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Duets -- DUETS is a road-trip comedy which revolves around the little-known world of karaoke and the whimsical characters who inhabit it.  All roads lead to Omaha, site of a national karaoke competition where this motley choir come together for the ultimate sing-off.
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Writer (WGA):
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15 September 2000 (USA) See more »
Six lost souls in search of a little harmony. See more »
A professional karaoke hustler reconnects with his daughter and a bored suburban businessman turns outlaw karaoke singer, among other plotlines. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lochlyn Munro ... Ronny Jackson
Carol Alexander ... Beth the Hostess

Michael Rogers ... Tulsa Bartender

Huey Lewis ... Ricky Dean
Amanda Kravat ... Redhead

Paul Giamatti ... Todd Woods
Ian Robison ... Sales Guy
Roger Haskett ... Sales Guy
John Payne ... Sales Guy

Scott Speedman ... Billy
Tom Bougers ... Desk Sergeant

Marian Seldes ... Harriet Gahagan
Angie Phillips ... Arlene

Steve Oatway ... Ralph Beckerman
Erika von Tagen ... Julie (as Erika Von Tagen)

Kiersten Warren ... Candy Woods
Laura Murdoch ... Dead Showgirl

Gwyneth Paltrow ... Liv

Angie Dickinson ... Blair

Roman Danylo ... Albuquerque Desk Clerk

Keegan Connor Tracy ... Sheila (as Keegan Tracy)
Ann Warn Pegg ... Taffy

Maria Bello ... Suzi Loomis
Ron Small ... Old Homeless Man
Tony Marr ... Japanese Business Man
Brian Jensen ... Cincinnati Bartender
Tom Heaton ... Charlie

Andre Braugher ... Reggie Kane
Andrew Johnston ... Shop Manager
Wyley Vlahovic ... Desert Joint Man

Beverley Elliott ... Desert Joint Woman (as Beverly Elliott)
Diane Brown ... Desert Joint Hostess
Warren Takeuchi ... Texas Trooper #1

Aaron Pearl ... Buddy
J.B. Bivens ... Clark
Candus Churchill ... Karaoke Woman

Brent Butt ... Kansas Motel Clerk

David Neale ... Desk Manager

Mike Mitchell ... K.C. Gas Station Attendant (as Mike 'Mitch' Mitchell)

Iris Quinn ... K.C. Hostess

Brenda Crichlow ... Omaha Clerk

Maya Rudolph ... Omaha Karaoke Hostess

Marlaina Andre ... Finale Singer

Michael Bublé ... Finale Singer
'Karaoke Karl' Detken ... Finale Singer

Dan Joffre ... Finale Singer
Nicole Parker ... Finale Singer (as Nicole Parker-Smith)
Erin Wright ... Finale Singer
Anita Dutton ... Tonia Kasper
Larry Dutton ... Hobie Kasper

Gary Hetherington ... Omaha Police Captain

John Pinette ... John
Susan Campbell ... Airline Representative
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

James Cameron ... Karaoke singer (uncredited)

Mark Hoeppner ... Desert Joint Bartender (uncredited)
Kolja Liquette ... Hospital Orderly (uncredited)
Arnold McCuller ... Reggie Kane (singing voice) (uncredited)

Bill Taylor ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Bruce Paltrow 
Writing credits
John Byrum (written by)

