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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.
Duets -- US Home Video Trailer from Buena Vista Home Entertainment


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Writer (WGA):
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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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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Not great, but entertaining – and well worth it to see Braugher and Giamatti in action, 13 March 2005
Author: FilmOtaku ( from Milwaukee, WI

Bruce Paltrow's film "Duets" basically centers on the relationships of vastly different people who all end up at a karaoke contest in Omaha. Liv (Paltrow) meets her dad Ricky (Lewis) for the first time at her mother's funeral. Ricky is a "karaoke hustler", a guy who walks into various competitions and not only wins the cash prize, but manages to get a sucker to bet on which of them is going to win. Ricky reluctantly lets Liv tag along with him on the circuit, and along with singing herself, she also tries to forge a relationship with her father. Todd (Giamatti) is a salesman who travels most of the year and comes home to a house where his children don't talk to him and his wife would rather spend time online than talk to him after one of his business trips. One day he has a "moment of clarity" and decides to use some of the 800,000 frequent flier miles he has racked up, taking off in his car and driving anywhere but near his home. The first night he gets a room, he walks into a hotel bar and is convinced to get up on stage for their karaoke night, where he finds he loves the freedom it allows and the attention it garners him. Along the way on his trek, he picks up a hitchhiker named Reggie (Braugher) a recent parolee with the voice of an angel, and the two strike up a very close friendship despite (or possibly because of) their many differences. Finally, there is Suzi (Bello), a drifter who travels her way to karaoke contests by eschewing all dignity and selling any part of her she can. At a stopover in Cincinnati, she encounters Billy (Speedman) a former seminary student who is now a gypsy cab driver that just discovered his girlfriend sleeping with his business partner. Bello convinces him to take her to California, but along the way, the lure of the $5,000 purse in Omaha gets the best of her and they make a stop there.

"Duets" features several story lines, but other than karaoke, they all have one thing in common: They are all unhappy with either their past, their present or the prospect of a bleak or uncertain future. The film really isn't all that good, but there are a couple of good things about it. First and foremost, the chemistry between Giamatti and Braugher is fantastic. Completely casting aside the fact that they are two of my favorite actors, their connection was practically tangible. Hey, who knew Giamatti could sing, too? The rest of the stories were pretty clichéd or just not very compelling at all. I wasn't sure where they were trying to go with the Suzi/Billy arc but it ended up going nowhere for me personally. Huey Lewis, nothing more than a marginally average actor does an okay job in this film, but it obviously isn't much of a stretch for him.

If you are not a fan of any of the actors, "Duets" is entertaining enough to sit through and not end up hating yourself afterward. Personally, the film deserves a slight edge because of the Giamatti/Braugher thing, but altogether, it gets a 6/10. In this case I'm rounding up from 5.5 for that edge.


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