The Soloist

The Soloist

DVD - 2009
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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
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Home Entertainment, c2009
Branch Call Number: DVD Soloist
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (117 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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DCPL_Christine Mar 09, 2017

I agree with all the comments, it truly is worth the time to let this soak in. Be sure to watch the extras at the end of the film, you will be impressed.

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poolman
Jan 13, 2017

Slick but heartfelt, quirky, beautifully photographed. Downey is his usual earnest self but Foxx is just plain brilliant and really 'nails' a portrayal of mental illness. The others also bring realism to the sad situation of people close to the ill person and their frustration as they are "just trying to help." The fact that it's a biopic makes it all the more engaging.

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ermadick
Mar 05, 2013

Well written and superb performances by Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr. Based on a true story centered on the life of an adult, homeless, talented street musician in Los Angeles. A reminder to us all about the incredible number of homeless in every city in the United States, their many unmet needs and the power of a friend. Would recommend.

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neonkc
Sep 04, 2012

very good

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zk24
Jan 29, 2012

Brilliant!! A very touching story involving an L.A. times columnist Steve Lopez meeting by chance with a homeless but gifted musician (Jamie Foxx). The acting quality was both superior and heartwarming, and ventures into the sad and unforgiving world that the homeless face in major cities around the world. Moreover, the film also reinforces the importance of how music can play such a powerful role in our everyday lives, whether in times of despair or joy.

wayne19711012 Jan 05, 2012

it is ok

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haploU5
Oct 25, 2011

The Soloist delves into the world of the socially shunned; the mentally ill that are homeless. Swept like dirt under a carpet, these people live in the cracks of every city’s floorboards, desperately in need for, though not necessarily seeking, professional and compassionate help.
A Los Angeles Times journalist, Steve Lopez, happens to meet with such an individual, Nathaniel, a gifted cellist, specifically enamoured with the classical music of Beethoven. Wondering how such a bright and talented person came to such dire circumstances, Lopez decides to write about him in his column. As his interest in him grows so does his desire to help change his life and get him off the streets, all the while not realizing that it is Lopez himself that is learning how to change his own messed up life.

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richibi
Sep 10, 2011

stellar acting throughout here brings this hearbreaking true story to unforgettable inspirational life, where were the Oscars when this movie happened, Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr., delivering master classes in each their art, should've left everyone else way behind in the dust, so should've the movie, a triumph

owllover Jul 28, 2011

Very good acting. Realy gave you a knot of sadness in your stomache. but most definatly worth watching.

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bstudent
Jul 13, 2011

Unique story. Emense tallent and incredible amounts of interest/help and time. You don't see couples like this every day.

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coryegan
Feb 18, 2013

I've never loved anything the way he loves music.

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coryegan
Feb 18, 2013

I don't give a smooth fart whether we go or not.

i lost this movie how much does it cost to pay the full price?

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nadian May 13, 2010

Coarse Language: Brief.

nadian May 13, 2010

Violence: Some minor violence on screen and implied harsh violence off screen. Some drug use and mature subject matter.

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nadian May 13, 2010

nadian thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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