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The Soloist (2009)

Coming Out at April 24, 2009 in theaters.

Biography, Drama, Music

The Soloist is a drama film directed by Joe Wright, and starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. The film was released in theatres on 24 April 2009 and on DVD and Blu-ray August 5.

In 2005, Steve Lopez is a journalist working for the Los Angeles Times. He is divorced and now works for his ex-wife, Mary, an editor. A biking accident lands Lopez in a hospital.

One day, he hears a violin being played beautifully. Investigating, he encounters Nathaniel Ayers, a homeless man with schizophrenia, who is playing a violin when Lopez introduces himself. During the conversation that follows, Lopez learns that Ayers once attended Juilliard.

Curious as to how a former student of such a prestigious school ended up on the streets, Lopez contacts Juilliard but learns that no record of Ayers graduating from it exists. Though at first figuring a man with schizophrenia who’s talented with a cello isn’t worth his time, Lopez soon realizes that he has no better story to write about. Luckily, he soon learns that Ayers did attend Juilliard, but dropped out after two years.

Finding Ayers the next day, Lopez says he wants to write about him. Ayers doesn’t appear to be paying attention. Getting nowhere, Lopez finds and contacts Ayers’ sister, who gives the columnist the information he needs: Ayers was once a child prodigy with the cello, until he began displaying symptoms of schizophrenia at Juilliard.

Director: Joe Wright

Writers: Susannah Grant (screenplay), Steve Lopez (book)

Stars: Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., Catherine Keener, Tom Hollander, LisaGay Hamilton, Nelsan Ellis, Rachael Harris


Jamie FoxxNathaniel Ayers
Robert Downey Jr.Steve Lopez
Catherine KeenerMary Weston
Tom HollanderGraham Claydon
LisaGay HamiltonJennifer Ayers
Nelsan EllisDavid Carter
Rachael HarrisLeslie Bloom
Stephen RootCurt Reynolds
Lorraine ToussaintFlo Ayers
Justin MartinYoung Nathaniel
Kokayi AmpahBernie Carpenter
Patrick TattenPaul Jr.
Susane LeeMarisa (as Susane E. Lee)
Marcos De SilvasMayor Villaraigosa
Ilia VolokHarry Barnoff
Michael BuninAdam Crane
Mike NowakJulliard Conductor
Jena MaloneCheery Lab Tech
Octavia SpencerTroubled Woman
David Jean ThomasAngry Homeless Man
Lemon AndersenUncle Tommy (as Lemon Anderson)
Kevin Michael KeyHomeless Transvestite
Moya BradyBarely Dressed Woman
Orlando AshleyLAMP Homeless Guy
Artel GreatLeon
J.J. BooneShouting Woman
Annie McKnightLAMP Advocate
Bernadette SpeakesHomeless Lady
Anna LevinLeeann (as Lee Anna Levin)
Steve FosterSteve
Vivian GeorgeTeresa (as Vivian Terresa George)
Kevin CohenKK
Courtney AndreCourtney
Teri HughesDetroit
Linda HarrisLinda
Albert OlsonBam Bam
Melissa BlackMelissa
Valarie HudspethMama Grouch
Darryl Black Sr.Darryl
Kiana ParkerKiana
Hazard BannerHazard
Russell BrownRussell
Kenneth HenrySimone
Jacqueline Sue WestJackie
Joyre ManuelAshley
Lorinda Hawkins SmithSinging Woman (as Lorinda Hawkins)
Annette ValleyAnnette
Patrick KellyPatrick
Quiana FarrowQuiana
Tony GenaroGlobe Lobby Guard
Charlie WeirauchAtheist
Wayne LopezCop With Tents
Joe Hernandez-KolskiEMT #1
Noel GugliemiWinston Street Cop (as Noel G.)
Paul CruzEMT #2
Wil GarretHomeless Man
Halbert HernandezEMT #3 (as Halbert Bernal)
Alejandro PatiñoConstruction Worker
Karole SelmonHomeless Woman #1
Rob NagleNeil
Patricia PlaceCello Donor
Ralph Cole Jr.Enraged Homeless Man
Gladys KhanReception Nurse (as Gladys Peters)
Palma Lawrence ReedER Nurse
Isabel HubmannLaid-Off Employee
Bonita JeffersonHomeless Woman #2
Eshana O’NealWinston Street Prostitute
Myia HubbardYoung Jennifer Ayers
Iyanna NewbornMiss Little John
Bronwyn HardyBeauty Shop Girl
Troy BlendellNew Editor
Nick NerviesJennifer’s Son
Paul NorwoodEditor
Don AbernathyLos Angeles Times Employee
Justin AguilaHomeless man
Rio AhnMayor Villaraigosa’s Aide
Meggan AndersonFlutist
Julia Anna BarriosE.R Visitor (Hoochie)
Laura BecknerJuilliard Student
Matt BesserCommuter #4
Elena Nikitina BickBallerina
Kimberly BishopLA Times Staff
Pete BrownComposer
Joshua CabreraTeenage Musician
Gerry CarbajalPoliceman
Jason CekanskiBrawling Frat Guy
Mike CochraneHomeless Man
David CohenPhotographer
Ingrid CoreeNurse
Bridget CoulterDisney Hall Patron
Elise D’OrazioConcert Attendee
Doby DaengerMental Patient
Youlanda DavisBag Lady
Aurelius DiBarsantiParamedic
Bonita DorssomAirport Extra
Johnny DroccoHospital Orderly
Windy DuncanRadisson Guest
Paul EdneyDriver
S. Zev EsquenaziSgt. Hendrickson
Angela FeatherstoneCommuter #1

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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