Wild Man Blues (1997)

PG  |   |  Documentary, Music  |  17 April 1998 (USA)
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Academy Award-winner Barbara Kopple directs this documentary portrait of Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Woody Allen (Annie Hall, Blue Jasmine), seen traveling with friends and fellow... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Herself - Sister of Woody Allen
Herself (as Soon Yi Previn)
Dan Barrett ...
Himself - the Trombonist
Simon Wettenhall ...
Himself - the Trumpeter (as Simon Wettenthall)
John Gill ...
Himself - the Drummer and Vocalist
Greg Cohen ...
Himself - the Bassist
Cynthia Sayer ...
Herself - the Pianist
Eddy Davis ...
Himself - the Band Director and Banjoist
Himself - the Clarinetist
Nettie Konigsberg ...
Herself - Mother of Woody Allen
Martin Konigsberg ...
Himself - Father of Woody Allen


Academy Award-winner Barbara Kopple directs this documentary portrait of Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Woody Allen (Annie Hall, Blue Jasmine), seen traveling with friends and fellow musicians during their New Orleans jazz band's 1996 European tour. Allen's relationship with wife Soon Yi Previn is captured on film here for the first time, and others on the European jaunt include Allen's sister Letty Aronson. Followed by press, paparazzi, and gushing admirers, Allen returns home to face a more realistic critical assessment during "the lunch from hell" with his aged parents. Written by Anonymous

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17 April 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blues del hombre salvaje  »

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Opening Weekend:

$54,458 (USA) (17 April 1998)


DEM 22,971 (Germany) (19 June 1998)

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Woody Allen: They won't pay ten cents to see one of my movies, but passing in a gondola, they love it.
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Crazy Credits

Subtitles credit Letty Aronson and Soon-Li Previn. The band members are credited orally by Woody Allen as he introduces them to an audience. Allen himself is credited by marquees during the trip. See more »


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Woody on Tour
29 November 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Here is the famous filmmaker-actor-comedian in a forthright documentary of his touring jazz-band. It's not really his band – but for all intents and purposes it may as well be. If it weren't for Woody this band would just be another New Orleans jazz style band. They certainly wouldn't fill any concert halls across Europe (in fact they wouldn't be there at all).

We see a lot of Woody and Soon Yi in candid conversations – many of them in lavish hotel rooms in Europe (I am not kidding – one has a private swimming pool!). There is a sequence at the end with Woody's parents' in Brooklyn – this is hilarious and looks like it is straight out of one of his films. I have to admit that Woody is quite gracious with his fans who obviously adore him. If you're a fan in any way this is recommended, its' Woody as cinema verite. The only complaint I have is too many performances of the jazz-band.

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