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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
Gregory Russell Cook ...
Fate Honeycutt
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Eleanor 'Elna' Penleric
E. Katherine Kerr ...
Harriet Tolliver
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Deladis Slocumb
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Alice Kincaid
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Tom Bledsoe
Bart Hansard ...
Hilliard
Erin Blake Clanton ...
Polly
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Earl Giddens
Kristin Hall ...
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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Lily Penleric: Are you drunk?
Tom Bledsoe: I'm not drunk, I'm... celebrating.
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Thank you to the people of Western Mountains of North Carolina. See more »

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Down in a Willow Garden
Traditional folk song
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Music is life...........
20 January 2002 | by (Santo Domingo, Dominican Rep.) – See all my reviews

Songcatcher is a fantastic film about understanding culture and people throughout the beauty of music and the poetry of songs. Every beat and word represents something that in many ways is so personally related to people's lives, history and emotions.

This is the lovely story of Dr. Lily Penleric (Janet McTeer) a preeminent teacher musician who impulsively decides to run to visit her sister at a struggling rural school in the Appalachia, right after being denied of an anticipated promotion where she teaches. Over there (in the mountains) she founds a new meaning to her life by finding love and discovering very culturally important Scott-Irish ballads that she might use to save her promotion.

The whole cast performances are awesome, especially Janet McTeer who comes back with another tremendous performance and Aidan Quinn who hasn't been this good so far.

Writer/director Maggie Greenwald gives us a very fresh and tender story that describes so well all characters, situations with the very real and touching concept of music.

Finally, but not the least, David Mansfield music is fantastic. He amazingly takes excellent care of every musical detail related to the lives of these beautiful characters.

Robinson Almanzar.


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