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Be Kind Rewind (2008)

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Be Kind Rewind is a comedy film written and directed by Michel Gondry, and starring Jack Black, Mos Def, Melonie Diaz, Danny Glover, Mia Farrow and Sigourney Weaver. The film first appeared on January 20, 2008 at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. It was later shown at the Berlin International Film Festival. The film opened on February 22, 2008 in the United Kingdom and in North America.

The title is inspired by a phrase that was commonly displayed on video rental cassettes in America during the medium’s heyday.

In Passaic, New Jersey, the declining “Be Kind Rewind” VHS rental store owned by Mr. Horace Fletcher is due to be demolished to make way for high-end development unless he can find the money to renovate his building, despite his claims that jazz pianist Fats Waller was born in that building. His building is condemned as a slum and the officials give him 60 days to upgrade the building to the required standards or they will demolish it.

Mr. Fletcher leaves on a trip for several days joining some friends to memorialize Waller, as well as visiting a DVD rental store to learn efficient and modernized ways of running a video rental store, leaving his only employee, Mike, to tend to the store. Before leaving Mr. Fletcher cautions Mike to keep his paranoid and klutzy conspiracy theorist friend, Jerry, away from the store

Director: Michel Gondry

Writer: Michel Gondry

Stars: Jack Black, Yasiin Bey, Danny Glover, Mia Farrow, Melonie Diaz, Irv Gooch, Chandler Parker

►Cast:

Jack BlackJerry
Yasiin BeyMike (as Mos Def)
Danny GloverMr. Fletcher
Mia FarrowMiss Falewicz
Melonie DiazAlma
Irv GoochWilson
Chandler ParkerCraig
Arjay SmithManny
Quinton AaronQ
Gio PerezRandy
Basia RosasAndrea
Tomasz SoltysCarl
Marcus Carl FranklinKid 1
Blake HightowerKid 2
Amir Ali SaidKid 3
David SlotkoffJack
Frank HeinsPatrick
Heather LawlessSherry
Karolina WydraGabrielle Bochenski
Harvey HoganVideo Store Customer
Ted McElweeVideo Store Customer
Walter HelbigVideo Store Customer
Victor DickersonMan in Video Store #1
David M. SheppardMan in Video Store #2
Marc Alan AustenMan in Video Store #3
Paul BarmanYoung Man Watching TV
Karen SpitzerYoung Woman Watching TV
Allie Woods Jr.Doctor Bent
McKinley PageBrother McDuff
Francisco FabianSimon from the Copy Shop
Kishu ChandAlma’s Sister
Ann LongoMiss Falewicz’s Friend
Parrie HodgesMiss Falewicz’s Friend / Fats’ Mom
Kid CreoleWest Coast Video Employee Passaic (as August Darnell)
Jon GlaserWest Coast Video Employee NYC
P.J. ByrneMr. Baker
Marceline HugotCity Hall Employee
John TormeyDemolition Chief
Frank GirardeauOfficer Gary
Matt WalshOfficer Julian
Paul DinelloMr. Rooney
Sigourney WeaverMs. Lawson
Sacha BourdoMan in queue
Olivia CoronelKid Playing at the Park
Steve CropperFats Waller’s fan in train
Anthony GuerinoLaundromat Patron
Booker T. JonesFats Waller’s fan in train
Loukas PapasTophat Harry
Jimmy ScottFats Waller’s fan in train
McCoy TynerFats Waller’s fan in train
Todd Travis WarrickStore Patron

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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