Original language: English Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Home Entertainment, c2009Description: 1 videodisc (116 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 inISBN: 1415747164; 9781415747162Uniform titles: Soloist (Motion picture) Subject(s): Lopez, Steve -- Film and video adaptations | Lopez, Steve -- Drama | Ayers, Nathaniel Anthony -- Drama | Journalists -- California -- Los Angeles -- Biography -- Drama | Violoncellists -- California -- Los Angeles -- Biography -- Drama | African American homeless persons -- California -- Los Angeles -- Drama | Schizophrenics -- California -- Los Angeles -- Drama | Skid row -- California -- Los Angeles -- Drama | Friendship -- Drama | African Americans -- Los Angeles | Homeless Persons -- Los Angeles -- Biography | Schizophrenia -- Los Angeles -- BiographyGenre/Form: Film adaptations. | Biographical films. | Musical films. | Feature films. | Fiction films. | Feature films -- United States. | Video recordings for the hearing impaired.DDC classification: 791.43/72 LOC classification: PN1997.2 | .S65 2009Online resources: Connect to reviews of this title online. | cover art
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Based on the book "The soloist: a lost dream, an unlikely friendship, and the redemptive power of music" by Steve Lopez.
Originally produced in 2009.
Special features: Commentary by director Joe Wright ; An unlikely friendship : making 'The soloist' ; Kindness, courtesy and respect : Mr. Ayers + Mr. Lopez ; One size does not fit all : addressing homelessness in Los Angeles ; Beth's story ; deleted scenes.
Director of photography, Seamus McGarvey ; film editor, Paul Tothill ; music by Dario Marianelli ; production designer, Sarah Greenwood ; costume designer, Jacqueline Durran.
Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey, Jr., Catherine Keener, Tom Hollander, LisaGay Hamilton.
In 2005, the only thing hurting Los Angeles Times columnist and recent bike accident victim Steve Lopez more than his banged-up face, was his pressing need for story ideas. He soon discovers Nathaniel Ayers, a skid row schizophrenic street musician, who possesses extraordinary talent - even though he only has half-broken instruments to play. Inspired by Nathaniel's story, Lopez writes an acclaimed series of articles about him and attempts to do more to help both him, and the rest of the underclass of L.A. have a better life. Lopez's good intentions run headlong into Nathaniel's personal demons and the larger issues of social injustice facing the homeless. Regardless, Lopez and Nathaniel find a way to conquer their deepest anxieties and frustrations.
MPAA rating: PG-13; for thematic elements, some drug use and language.
DVD, NTSC; region 1, widescreen (16:9) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround.
English, dubbed Spanish, or French dialogue with optional English, Spanish or French subtitles; closed-captioned.