High fidelity (film)

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German title High fidelity
Original title High fidelity
Country of production USA , UK
original language English
Publishing year 2000
length 113 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Stephen Frears
script Nick Hornby (author of the book)
DV De Vincentis
Steve Pink
John Cusack
Scott Rosenberg
production Tim Bevan
Rudd Simmons
music Howard Shore
camera Seamus McGarvey
cut Mick Audsley

High Fidelity is a comedy film based on the book of the same name by Nick Hornby . Rob Gordon, the owner of a record store played by John Cusack , goes over his past top five friends and comes to the conclusion that only Laura, his last girlfriend who left him, really means anything to him. However, the young woman is now tied elsewhere.


Record store owner Rob Gordon tells the story of his life and, above all, his love story - turning directly into the camera in a monologue . For example, he sums up his "top five broken relationships", Alison Ashmore, Penny Hardwick, Jacky Alden, Charlie Nicholson, Sarah Kendrew, in view of his broken relationship with Laura, a well-to-do lawyer . While looking back you can see him almost casually coping with his apparently little loved everyday life. As usual, he visits his record store and witnesses the eternal antics of his two buddies and employees, Dick and Barry, two completely opposite characters. While Dick is an intimidated, quiet person, Barry is a self-righteous choleric . However, the trio share their love for music. Nevertheless, the record store is doing badly and Rob is increasingly annoyed by his living conditions and his love life. The only bright spot is initially the acquaintance with the singer Marie de Salle.

In fact, Rob is still very attached to Laura and freaks out when he learns that she has entered into a relationship with Ian, who previously lived above the cohabiting couple for a long time. Short flashbacks show Rob's relationship with Laura, whom he met during his time as a DJ .

When he gets into a crisis of meaning while looking back, Rob decides to visit his top five exes again to find out the causes of his misfortune. He realizes that these women mean nothing to him and only Laura counts for him. After Laura breaks up with her new boyfriend and her father dies, Rob and Laura actually get back together.

Business is also getting better and better for Rob, both in his shop and in his new second job as a music producer for a young skate-punk band. But when he meets a pretty magazine editor, Rob is once again in danger of jeopardizing the relationship by flinging. However, he overcomes his imagination and proposes marriage to Laura instead.


Bruce Springsteen made a cameo as himself in the film . However, he only got that role after Bob Dylan , whom John Cusack actually wanted for this appearance, was not available.

Comparison book / film

Some content changes were made during the adaptation.

  • The story of Rob Fleming (in the book) takes place entirely in England ( London ), while Rob Gordon (in the film ) gains his experience in the USA ( Chicago ).
  • In the book, the character of the introverted Dick is described as follows: strong guy, leather jacket and black, long, greasy hair. In the film, these attributes seem to be assigned to the extroverted Barry ( Jack Black ). Dick, on the other hand, is a bald “normal” guy who wears simple clothes, such as a sweat jacket . Barry's hairstyle is not described in detail in the book.
  • The singer Marie La Salle (in the book) is called Marie De Salle in the film and does not give a concert in Rob's record store, as shown in the book. Her friend T-Bone is not mentioned in the film.
  • In the book, Rob is given the opportunity to acquire an exquisite record collection, which is offered at a bargain price by the owner's betrayed wife - a real treasure! Although this scene was produced for the film (with Beverly D'Angelo as the horned wife), it was cut from the final theatrical version.


“An ironic-critical comedy that casts a loving look at people and their weaknesses. Excellent cast and grandiose staged in both main and supporting roles, the film convinces with its life-affirming message, which shows the abilities inherent in the characters. "

- Lexicon of international film / cinema tip from Catholic film critics

The German Film and Media Assessment FBW in Wiesbaden awarded the film the rating particularly valuable.


The soundtrack for the film was released on Hollywood Records in 1999 .

  1. "You're Gonna Miss Me" - The 13th Floor Elevators
  2. "Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy" - The Kinks
  3. "I'm Wrong About Everything" - John Wesley Harding
  4. "Oh! Sweet Nuthin '" - The Velvet Underground
  5. "Always See Your Face" - Love
  6. "Most of the Time" - Bob Dylan
  7. "Fallen for You" - Sheila Nicholls
  8. "Dry the Rain" - The Beta Band
  9. "Shipbuilding" - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
  10. " Cold Blooded Old Times " - smog
  11. "Let's Get It On" - Barry Jive & The Uptown Five
  12. "Lo Boob Oscillator" - Stereolab
  13. "Inside Game" - Royal Trux
  14. "Who Loves the Sun" - The Velvet Underground
  15. "I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)" - Stevie Wonder


John Cusack received a 2001 Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in the Comedy or Musical category . The screenplay by DV DeVincentis, Steve Pink, John Cusack and Scott Rosenberg received a BAFTA Awards nomination .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ High Fidelity. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed June 11, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used