Goodbye Solo

Synopsis: On the lonely roads of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, two men forge an improbable friendship that will change both of their lives forever. Solo is a Senegalese cab driver working to provide a better life for his young family. William is a tough Southern good ol' boy with a lifetime of regrets. One man's American dream is just beginning, while the other's is quickly winding down. But despite their differences, both men soon realize they need each other more than either is willing to admit. Through this unlikely but unforgettable friendship, GOODBYE SOLO deftly explores the passing of a generation as well as the rapidly changing face of America.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Ramin Bahrani
Production: Roadside Attractions
  4 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min

Why are you laughing?

- I'm not laughing, just--

- No.

- But last time I thought--

- No.

You told me it would cost $200.

I'll give you a thousand

to take me there on October 20th.

But last time I was talking shit

because I thought you were talking shit.

I'm sorry, sir.

I apologize for my language.

Sorry about that.

I really never checked out the price.

I even forgot--

Yo, what up, player?.

Yeah, I'm just chillin' here, man.

North Side in an hour.

I got you.

Yo, big dawg,

let me call you back, all right?.

I'll call you right back. Peace.

So you're serious?.

It's my birthday today, man.

- What?.

- It's got to be my birthday.

A thousand dollars?.

That's a lot of money.

I don't give a shit if it's your birthday.

Can you do it or not?.

You said Blowing Rock, right?.

You want me to take you

two hours from here

on top of some mountain where

you're not meeting nobody,

and you don't want to come back.

- That's what you said, right?.

- I told you all this before.

I don't want to repeat myself to you

and every cabbie in Winston-Salem.

Yeah, but, big dawg,

this is kind of strange.

You got to give me that, right?.

You know?.

You want to talk about something?.

Forget it.

I'll call and get another driver.

- No, big dawg, no--

- Forget it.

I'm your driver. Come on.

I'm your driver, man.

Don't call the other drivers.

They're not good.

I'll telling you, they're not good.

Don't call them.

You know?. Just that--

What are you going to do there, anyway?.

Are you going to go camping?.

Are you going there to chill

with the trees and the birds?.

You like birds, big dawg?.

Are you going to fly away?.

You're not going to jump, right?.

You're not going to do that.

Tomorrow's going to be

a better day, you know?.

- You're just going to the movie now--

- How about a hundred-dollar deposit?.

The rest also in cash on October 20th

when you pick me up.

That's fine. That's cool.

Yo, big dawg!

Yo, William!

That's my cell phone, all right?.

Call me on this one.

Don't call the dispatch anymore.

It's for my preferred client, okay?.

Have a good night.

Marketplace Cinemas.

All right. Call me on Bobworth,

off of South Main Street.

All right. 6-4 out.

What's up, Ken?.

You want a cab?.

- All right. Thank you, ma'am.

- Morning, Pork Chop.

- Good morning, Solo.

- How are you doing?.

- Fine. And you?.

- I'm chillin'.

Listen. Remember the trip

you gave me yesterday

from the Crystal Towers Apartment

to the movie?.

If this guy calls again,

please give me that trip, all right?.

How am I supposed to know who's calling?.

His name is William.

You know, just ask.

I can't do it, and you know I can't.

- Come on, Cab 1.

- Come on, Pork Chop.

You know I'm not supposed

to give out trips like that.

A beautiful girl like you,

you can do whatever you want.

You're rocking this place, you know?.

Cab 1, give 1 641 B.

He's just a friend.

- You know what I'm saying?.

- 1 641 B, Lincoln.

Listen, when are we going to have

our steak at O'Charley's?.

- Steak at O'Charley's?.

- And a Tom Collins.

- Tom Collins?.

- Yeah.

Yo, Mamadou, thank you.

All right.

So you need a ride for the next trip?.

- No, I'm good. Thanks.

- All right.


Solo, don't get in our bed

until you take a shower.

And your breakfast is in the fridge.

Bonjour again.

Bonjour again, Solo.

"Captain Abisha Slade had a slave--

"his name was Stephen--

"who produced the first

bright leaf tobacco in 1 839

in Caswell County."

That's right here.

"The farmer needed sandy soil,

and the Appalachian Piedmont has it."

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