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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Davis ...
Dean Arthur Pembroke (as Michael Davis)
Professor Wallace Aldrich, PhD
Gregory Russell Cook ...
Fate Honeycutt
Alice Kincaid
Bart Hansard ...
Erin Blake Clanton ...
Earl Giddens
Kristin Hall ...
Reese Kincaid


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

27 July 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Coletora de Canções  »

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Box Office


$1,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,967, 17 June 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,050,934, 9 September 2001
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Actor Aidan Quinn had never played the banjo or guitar before and learned to play these musical instruments in about four weeks. See more »


Except for Dexter Speaks, when the other characters play banjo, we hear many more notes than they actually strum. See more »


Tom Bledsoe: See, that's what you outlanders don't understand. Life is for enjoying, not just getting and working, and getting and working.
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Crazy Credits

Thank you to the people of Western Mountains of North Carolina. See more »


Silk Merchant's Daughter
Traditional folk song
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a major movie for grownups
20 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

Finally, a movie that does not insult your intelligence. No anorexic Barbie dolls, or exploding cars, so beloved by the 100% red blooded American male. Aidan Quinn, who I could "take or leave" in previous performances delivers a masterful performance, in my opinion. Janet Mcteer whose character is the "glue", holding the story together, also justifies her selection for this role. But the "revelation" of the film, is the performance of Pat Carroll as Viney Butler. If this isn't Academy Award level acting then I haven't learned anything in over fifty years of filmgoing. The only way I remember her, is as a sometime guest on the Jack Paar show. I have not seen her act ever. I had no idea I was watching Pat Carroll untill I glanced at the box the video came in. I was incredulous! Completely gone was any characteristic of Pat Carroll, and in her place was this mountain woman, surviving for about seventy years in an enviornment that would give most of us nervous breakdowns. Pat, this role is truly your magnum opus! God bless you.

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