The rather dorky title of the upcoming Ricki and the Flash flick, directed by Jonathan Demme, doesn't diminish the fact that rocker Rick Springfield wields a 1968 Gibson SG in the movie, and Academy Award winner Meryl Streep spent six months actually learning how to play guitar — for real — during filming.
This brings to mind real-life guitar players who actually performed with their guitars on the silver screen—and guitar-strumming actors who honed their six-string skills for a real onscreen performance.
So let's consider 15 big guitar moments in film, where reality existed side by side with movie magic...
Purple Rain (1984)
Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck
“Stroll On,” Blow Up (1966)
John Lennon and George Harrison
“If I Fell,” A Hard Day's Night (1964)
School of Rock (2003)
“Minor Swing,” Chocolat (2000)
“Somebody Kill Me,”The Wedding Singer (1998)
“Fallin’ & Flyin’,” Crazy Heart (2009)
“When I Sing About You,” Honkytonk Man (1982)
“Stand Up and Shout,” Rock Star (2001)
“Light of Day,” Light of Day (1987)
Steve Cropper, Matt “Guitar” Murphy and Donald “Duck” Dunn
“Rawhide,” The Blues Brothers (1980)
Christopher Guest and Michael McKean
“Big Bottom,” This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
“The Lady Loves Me,” Viva Las Vegas (1964)