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Songcatcher (2000)

 -  Drama | Music  -  1 March 2001 (Australia)
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After being denied a promotion at the university where she teaches, Doctor Lily Penleric, a brilliant musicologist, impulsively visits her sister, who runs a struggling rural school in ... See full summary »

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Professor Lily Penleric, PhD
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Dean Arthur Pembroke (as Michael Davis)
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Professor Wallace Aldrich, PhD
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Fate Honeycutt
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Eleanor 'Elna' Penleric
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Harriet Tolliver
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Deladis Slocumb
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Stephanie Roth Haberle ...
Alice Kincaid
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Tom Bledsoe
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Polly
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Earl Giddens
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Isabel
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Reese Kincaid
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After being denied a promotion at the university where she teaches, Doctor Lily Penleric, a brilliant musicologist, impulsively visits her sister, who runs a struggling rural school in Appalachia. There she stumbles upon the discovery of her life - a treasure trove of ancient Scots-Irish ballads, songs that have been handed down from generation to generation, preserved intact by the seclusion of the mountains. With the goal of securing her promotion, Lily ventures into the most isolated areas of the mountains to collect the songs and finds herself increasingly enchanted - not only by the rugged purity of the music, but also by the raw courage and endurance of the local people as they carve out meaningful lives against the harshest conditions. It is not, however, until she meets Tom - a handsome, hardened war veteran and talented musician - that she's forced to examine her motivations. Is the "Songcatcher," as Tom insists, no better than the men who exploit the people and extort their ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and an intense scene of childbirth | See all certifications »

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1 March 2001 (Australia)  »

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Dallamok szárnyán  »

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$1,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$41,967 (USA) (15 June 2001)

Gross:

$3,050,934 (USA) (7 September 2001)
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Kudzu is shown growing in the forest. Kudzu was introduced into Appalachia in the 1930s from Japan to slow erosion. Kudzu would not have been present during the period this movie covers. (Keeping in mind, of course, that in order to produce a film about the Appalachians WITHOUT the kudzu would of course require filming in another region, as to date there have been very few if any successful attempts at denuding their fast-paced growth.) See more »

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Viney Butler: Alice, you're gonna have to keep Reese away from you. Well, if you don't want butter, you gotta pull the dasher out in time.
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Thank you to the people of Western Mountains of North Carolina. See more »

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The Trooper and the Maid
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Music (Maker) Lover's Delight
12 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Beautiful music, and even more beautiful portrayal of a music-lover. The main character Lily's love oozes off the screen and shames everyone who's ever made a tape or CD music collection with far less effort and trial -- and persistence. No less beautiful is the love that catches fire between the leads, and where it takes them.

If you believe music, not to mention love, should be near the helm of your ship, you will savor the textures of this surprisingly fine home-made wine of a story. If you've also ever loved simple folk music, then that will be sinfully delicious icing on the cake. Hat's off to the crew for this very-obviously (and satisfyingly successful) labor of love.


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