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From the director of the Academy Award®-nominated “Atonement,” Joe Wright, and starring Oscar® winner Jamie Foxx and Oscar® nominee Robert Downey Jr., comes this poignant and ultimately soaring tale. It is based on an incredible true story of a disenchanted journalist’s transformative odyssey through the hidden streets of Los Angeles, where he discovers and builds a most unlikely friendship with a man from those same streets, bonding through the redemptive power of music.
Columnist Steve Lopez (Downey) is at a dead end. The newspaper business is in an uproar, his marriage to a fellow journalist has fallen apart and he can’t entirely remember what he loved about his job in the first place. Then, one day, while walking through Los Angeles’ Skid Row, he sees the mysterious bedraggled figure Nathaniel Ayers (Foxx), pouring his soul into a two-stringed violin. At first, Lopez approaches Ayers as just another story idea in a city of millions. But as he begins to unearth the mystery of how this alternately brilliant and distracted street musician, once a dynamic prodigy headed for fame, wound up living in tunnels and doorways, it sparks an unexpected quest. Imagining he can change Ayers’ life, Lopez embarks on a quixotic mission to get him off the streets and back to the world of music. But even as he fights to save Ayers’ life, he begins to see that it is Ayers – with his unsinkable passion, his freedom-loving obstinacy and his valiant attempts at connection and love – who is profoundly changing Lopez.
DreamWorks Pictures and Universal Pictures Present In Association with StudioCanal and Participant Media A Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment Production In Association with Working Title Films “The Soloist” starring Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., Catherine Keener, Tom Hollander and LisaGay Hamilton. The film is directed by Joe Wright from a screenplay by Susannah Grant based on the book by Steve Lopez. The producers are Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff. The executive producers are Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Jeff Skoll and Patricia Whitcher. The director of photography is Seamus McGarvey, B.S.C. The production designer is Sarah Greenwood. The editor is Paul Tothill, A.C.E. The costume designer is Jacqueline Durran. The music is by Dario Marianelli. This film has been rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some drug use, and language. Distributed by Paramount Pictures Corporation.
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