Produced by
Katherine E. Beyda .... associate producer
John Byrum .... producer
Neil Canton .... executive producer
Kevin Jones .... producer
Tony Ludwig .... executive producer
Lee R. Mayes .... executive producer
Bruce Paltrow .... producer
Alan Riche .... executive producer
Original Music by
David Newman 
Cinematography by
Paul Sarossy (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Gerald B. Greenberg  (as Jerry Greenberg)
Casting by
Kathy Driscoll  (as Kathleen Driscoll-Mohler)
Francine Maisler 
Production Design by
Sharon Seymour 
Art Direction by
William Heslup 
Set Decoration by
Lesley Beale 
Costume Design by
Mary Claire Hannan 
Makeup Department
Ian C. Ballard .... key hair stylist (as Ian Ballard)
Tina Earnshaw .... key makeup artist
Joann Fowler .... key makeup artist (as Jo Ann Fowler)
Kay Georgiou .... key hair stylist
Stacey Butterworth .... wig maker (uncredited)
Production Management
Katherine E. Beyda .... unit production manager
Kasandra Greene .... trainee production manager (as Kasandra Greene-Griebel)
Laura Tateishi .... production supervisor: Las Vegas (as Laura 'LT' Tateishi)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Brebner .... first assistant director
Kevin Fair .... second assistant director (as Kevin G. Fair)
David Fudge .... second assistant director: Las Vegas
Jack Gill .... second unit director
Jeff Mosuk .... trainee assistant director
Darren Robson .... third assistant director
Joth Riggs .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
J.P. Bagshaw .... set dresser
Michael Baker .... swing: Las Vegas
Keith Burk .... leadman
Charlie Campbell .... lead carpenter
Vance Conway .... construction coordinator
Graham Coutts .... property master
Richard Dobbin .... lead carpenter
Andrew Emde .... art department assistant (as T. Andrew Emde)
Gillian Goodman .... assistant property master
Brentan Harron .... graphic designer
Glen Hierlihy .... scenic carpenter
Jeffrey Paul Johnson .... property master: Las Vegas
Robert W. Joseph .... leadman: Las Vegas (as Robert Joseph)
Herminio Kam .... paint coordinator
Alex Kameniczky .... draftsman
Patrick Kearns .... on-set dresser
Steve Martin .... scenic carpenter (as Steven D. Martin)
Bill McMahon .... set designer
Paula R. Montgomery .... set dresser
Audra Neil .... set dresser
Angela O'Sullivan .... painter (as Angela England)
D.N. Pettipas .... property assistant
Denise Pizzini .... set decorator: Las Vegas
Brian Price .... scenic carpenter
Al Rourke .... construction foreman (as Alan K. Rourke)
Steve Rowland .... set dresser (as Steve Roland)
Beatrix Schalk .... scenic artist
Thomas Scheitel .... scenic carpenter (as Tom Scheitel)
Ron Sowden .... assistant decorator
Mark Tompkins .... scenic painter
Anneke Van Oort .... art department coordinator
Bob Warner .... on-set painter: Las Vegas (as Robert Warner)
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Eric Batut .... production sound mixer
Jim Brookshire .... supervising adr editor
Tom E. Dahl .... re-recording mixer (as Tom Dahl)
Linda Folk .... adr editor
Steve Kohler .... dubbing recordist
Adam Kopald .... sound editor
John Kwiatkowski .... dialogue editor
Laura Macias .... foley artist
Donald J. Malouf .... supervising sound editor
Piero Mura .... sound editor
Geoffrey Patterson .... sound mixer: Las Vegas (as Geoffrey L. Patterson)
Michele Perrone .... adr editor
Karen Schell .... sound assistant
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
Mark Steinbeck .... boom operator: Las Vegas
Ann L. Thornberg .... assistant sound editor
Todd Toon .... supervising sound editor
Mark A. Tracy .... assistant sound editor
Elliot Tyson .... re-recording mixer
Kelly Zombor .... boom operator (as Kelly M. Zombor)
Special Effects by
Skip Burrows .... special effects: Las Vegas
Adrian Fisher .... special effects assistant
Philip Edward Jones .... special effects assistant (as Phillip E. Jones)
Darren Marcoux .... special effects coordinator (as Darryn Marcoux)
Visual Effects by
Ralph Maiers .... visual effects supervisor
Christopher Grandel .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Charles Andre .... stunt player (as Charles André)
James Bamford .... stunt player
Allan Baxter .... stunt player
Guy Bews .... stunt player
