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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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27 July 2001 (USA)  »

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Dallamok szárnyán  »

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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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Actor Aidan Quinn had never played the banjo or guitar before and learned to play these musical instruments in about four weeks. 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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Soldier's Joy
Traditional folk song
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Maggie Greenwald goes through her checklist.
7 October 2001 | by (Murphy, NC) – See all my reviews

It looks like Maggie Greenwald made up a checklist before she made this film. Let's see if all of the obligatory cliches were covered: We had the Lesbian Scene, the Shedding Of Clothes, Clogging, the Romance Between The Virile Mountain Man And The Back East Pedant, the Rich Coal Mine Owner and his Shallow, Snooty Wife, the Stupid Farmer who sells his land at half price, and on and on. Oh, I almost forgot.....the token Black Banjo Player. The only thing missing from this film were a blind fiddle player and a three-legged hound. The story line had no continuity. The scenery was wretched.(You want Western NC scenery? See "Nell". You want Appalachian ambiance? See "Deliverance"). The characters acted like they didn't know what they were supposed to be doing half the time and the ending was horrible. Ms. McTeer is a good actress and the music was fairly good. Which probably saved this entire movie from the cutting room floor. Where it belongs.


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