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The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico


86 minutes – Comedy
Release date: November 11, 2005
DVD release date: April 18, 2006
Canadian distributor: Odeon Films

Back in 1971, actor, singer and songwriter Kris Kristofferson wrote about Canadian-born country music legend, Guy Terrifico in something he called The Pilgrim:

He’s a poet, he`s a picker, he`s a prophet and he`s a pusher.
He’s a pilgrim and a preacher and a problem when he`s stoned.
He’s a walking contradiction, partly truth, mostly fiction.
Taking every wrong direction on that lonely road back home.

Guy was at the zenith of his career, but in what seemed like just moments later, in a blaze of whiskey, pills, cancelled shows and gun shots his career and apparently his life was over. One of the brightest stars of 1970`s country-rock left behind fond memories and outrageous stories. Or so everyone thought. Then 30 years after his “death” a new Guy Terrifico album was released. Naturally this has raised some questions because, as Merle Haggard observed, “It`s real hard to sing when you’re dead.” The strange and debatably short life of Guy Terrifico takes us from the wilds of Canada to the wild times of Nashville and London. Fondly remembered by his contemporaries like Kris Kristofferson, Ronnie Hawkins, Levon Helm and Merle Haggard, Guy`s life story is told through a combination of modern day interviews with his old cohorts and archival footage of Guy back in the day. Ultimately it`s a film about talent and excess, and how sometimes you’ve gotta put the excess behind you before you can discover the real talent.



Nicholas Tabarrok

Executive Producer:

Bryan Gliserman
Palmer West


Michael Mabbott


Michael Mabbott


Adam Swica


Gareth C. Scales


Michael Mabbott
Matt Murphy

Cast: Roles:

Lyriq Bent
Rob Bowman
Donnie Fritts
Merle Haggard
Ronnie Hawkins
Levon Helm
Phil Kaufman
Kris Kristofferson
Dahla MacKenna
Andy Marshall
Thomas Michael
Adrian Morningstar
Matt Murphy
Tim Post
Barbara Radecki
Natalie Radford
Jordan Prentice
Jane Sowerby
Jason Spevack
Michael Stevens
George Stroumboulopoulos
Beatriz Yuste
Randy Butcher
Len Domncheff

Mr. Stuff
Crazed Fan
Rastafarian Priest
Jordan Horton
Guy Terrifico
Father Horton
Mother Horton
Mary Lou Griffiths
Reggie Moshanski
Loni Lipvanchuck
Farley Horton
Concert Rocker
A drunken Cowboy
Stanley Jablowski