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The Soloist [DVD]

Jamie Foxx , Robert Downey Jr. , Joe Wright    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey Jr.
  • Directors: Joe Wright
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Danish, Finnish, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Dubbed: Hungarian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Sep 2010
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001N2MUYI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,630 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Sometimes people randomly cross paths, and forever will be changed. That's the subtle, yet profound, message of The Soloist, a deeply moving and deeply human film about people and what, and whom, they connect with. Robert Downey Jr., who is effortlessly charismatic, plays Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez, whose job it is to report on the character and characters, of Southern California. But even a (slightly) jaded reporter can be profoundly touched by a story he reports on, and then allows to unfold in real time. The subject of Lopez's column is Nathaniel Ayers (Jamie Foxx, also in a stellar turn), a homeless street musician whose lovely music--played on a battered two-string violin--Lopez hears one day on a walk not far from the Times office. Lopez learns Ayers once attended Juilliard before mental illness sent him into a spiral, and the column detailing Ayers' journey touches the community--as well as both men. The film (based on Lopez's book, follows the halting journey of their friendship, and how sometimes people's lives can't be fixed. Director Joe Wright (Atonement) cast real homeless Angelenos in the many street and social services scenes, giving the film an even more heart-wrenching and realistic patina. If the film doesn't always live up to its high aspirations (the trippy effects, which supposedly show what Ayers sees when he hears Beethoven, are straight out of a 1968 light show), it nonetheless has a big heart. And in an era in which newspapers are struggling to survive, it's heartening to see a contemporary story about a newspaper that can still affect change. --A.T. Hurley

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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For me, this is a beautiful and well-crafted film. As a mental health professional, my focus may be a bit different from that of other reviewers on and .com. My contribution however is to suggest that it offers real insight into some of the ethical dilemas and transference issues between client and staff/carers. Of course, we have in the film a self-styled "leader" rather than a professional but issues of autonomy and power also come into force, even for those with years of training and accreditation. Put more simply, it raises the issue of the choices we allow individuals and how different groups or individuals seek to shape society. I could say a lot more but my simple advice is watch the film! It's moving and may be distressing but it would be wrong to expect anything else of a portrayal of psychotic illness. Don't just watch the film but, if you can, look at the rest of the material on the DVD, including the invitation to volunteer in your neighbourhood to challenge stigma and include people with mental health difficulties.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars touching and real 28 Dec 2009
I didn't know what to expect from this film, had no knowledge of the background, hadn't even seen a clip or trailer. Very superficially I watched it simply because it was Robert Downey Junior! I appreciate the 'realness' of this film. Without giving the ending away, it is refreshing to see Hollywood treat mental illness with some sense of reality rather than patronising it or providing a 'miracle cure'. Both Robert Downey and Jamie Foxx are brilliant in this film and provide convincing performances.
The film may be a bit slow to get off the ground, but it draws you in, and provides a message that maybe society needs to listen to where mental illness is concerned. I would highly recommend this film.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving 17 Nov 2010
I knew a little bit about this film having read an article on the real life 'story'. i also knew that you really can't go wrong with the new and improved Robert Downey jr and the always brilliant Jamie Fox so was very much looking forward to watching this film.
One piece of advice before i give you my opinion - Don't start watching this as a filler during doing other stuff,get yourself comfy and remove all distractions. oh maybe get some tissues.
I loved this film,i put it on and was totally ingrossed. The way it was filmed, the acting, the music (and im not a huge classical music fan) and the story being told. i found myself immersed in it all,so much so that when Mr Lopez is at the bar drinking shots i could smell sambucca!! it was not Hollywoodised, it was a story that should and needed to be told, about both mental issues and the homeless and was told delightfully.
Please please watch.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Soloist 12 Feb 2010
By Jon1
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I saw this DVD advertised in "The Big Issue". When it arrived and i watched it i was not disappointed. This is one of the few Dramas which is based on a real story and brings to the forefront, the extreme and horrendous poverty and homelessness in the USA. In my view it addresses sensitively the value of friendship and companionship which can impact positively on peoples mental health and spiritual wellbeing. It is an interesting film and well acted by Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey jnr. You do need to take account of the over dramatisation in parts. Having said all this, it is worth viewing. On the down side i was hoping for more of the great music, but i suppose there is only so much which can be included on a standard DVD.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 9 July 2014
By Misty
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Had never heard of this film bought it on the reviews I read, was not disappointed. Made all the more enjoyable because it was based on a true story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One my best movie see ! 7 Jun 2014
By Wayne
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The soloist is a really interesting about a musicien that living in the streets who's well interpret by Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. is great of course !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good film 30 Mar 2014
By xena
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two excellent actors Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr, excellent story very watchable. funny, sad, true story. extras are worth watching.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars The Soloist DVD
A Good and enjoyable DVD. I recommend if you like Jamie Fox Happy with this item
Published 7 days ago by lil
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good film
Published 1 month ago by m stockdale
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVELY STORY
Published 6 months ago by Wendy Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars RDJ
Have liked RDJ for many years an the combination of him and Jamie Foxx is brilliant. Bought for my daughter as Christmas gift, I hope she likes it as much as me.
Published 9 months ago by Mrs Isabelle Harris
2.0 out of 5 stars Movie was OK
The movie was OK as a story line goes. the only problem is it froze in the middle of the movie.
Published 12 months ago by Dolly Lewinson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Soloist - A film not to be missed!
a gripping true story of someone battling with an illness and of a 'good samaritan' who made such a difference to his life.
Published 12 months ago by Millie Giles
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
not my fave film but anything with RDJ in it is fine with me. Its a bit slow and to be honest, I gave up listening and just ogled RDJ
Published 13 months ago by happyshopper
1.0 out of 5 stars Could finish film due to disc crashing FAULTY DVD
I brought this dvd about 2 months ago but always forgot to watch it.. when I did go and watch it lastnight I got up to 56 mins and the dvd crashed and wouldnt go no further.. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jeanette Mcnally
1.0 out of 5 stars Faulty DVD
We ordered this DVD back in March. After just getting around to watching the film (we are big film lovers and have an exciting backlog), a fault prevents us from moving past... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Steve Gregg
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