Yves Cameron .... stunt player
Lauro Chartrand .... stunt player
Dean Choe .... stunt player
Duane Dickinson .... stunt player
Jim Dunn .... stunt player
John Edward .... stunt player
Marny Eng .... stunt player
Tom Farr .... stunt player
Bill Ferguson .... stunt player
Jim Finkbeiner .... stunt player
Andy Gill .... stunt player
Jack Gill .... stunt coordinator: Las Vegas
Corry Glass .... stunt player
Jason Glass .... stunt player
Alex Green .... stunt player
Dave Hospes .... stunt player
Ernie Jackson .... stunt coordinator
Ernie Jackson .... stunt player
David Jacox .... stunt player
Ron James .... stunt player
George Josef .... stunt player
Michael Langlois .... stunt player
Gary Lauder .... stunt player
Brad Loree .... stunt player
J.J. Makaro .... stunt player
Cotton Mather .... stunt player
Mike Mitchell .... stunt player (as Mike 'Mitch' Mitchell)
Tony Morelli .... stunt player
Scott Nicholson .... stunt player
Todd W. Nobles .... stunt player
Alan Oliney .... stunt player
Fred Perron .... stunt player
Greg Schlosser .... stunt player
Bill Stewart .... stunt player
Melissa R. Stubbs .... stunt player
Danny Virtue .... stunt player
Aubrey Lee Culp .... stunts (uncredited)
Andy Gill .... driving stunts: car jump (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dave Arnold .... camera operator: Wescam camera (as David Arnold)
Roger Bailey .... generator operator
Paul Bougie .... generator operator
Dillard Brinson .... key grip
Keith Brookes .... set wireman
Peter G. Capadouca .... gaffer
Ric Cross .... grip (as Richard C. Cross)
Garnet Durham .... 24 frame video operator
Noah Farrell .... grip
Bob Findlay .... Steadicam assistant
Gil Forrester .... dolly grip
Darryl Foulds .... best boy rigging grip
Tom Gregg .... second grip
Andy Guichon .... lighting technician
Rick F. Gunter .... director of photography: second unit
Stuart Haggerty .... best boy electric
Robert Hahn .... lighting technician
Jeff Hall .... rigging best boy
Frank Halpenny .... rigging gaffer (as G. Frank Halpenny)
Stan Harrison .... video assistant: Las Vegas
Kevin Haverty .... camera trainee
Tim Heller .... lighting technician
Dan Kneece .... Steadicam operator: Las Vegas
Hans Kooij .... video assistant (as Hans Koij)
Jiri Kucera .... Steadicam assistant (as George Kucera)
Richard Lang .... grip
Michael Laws .... gaffer: Las Vegas
John Le Roy .... key rigging grip (as John Leroy)
Attila Luca .... assistant camera
Scott MacDonald .... first assistant camera: Las Vegas
Alan MacKinnon .... lighting technician (as Alan A. Mackinnon)
George Majoros .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Elliott Marks .... still photographer: Las Vegas (as Elliot Marks)
Nathaniel Massey .... Steadicam operator
Rob McEwan .... still photographer
Klaus Melchior .... video playback coordinator
Jeff Milewsky .... best boy key grip: Las Vegas
Bob Munoz .... key grip: Las Vegas
Brice Porter .... best boy electric: Las Vegas (as Brice D. Porter)
Tony Rudenko .... playback operator
John Sosenko .... camera operator: Las Vegas
Timothy Robin Spencer .... first assistant camera (as Timothy R. Spencer)
Jim van Dijk .... Steadicam operator (as Jim Van Dijk)
Tim Walker .... first assistant camera: Las Vegas
Stewart Whelan .... second assistant camera (as Stewart A. Whelan)
Gregory White .... first assistant camera: aerial unit
Mark Willis .... camera operator: "a" camera
Keith Woods .... best boy electric (as Keith S. Woods)
Casting Department
Stuart Aikins .... casting: Vancouver (as Stuart Aikens)
Andrea Brown .... extras casting director
Carl Butto .... extras casting: Las Vegas
Margee Butto .... extras casting: Las Vegas (as Margee)
Sean Cossey .... casting assistant: Vancouver
Kathryn Eisenstein .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Ray Favero .... casting: Las Vegas
Jina Johnson .... assistant extras casting
Jon Strotheide .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lola Bullion Chambers .... costume supervisor: Las Vegas (as Lola Chambers)
Janice Devries .... assistant costume designer
Nancy Duggan .... wardrobe assistant
Patricia Flynn .... assistant costume designer
Clare Le Floc'h .... truck costumer (as Claire La Foc'h)
Danise Lee .... costumer (as Denise Lee)
