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The Encore of Tony Duran
The Encore of Tony Duran chronicles the day Tony Duran finally hits bottom and his inspiring rebound from the brink. A victim of personal and financial failure, Tony (Gene Pietragallo) long ago gave up his dreams of singing and performance... But in the Great Recession, even his day job has disappeared, prompting in Tony feelings of self-loathing. Desperate, Tony is prepared to sink to crime to pay his bills, but he finds himself incompetent even at that. Withering under the gaze of the meth dealer, Art (William Katt), Tony becomes a completely broken man: robbed, life-threatened and miserable. He makes his last gamble and loses it all. However, just at the moment his life becomes a complete nightmare, his friend Jerry (Elliott Gould) is there to guide Tony back. Jerry, a retired old school Catskills comedian, incisively pushes Tony to face his own history, to tell the tale of what pushed him out of Hollywood so long ago, and then forces Tony to embark on a course of human transformation and redemption. Jerry makes Tony sing again. Tony must come to terms with his estranged son, Mike (Cody Kasch). Can Mike ever believe that Tony's “Biggest Loser” transformation is for real? Can he believe his father is clean and sober after so many previous disappointments? Tony Duran is at his middle age, and he has lived too many winters in a state of longing. A comfortable life is just out of his reach, and so he disqualifies himself from love. He wishes to talk to Leah (Nikki Ziering), a waitress at the local diner, but he can’t bring himself to speak. Leah is a faded beauty, looking for something real… and Tony needs to believe that he is real before she can. In the end, for Tony-- and for all of us-- it is never too late to jump on a stage and sing, to find a beautiful woman and win her heart, to make a lasting peace with family, or to grab any dream big or small.