Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Faye Dunaway, Stephen Tobolowsky
Genres: Drama, Kids & Family
Inspired by real life characters this tells the story of stanley myer a down-on-luck musician with a very big dream: to play his ukelele on a cruise line in hawaii. Events unfold that not only help him discover who he is b... more »
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A great movie finally out on DVD
Jonathan Smith | Los Angeles | 09/19/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Wow! I ordered this as soon as I was notified of its availability on DVD. I saw this late at night on cable and loved it; great mood, concept, and just-right performances by all involved. But I was never able to find it and thought that was that. This is good news; this movie is a real find.
Stanley is a ukelele player who takes his art seriously; he takes a "gig" playing for old folks at a nursing home. Eventually he gets more and more involved with the patrons and
the result is a pleasant, life affirming story in the vein of "Driving Miss Daisy".
I don't know the names of the principal actors besides Ms. Dunaway, but Stanley is played by the guy from the 2nd Bob Newhart series (the one with two brothers Darryl) and the other main character used to be Florence from the Jeffersons. Excellent portrayals, a happy/sad and sensitive movie you will enjoy time and time again.
A Total Joy
Thom | Johnstown, Panama | 12/23/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My now deceased mom bought me a ukelele when I was a boy, but I wasn't the least bit interested. Yet, Stanley brings more than his ukelele to the nursing home ... he brings a loving heart and patiently helps a former jazz singer out of a deep depression to sing once again. The music in the film is superb and the acting never once overshadows the story. In an age when people seem to only want action, sex and violence, it's wonderful to watch a movie that focuses on what really counts in life: genuine kindness and selflessness. I am now a fan of the ukelele and have understood why mom wanted me to learn to play; she would have truly loved this film. It's not cut out for younger audiences, yet for those who have tender hearts, Stanley's Gig is a real diamond in the rough."