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Roadie (2011)

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After 20 years on the road with Blue Oyster Cult, Jimmy Testagros returns to his hometown to life with his ailing mother. Complications arise when he falls for an old friend, who is now married to his longtime nemesis.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Eldard ... Jimmy
Jill Hennessy ... Nikki
Bobby Cannavale ... Randy Stevens
Lois Smith ... Mom
David Margulies ... Don Muller
Catherine Wolf ... Marilyn Muller
Suzette Gunn ... Lizette (as Suzette 'Azariah' Gunn)
Gary Cruz Gary Cruz ... Hispanic Store Owner
Anthony Mangano ... Male Cop
Lourdes Martin Lourdes Martin ... Female Cop
Jarlath Conroy Jarlath Conroy ... Wes, Motel Clerk
Lynne Lipton Lynne Lipton ... Waitress
Arian Moayed ... Irfan
Diana Ravelo Diana Ravelo ... Yopi
Darrell Vanterpool Darrell Vanterpool ... Teen
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For over 20 years, Jimmy Testagross has lived his childhood dream: being a roadie for his childhood heroes, Blue Oyster Cult. But the band's Arena-Rock glory days are a distant memory. County fairs and club gigs pay the bills. And Jimmy has become a casualty of these leaner times. With no place to go, no job prospects, and no real skills outside of being a roadie, Jimmy needs to regroup. So he returns to his childhood home in Queens, Ny. There, he revisits old relationships: his ailing, widower mom, a high school crush, a former nemesis and, most importantly, his relationship with himself. Jimmy, the middle-aged man-child, has never grown up. He still carries the resentments and frustrations of his youth, and has allowed them to fester and define who and what he is. Confronted with his mother's illness, Jimmy has a choice: let go of the past and take responsibility for both himself and the woman who raised and now needs him. Or continue to live a life of lies and frustration. Written by Gerald Cuesta

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Sex Drugs and Rock 'n Roll See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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Rated R for pervasive language and some drug content

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Гастролер See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,661, 8 January 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,556, 22 January 2012
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The song used while Jimmy is setting up the instruments for the band is "Then Came the Last Days of May" by Blue Oyster Cult. See more »

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Nikki plays the first track on the Good Rats' Ratcity In Blue. The track that we hear is Advertisement in the Voice which is the third track on Side 2. See more »

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Real People Who Love Music With Some Very Real Problems
7 January 2012 | by peteseaSee all my reviews

Jimmy was a roadie for Blue Oyster Cult all his adult life who has - painfully and wrongfully according to him - been fired by the band and left by them somewhere in the wilds of Michigan. With nowhere else to go, he makes his way back home to Queens where he has not been since his father's death many, many years before. He has barely spoken with his mother in the interim and now he overstates his role with the band to her - manager, writer, producer, etc. He tries to collect himself to deal with this massive setback, but he is not making the situation any better with angry calls to the band's actual manager.

I think that roadie is one of the coolest jobs in the world next to rock star and Jimmy does as well. I, too, would have major problems dealing with his rude awakening after so many years and the loss of his livelihood and dream.

Out for some butter for his Mom's famous tuna melts, Jimmy runs into a high school classmate who is and was quite a butt-head who is now married to Jimmy's first love, Nikki. Jimmy and Nikki wind up back in his boyhood room which is untouched by time and looks like a "rock and roll museum" according to Nikki.

Out of his vinyl record collection, Nikki pulls out Ratcity In Blue by, local 70s favorites, the Good Rats and they listen to a couple of tracks. This brings back memories of seeing the band every Saturday night with their friend Steph - who passed away unbeknownst to Jimmy.

This movie is about real people, with lots of issues, who love music and are dealing with some very real problems. If you enjoy music, have been on the road with a band or thought about doing so (one of my life's regrets is turning down an offer to be a roadie) you will really like this movie.

Full disclosure - I also own this "original" album with the cool pizza sleeve art, am a huge Good Rats fan and may have seen Steph, Nikki and Jimmy at one of those Saturday night shows back in the day. My heartfelt thanks go to Gerald and Michael Cuesta for a wonderful film and soundtrack including these New York music legends and a great version of Jackson Browne's Stay by Adam Duritz of the Counting Crows. Did they misspell "Peppi" Marchello in the closing thanks to him?


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