The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico

Genre:  Comedy
Running Time:  86 min.
Release Date: November 11, 2005 (limited)
DVD: April 18, 2006

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Cast: Matt Murphy, Ronnie Hawkins, Leon Helm, Kris Kristofferson, Barbara Radecki, Natalie Radford


Born "trailing clouds of glory" (to cite Wordsworth), and dying in 1971 in a blaze of whiskey, pills, cancelled shows and gunshots, Canada's greatest tunesmith returns from the dead after 30 years with a mysterious "new album" called Retribution Honkytonkus. The film is rounded out amid rare archival footage, mythology, and admiring testimonials from Kris Kristofferson, Ronnie Hawkins, Levon Helm and Merle Haggard, the inescapable question begins to coalesce uncomfortably: Did Guy really die that fateful night as legend has it? Or is he actually still alive after all these years hiding out and strumming his guitar on some island paradise?

Guy Terrifico's life is a classic tale of passionate self-creation followed by desperate de-creation. He was raised in Alberta as Jim Jablowski, but claimed to have been born in Canton, Ohio on the same strip of road where Hank Williams died. His recording and hell-raising was financed by either God or the Devil, via a lottery jackpot in which the winning numbers were supposedly Dolly Parton's measurements.

Canadian Connection  Canadian Connection: Partly filmed in Toronto, Ontario. Some cast members are Canadian.

Director: Michael Mabbot
Studio: Odeon Films
Producer(s): Nicholas Tabarrok
Screenplay: Michael Mabbot
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