in the 2014 American comedy-drama film ‘St. Vincent’, Bill Murray closes the credits with an improvised and touching scene where he potters around his back yard; smoking, watering a dead plant with a US flag upon display, and singing along with Bob Dylan’s song ‘Shelter From The Storm’ (1976, Blood On The Tracks).
You can watch the scene here:
‘St. Vincent’ :
St. Vincent is a 2014 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Theodore Melfi, making his “theatrical feature film debut.” The film stars Bill Murray as the title character and features Jaeden Lieberher, Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd, and Naomi Watts.
The film had its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival where it was voted second runner-up as “People’s Choice Award for Best Film.”It received a limited theatrical release on October 10, 2014, and expanded to a wide release on October 24. The same day, it was released on Netflix in France
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“St. Vincent” Soundtrack Tracklisting
1. Everyone Hides / Jeff Tweedy
2. Try Loving Me / The Webs
3. Somebody To Love / Jefferson Airplane
4. Why Why Why / Jeff Tweedy
5. You Da One / Ca$hizz Klay featuring Fingazz
6. Stripper Pole / Nyzzy Nyce
7. One Toke Over The Line / Brewer & Shipley
8. Further On / Bronze Radio Return
9. Hard to Find / JD & The Straight Shot
10. Start A War / The National
11. Molodaya Luna / Vechyaslav Samarin
12. Shelter From The Storm / Bob Dylan
Boby Dylan Shelter from the Storm – Live (1976 Rolling Thunder Tour)
William James “Bill” Murray (born September 21, 1950) is an American actor, comedian, and writer. He first gained exposure on Saturday Night Live, a role which earned him his first Emmy Award and later went on to star in comedy films, including Meatballs (1979), Caddyshack(1980), Stripes (1981), Tootsie (1982), Ghostbusters (1984), Scrooged (1988), Ghostbusters II (1989), What About Bob? (1991), andGroundhog Day (1993). He also co-directed Quick Change (1990).
Glenn Whipp in the LA Times wrote about how the scene came about:
“Yes, we know: Nobody sings Dylan like Dylan, but in his new movie, “St. Vincent,” Bill Murray performs a pretty wonderful version of “Shelter From the Storm” over the closing credits.
You can watch a version of Murray’s work with this video, though the full performance, which cuts between two takes, runs through the entirety of the movie’s closing credits. It should all but guarantee that no one will leave this film before the lights go up.
When we spoke earlier to “St. Vincent” writer-director Ted Melfi, he revealed that he had originally planned to end the movie with an elaborate shot involving special effects but then came to think that it was too much of a manipulative “Hollywood” moment. So he asked Murray: What if you just went out to the backyard and sang a song?
“It was ‘Shelter From the Storm’ from the start,” Melfi says. “I love it. It’s Harvey Weinstein’s [whose company is releasing the movie] favorite song. I tell Bill, and he says, ‘Well, that’s one of my favorite songs of all time.’ So it’s kismet.””
Other links between Bill Murray and Bob Dylan…
Bob Dylan and Bill Murray were both guests on the final David Letterman Late Show on May 19, 2015:
The Bill Murray movie Rock The Kasbah (2015) uses Bob Dylan’s ‘*Knockin On Heaven’s Door*’ for a battle scene in Afghanistan. The clip can be seen in parts at the following link:
‘Rock The Kasbah’ Wikipedia page:
Hunter S. Thompson
Bob Dylan played the Janus Jazz Festival in Aspen, Colorado on September 1, 2002.
Hunter S. Thompson had a home in Aspen, and Bob Dylan was photographed with Thompson. Of course, Hunter S. Thompson had dedicated his book ‘Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas’ to Bob Dylan and arranged to have ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’ played at his funeral. It is said that Thompson and Dylan knew each other from Greenwich Village in the 1960s, and there are many connections and correlations between the two men.
A picture of Bob and Hunter in 2002:
Bill Murray had played the role of Hunter S. Thompson in the 1980 movie ‘_Where The Buffalo Roam_’. This was a semi-autobiographical comedy film about Thompson’s rise to fame in the 1970s. Murray became close to Thompson on set, they had a rivalry and Murray managed to capture the ‘gonzo’ journalist’s mannerisms for the movie to an uncanny degree, even though the movie was not a critical success.
Original Soundtrack of ‘Where the Buffalo Roam’
‘Where The Buffalo Roam’ Wikipedia page:
Bill Murray with Hunter S. Thompson:
And don’t fall for the photoshopped pictures – they were wearing matching ‘Amazing X Navy’ t-shirts in the original shots. 😉