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High Fidelity

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Original title
High Fidelity
Running time
107 min.
United States United States
D.V. DeVicentis, Steve Pink, John Cusack, Scott Rosenberg. Novel: Nick Hornby
Howard Shore, Varios
Seamus McGarvey
Co-production United States-United Kingdom;
Touchstone Pictures, Working Title Films, Dogstar Films, New Crime Productions. Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures
Comedy | Music. 1980s. 1990s
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Nick Hornby Adaptations
A male-perspective confessional about being an adult--but not acting like one--HIGH FIDELITY is the story of Rob Gordon (John Cusack), the thirtysomething owner of Championship Vinyl, a record store in the suburbs of Chicago. Rob is in the throes of a difficult breakup with his girlfriend Laura (Iben Hjejle), and he creates a list of the ex-girlfriends who qualify as his Top Five Worst Breakups, then tracks them down one by one. At work, Rob's relationship with the geeky guys who help run the store, Dick (Todd Louiso) and Barry (Jack Black), is hilarious and juvenile: The three espouse encyclopedic knowledge of records while making lists of everything from the Top Five Side 1s and Track 1s to the Top Five Songs About Death. Director Stephen Frears works from a script based on the 1996 Nick Hornby novel of the same title, adapted by D.V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, Cusack, and Scott Rosenberg. Frears integrates Cusack's signature goofball antics and gives him a series of talk-to-the-camera, Ferris Bueller-style monologues that Cusack delivers with personal ingenuity.
2000: Golden Globes: Nominated for Best Actor - Comedy/Musical (John Cusack)
2000: BAFTA Awards: Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay
2000: American Film Institute (AFI): Top 10 Movies of the Year
2000: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay
2000: Chicago Film Critics Awards: 2 Nom, incl. Best Supporting Actor (Black)
2000: Boston Society of Film Critics Awards: Nom. for Best Supporting Actor (Black)
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