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Songcatcher (2000)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music | 27 July 2001 (USA)
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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Coletora de Canções  »

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$1,800,000 (estimated)

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

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$3,050,934 (USA) (7 September 2001)
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The name of the mountain range where the charecters lived was the Appalachian Mountains in the mountains of western North Carolina in Appalachia, USA. This mountain range stretches from North Georgia to Maine. Because of the steep terrain, communities were isolated and developed much later than ones in the flatlands. Scots/Irish settled the area and provided for the musical tradition that gave rise to the music featured in the film. See more »

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Except for Dexter Speaks, when the other characters play banjo, we hear many more notes than they actually strum. 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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Old Joe Clark
Traditional folk song
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I love everything about this film
8 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I happened upon this film by chance and watched it at first because of the beautiful scenery. Hooked. I watch again every chance I get. Janet McTeer is perfect as the intelligent, suppressed Victorian woman. She plays the stiffly proper role perfectly, even after we have seen her rebellious nature early in the film by her involvement with a married man.

I have always felt that Aiden Quinn has been under appreciated. He shines in this film, as does Pat Carroll in a rare serious role. I disagree with those who call the lesbian storyline a distraction. They didn't TALK about sex during Victorian times, but they sure had it! I had no difficulty believing that two women living together in an environment so foreign to their upbringing would develop a closeness which would lead to a physical relationship.

The traditional music was wonderful, but David Mansfield's original score was incredible. My family has lived in the mountains of West Virginia since the sixteen hundreds, there is a family cemetery on the side of a mountain in the woods. Mansfield's "And the Mountains Cried" playing while the coffin was carried up the hill showed me something that could have been a picture from my family's past. It moved me so much that I sent him an email, telling him what an impact his music, especially that song, made . To my surprise, he replied, thanked me, and included the lyrics.

I loved this film. Wonderful music, beautiful costumes, humor, lust, rebellion, murder, and you can't beat the beauty of the location.

I suspect it's a more accurate portrayal of life at that time and place than most people might think.


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