DVD 113 mins IMDB 7.6 (35,841 votes)
High Fidelity
Buena Vista (2000)
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Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
UK  /  English

John Cusack Rob Gordon
Iben Hjejle Laura
Jack Black Barry
Todd Louiso Dick
Lisa Bonet Marie DeSalle
Joan Cusack Liz
Sara Gilbert Anaugh
Joelle Carter Penny
Catherine Zeta-Jones Charlie
Chris Rehmann Vince
Tim Robbins Ian 'Ray' Raymond
Ben Carr Justin
Lili Taylor Sarah Kendrew
Natasha Gregson Wagner Caroline Fortis
Shannon Stillo Alison Ashmore
Drake Bell Young Rob Gordon

Director Stephen Frears
Producer Tim Bevan; Rudd Simmons
Writer Nick Hornby; D.V. DeVincentis; John Cusack; Steve Pink; Scott Rosenberg
Cinematography Seamus McGarvey
Musician Craig Braginsky; Liz Phair; Mark Sayfritz; Howard Shore
User Credit 1 Mick Audsley
User Credit 2 Laura Cunningham

A man discovers that there's more to love than a good mixed tape in this dramatic comedy about music and relationships. Rob (John Cusack), an obsessive record collector in his mid-thirties, is struggling to reconcile his adolescent enthusiasm for pop music with adult responsibilities and a more mature outlook. He runs a record shop with his friends Barry (Jack Black) and Dick (Todd Louiso), who are known to drive away customers whose taste in music doesn't match their exacting standards — which may have something to do with why the shop is losing money. But Rob's biggest problem is his failing relationship with Laura (Iben Hjejle), a lawyer who needs more out of the relationship than Rob is capable of giving. To Rob's horror, Laura starts dating Ian (Tim Robbins), his upstairs neighbor, known throughout the building for his long and noisy sex sessions. Rob, on the other hand, finds himself catching the attention of singer/songwriter Marie DeSalle (Lisa Bonet), as he tries to deal with his breakup by tracking down his previous ex-girlfriends and taking a fresh look at what he's been doing wrong. Based on the acclaimed novel by Nick Hornby, High Fidelity also features Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lili Taylor, and Joelle Carter as three of Rob's ex-lovers, and Sara Gilbert as Dick's new girlfriend, who gets a crash course in U.K. punk bands that influenced Green Day. — Mark Deming

Edition Details
Barcode 717951009944
Region Region 1
Chapters 29
Release Date 9/19/2000
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Conversations with Writer/Producer John Cusack and Director Stephen Frears
Deleted Scenes
Theatrical Trailer
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 1 Language and some sexuality.
User Text 2 A comedy about fear of commitment, hating your job, falling in love and other pop favorites.
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Trivia: One of the CDs stolen by Vince and Justin is Plush's "More You Becomes You." Liam Hayes, singer, songwriter and keyboardist for Plush, appears in the bar scene where Rob recalls meeting Laura. (more)

Goofs: Incorrectly regarded as goofs: Gordon mentions "Radiation Ruling the Nation" as one of his favorite side A, nr. 1 tracks; he correctly identifies it as coming from the album "No Protection" (an album of remixes, and not the first release of the song). Arguably, this isn't a Massive Attack album, since it's actually remixes by Mad Professor. But the list is not restricted to debut albums, as some misinterpreted it. (more)

[first lines]
Rob: What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?

Awards: Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 17 nominations (more)