Ricki and the Flash

Ricki and the Flash

2015 film directed by Jonathan Demme
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Ricki and the Flash is a 2015 American musical comedy-drama film directed by Jonathan Demme and written by Diablo Cody, about a woman who leaves her family to become a rock star and later gets a chance to make amends. The film stars Meryl Streep, Mamie Gummer, Kevin Kline, Sebastian Stan, Rick Springfield, Audra McDonald and Ben Platt. The film marks Streep and Kline's third collaboration after Sophie's Choice (1982) and A Prairie Home Companion (2006). It was Demme's final dramatic film before his death on April 26, 2017.

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  • August 7, 2015 (2015-08-07)
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101 minutes
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United States
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English
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$30 million
Box office
$41.3 million

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(from trailer)
Pete: You brought your guitar.
Ricki: Yeah, just the one
  • The story is loosely based on Diablo Cody's real life mother-in-law who has been singing rock and roll for many years.
  • Rick Springfield, who plays Ricki's boyfriend and bandmate Greg, has had a long career as both a rock performer (including the perennial radio hit "Jessie's Girl," which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 1981) and as an actor (he has had regular roles on such TV shows as "General Hospital" and "True Detective").
  • The apartment complex where Linda (Meryl Streep) lived was the same apartment complex used in the first Karate Kid movie.
  • The film is dedicated to the memory of Rick Rosas, who died a little after of the filming after a lung disease. Rosas was a bassist who had a long-time friendship with Neil Young, playing together him in The Bluenotes, Crazy Horse and with the own Young in his solo career. He too had collaborate with other bands as Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young along the years.
  • This marks the third time Mamie Gummer and real life mother Meryl Streep have worked together on film. First in the movie Heartburn (1986) then in Evening (2007)!

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