Debi Weldon .... lead costumer
Editorial Department
Glenn Cocco .... first assistant editor: electronic
Chris DeLaGuardia .... color timer (as Chris De LaGuardia)
Jeff Etcher .... first assistant editor: film, Los Angeles
David Hamme .... colorist
Laura Hudock .... post-production assistant
Mark Lemmon .... first assistant editor: film, British Columbia
Danny Miller .... first assistant editor: film, Los Angeles (as Dan Miller)
Lorie Olson .... second assistant editor: British Columbia (as Lorie Olsen)
Ron Stanik .... second assistant editor: LA
Music Department
Scott Bourgeois .... karaoke computer playback operator
David Campbell .... arranger, orchestrator, conductor
Michael Colomby .... production music recordist
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor (as Sandy De Crescent)
Marty Frasu .... scoring sound designer
Daniel Gaber .... music editor
Rob Graham .... music playback operator
Daniel Hamuy .... orchestrator
Alexander Janko .... orchestrator
Carlton Kaller .... music editor (as Carl Kaller)
John Kurlander .... scoring mixer
Lesley Langs .... assistant music editor
Stephanie Lowry .... production music editor
Klaus Melchior .... karaoke playback operator
Jill Meyers .... music clearance
Krystyna Newman .... scoring consultant (as Krys Newman)
John Rodd .... orchestral scoring recordist
Dick Rudolph .... music supervisor (as Richard Rudolph)
Maya Rudolph .... music supervisor
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Scott Steyns .... karaoke lyric designer
Transportation Department
Gil Amaral .... driver
Greg Hamilton .... transportation captain
Buddy Hunter .... transportation captain: Las Vegas
Red Murphy .... transportation coordinator
Dusty Saunders .... transportation coordinator: Las Vegas
Other crew
Mike Alberts .... production assistant: Las Vegas (as Michael Alberts)
Ryan Argente .... accounting clerk
Donna Armstrong .... medic: Las Vegas
Gregory Astop .... production assistant
Ildiko Barritt .... key craft service
Ildiko Barritt .... key first aid
Ashley Bell .... production assistant
Andrea Boorman .... production coordinator
Rich Brown .... assistant accountant
Silver Butler .... key set production assistant
Christopher Cilluffo .... production secretary: Las Vegas (as Chris Cilluffo)
Jason Collier .... production assistant
Jeff Crandell .... location manager: Las Vegas
Julia Cudihy .... assistant: Ms. Paltrow
Aubrey Lee Culp .... stand-in (as Lee Aubrey Culp)
Dawn Darfus .... production accountant: Los Angeles, re-shoots
Tami DeSchutter .... stand-in (as Tami Deschutter)
Kathryn Drew .... production accountant (as Kathryn M. Drew)
Janice Frome .... location manager
Ramiro Gomez .... production assistant: Las Vegas
Elspeth Grafton .... trainee assistant location manager
Ken Hovgaard .... production assistant
Wendy Hyman .... accounting clerk (as Wendy J. Hyman)
Brenda Ilic .... second assistant coordinator
Rene Jansen .... assistant accountant
J. Larsen Jay .... assistant production coordinator
Karen R. Jones .... unit publicist
Julie Landau .... post-production accountant
Todd Lester .... security captain
Dan Mansfield .... office production assistant (as Daniel Mansfield)
Doug Moreno .... production accountant: Las Vegas
Sandra Murillo .... assistant: Mr. Jones and Mr. Mayes (as Sandra Kilgour)
Lisa Ragosin .... production coordinator
Tony Rudenko .... computer graphic artist
Michael Sandknop .... key assistant location manager
Nina Saxon .... title designer
Leslie Silvey .... production coordinator: Las Vegas (as Lesley Silvey)
Sol .... craft service: Las Vegas
Jay St. Louis .... assistant location manager
Karen Tolson .... office production assistant (as Karin Tolson)
Ryf Van Rij .... stand-in (as Ryf Van Rif)
Gavin Wiesen .... assistant: Mr. Paltrow
Christine Wilson .... script supervisor
Julie Adams .... dialect coach (uncredited)
Tim Ballou .... script clearance administrator (uncredited)
K.L. Connie Wang .... assistant script clearance administrator (uncredited)
Gary Chandler .... the producers wish to thank
'Karaoke Karl' Detken .... the producers wish to thank
Jere Hausfater .... the producers wish to thank
John Link .... the producers wish to thank
Brian Smith .... the producers wish to thank: Orbit Travel

