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Songcatcher (2000)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music | 27 July 2001 (USA)
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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
Michael Davis ...
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
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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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Drama | Music

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

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Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$3,050,934 (USA) (7 September 2001)
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The nick-name of Eleanor Penleric (Jane Adams) was "Elna". See more »

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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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When Love Is New
Written by Dolly Parton
Performed by Dolly Parton and Emmy Rossum
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I'm not drunk, I'm... celebrating.
31 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What is life for? That's a question that many people throughout the ages have asked. There is no question in the mind of Tom Bledsoe (Aidan Quinn). Life is for enjoying. His idea of enjoying is playing music and drinking corn liquor. I don't know if I can argue with that.

Neither could Lily Penleric (Janet McTeer), Doctor of Musicology, who came up into the mountains to visit her sister Elna (Jane Adams), and discovered music that had not been heard by "outlanders" in hundreds of years. Songs that were originally written in Ireland and Scotland and hidden in the Apppalatian Mountains. She discovered that there was indeed culture among those whom the outlanders considered ignorant, inbred hillbillies, and she was determined to capture and share that culture.

In the process, she learned what life was really all about. It was a beautiful, tender story about people and differences; like the reaction over the discovery of her sister's partner, Harriet (E. Katherine Kerr).

The music was awesome, and this was Emmy Rossum's first movie. I loved her in The Phantom of the Opera, The Day after Tomorrow, and Mystic River; and now add another great performance to the list. I wasn't inclined to see Posiden, but I will make it a point now to see her again.

I have to end with a note about Pat Carroll, who played Viney Butlet. Her career is is old as i am and I am sure that I have probably seen her many times over the years and not known who she was. I will not forget now, as she was the most interesting character in the movie. Brava!


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