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112 min
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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
"I'm different now... I sing--", 4 March 2002
Author: jhclues from Salem, Oregon

Director Bruce Paltrow assembled an impressive ensemble cast to deliver this story about a diverse group of people with many things in common-- more than they would probably ever realize or admit to, in fact. On the surface, the tie that binds is music; specifically that cultural phenomenon known as Karaoke, a world in which for three minutes or so, no matter who or what they are, the individual at stage center is a star. Underneath that particular aspect, however, the common thread runs much deeper. Because these are people who, in their own way, are all seeking to connect with something, even though they don't know what it is or even consciously know they're pursuing it. They're looking for their personal metaphor-- that one special thing, or someone, that will give meaning and purpose to their life. It's a road we all go down at one time or another, in one way or another, and it's that road that is explored by Paltrow in `Duets,' an affecting film that illustrates how universally elusive the answers we're all seeking in life are, and for the most part because we simply don't know the questions in the first place.

Ricky Dean (Huey Lewis) is a singer/hustler on the Karaoke circuit; In Tulsa, on his way to a big competition in Omaha, he gets a call and detours through Las Vegas for the funeral of an old friend. While he's there, he meets up with someone with whom he has a special relationship, Liv (Gwyneth Paltrow), who decides she wants to join him on the road. Meanwhile, a salesman named Todd Woods (Paul Giamatti) suddenly realizes he's so burned out from being on the road that he doesn't even know what city he's in, making a pitch to a hotel conference room full of corporate types in Houston, thinking all the while he's actually in Orlando, Florida. When he finally gets home, his wife, Candy (Kiersten Warren), and his two kids are too self-absorbed to even say hello to him, so he goes out for a pack of cigarettes (even though he doesn't smoke), discovers Karaoke and makes a new friend, Reggie Kane (Andre Braugher). Then there's Billy (Scott Speedman), a young man who drives a cab (of which he is half owner), who due to a particular set of circumstances finds himself involved with one Suzi Loomis (Maria Bello), who is on her way to California, by way of the karaoke competition in Omaha. And, ultimately, Karaoke becomes the vehicle through which this eclectic bunch of individuals begin to discover just what it is they're looking for; and who among them ever would've thought it would be in Omaha, Nebraska?

Working from an intricate and insightful screenplay by John Byrum, Paltrow has crafted an engrossing comedy/drama that is entertaining and poignant. There's a lot going on in this film, but Paltrow sets a pace that keeps it moving right along, and uses transitions that effectively eliminate any confusion that could easily have resulted from having so many storylines unfolding at once. The characters are well drawn, and Paltrow establishes exactly who they are and where they fit in almost as soon as they are introduced, which enables the viewer to concentrate on the story without having to figure out who fits where and why. After all, this is not a mystery; and Paltrow uses the screen time of his characters wisely to develop the drama that is being played out in their respective lives, rather than by throwing in unnecessary twists and turns just to maintain interest. It works, because the story is interesting enough, without the aid of any superficial enhancements, and Paltrow does an excellent job of blending it all together to deliver a satisfying and emotionally involving film.

There are a number of outstanding and noteworthy performances in this film, but the most memorable is turned in by Paul Giamatti, who so successfully conveys the emptiness of this middle-aged man who has always played by the rules, and who now finds himself at a very real crossroads in his life. The fact that Todd has accrued 800,000 frequent flyer miles that he can't use, effectively puts his whole life into perspective; and Giamatti sells it with a portrayal that is affecting and incisive. And, as Reggie, the guy Todd takes up with on the road, Braugher hits just the right note, as well, and their scenes together provide some of the highlights of the film, as when they perform their duet of `Try A Little Tenderness'-- this is Karaoke at it's best.

Gwyneth Paltrow provides a few highlights here, as well; besides creating a very real, believable character in Liv, it's worth watching the film just to see her sing `Bette Davis Eyes.' But there's also an exquisite gentleness in her nature she so ably expresses that makes her decidedly easy to watch, and there's an engaging duet she delivers with Huey Lewis on `Cruisin' that's a real showstopper. It's quite interesting, in fact, to note just how well the actors in this film deliver their songs (and, yes, they all did their own singing). Other musical highlights include Braugher's `Free Bird' and Bello's rendition of `Sweet Dreams.' This entire film, in fact, just may be the best thing that ever happened to Karaoke; it definitely raises the bar and gives it some mainstream credibility.

The supporting cast includes Angie Dickinson (Blair), Lochlyn Munro (Ronny), Amanda Kravat (Redhead), Erika von Tagen (Julie) and Marian Seldes (Harriet). Early in the film, a truck driver asks a hitchhiker-- a guy just out of prison-- `What were you in for?' The guy replies, `An error in judgment.' And, in the final analysis, that's what `Duets' is really all about; the flaws, imperfections and `errors in judgment' that make up the music of life. It's about finding that right note and being able to share it with someone-- being able to perform a duet to the score of life. 9/10.

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