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Songcatcher -- In the Appalachian mountains of 1907, a musicologist, (Janet McTeer) arrives to record the Scottish and Irish folksongs that the locals have preserved for generations. She soon finds herself getting involved in other ways. In HD.
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Writer (WGA):
Maggie Greenwald (written by)
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Release Date:
27 July 2001 (USA) See more »
After being denied a promotion at the university where she teaches, Doctor Lily Penleric, a brilliant musicologist... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Janet McTeer ... Professor Lily Penleric, PhD
Michael Q. Davis ... Dean Arthur Pembroke (as Michael Davis)

Michael Goodwin ... Professor Wallace Aldrich, PhD
Gregory Russell Cook ... Fate Honeycutt

Jane Adams ... Eleanor 'Elna' Penleric
E. Katherine Kerr ... Harriet Tolliver

Emmy Rossum ... Deladis Slocumb

Pat Carroll ... Viney Butler

Stephanie Roth Haberle ... Alice Kincaid

Aidan Quinn ... Tom Bledsoe
Bart Hansard ... Hilliard
Erin Blake Clanton ... Polly

David Patrick Kelly ... Earl Giddens
Kristin Hall ... Isabel

Michael Harding ... Reese Kincaid
Taj Mahal ... Dexter Speaks

Muse Watson ... Parley Gentry
Iris DeMent ... Rose Gentry

Rhoda Griffis ... Clementine McFarland

Steve Boles ... Ambrose McFarland
Taylor Hayes ... Reverend Merriweather
Josh Goforth ... Will
Don Pedi ... Barn Band - Dulcimer
Sheila Kay Adams ... Barn Band - Banjo
Bobby McMillon ... Singer at Barn Dance
Hazel Dickens ... Singer at Barn Dance

Andrea Powell ... Josie Moore
Danny Nelson ... Uncle Cratis
David Ducey ... Postman Johnson
Steven Sutherland ... Cyrus Whittle
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shawn Lindsay ... Dancer at Barn Dance (uncredited)

Directed by
Maggie Greenwald 
Writing credits
Maggie Greenwald (written by)

Produced by
Patrick Allen .... associate producer
Elizabeth Finkelstein .... associate producer
Caroline Kaplan .... executive producer
Richard Miller .... producer
Ellen Rigas-Venetis .... producer (as Ellen Rigas Venetis)
Jennifer Roth .... co-producer (as Jennifer M. Roth)
Wendy Sax .... co-producer
Jonathan Sehring .... executive producer
Lisa Vandever .... associate producer
Original Music by
David Mansfield 
Cinematography by
Enrique Chediak 
Film Editing by
Keith Reamer 
Casting by
Vivian Hasbrouk 
Tracy Kilpatrick 
Ellen Parks 
Production Design by
Ginger Tougas 
Art Direction by
Molly Mikula 
Set Decoration by
Marthe Pineau 
Costume Design by
Kasia Walicka-Maimone  (as Kasia Walicka Maimone)
Makeup Department
Karina Castaneda .... hair extension specialist: Janet McTeer
Vanessa Davis .... hair assistant
Teresa Foshee .... makeup assistant
Philip Ivey .... key hair stylist (as Phillip Ivey)
Rachel Kick .... key makeup artist
Sarah Mays .... makeup artist
Rita Parillo .... hair assistant
Monica Selanikio .... hair extension specialist: Jane Adams
Production Management
Lizz Grant .... production manager
Jamey Pryde .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bill Blyler .... second assistant director (as William Blyler)
Adam Escott .... first assistant director
Michael A. Moffa .... second second assistant director (as Michael Moffa)
Art Department
Jennifer Braverman .... art department intern
Chris Broom .... carpenter
Sally Bryenton .... assistant scenic artist
Jay Cooke .... construction coordinator
Forrest Deffenbaugh .... lead man
Rebecca Deffenbaugh .... art department assistant
Elizabeth Ellison .... artwork: Alice's paintings
Kathy Hamilton .... art buyer
Jamie House .... set dresser
Doug Mackenzie .... prop master
Dia Martori .... art department intern (as Dia Morgan)
Shane Meador .... art department intern
Audra Morgan .... carpenter
Heather Neeld .... art department coordinator
Guy Picard .... set dresser
Philip Schneider .... prop assistant (as Phil Schneider)
Stephen True .... construction foreman
Gayle Wurthner .... head scenic artist (as Gayle Wurther)
Sound Department
Louis Bertini .... sound editor
David Boulton .... adr engineer
Nancy Cabrera .... foley artist
Timothy Cargioli .... boom operator (as Tim Cargioli)
Eric A. Christoffersen .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Pam DeMetruis-Thomas .... supervising sound editor (as Pam DeMetruis)
Patrick Dundas .... foley engineer
Matthew Fleece .... adr engineer
Youngblood Haske .... cable person
Kevin Lee .... sound editor
Jennifer Murphy .... sound mixer
Angela Organ .... assistant sound editor
Barbara Parks .... assistant sound editor
Peter Waggoner .... sound re-recording mixer
Evan Benjamin .... assistant sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Janos Pilenyi .... optical effects supervisor
Ulli Reichhold .... optical layout
Ariel Enriquez Saulog .... digital supervisor
Sean Mullen .... digital artist: Encore Visual Effects (uncredited)
John Copeman .... stunts
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Darrell Blevins .... best boy grip
Jim Bridges .... still photographer (as James Bridges)
Gene Coffey .... grip
Buddy Humphreys .... grip
Forrest James Hurley .... electrician
Alyson Latz .... second assistant camera
John McEnerney .... key grip
Daniel Murphy .... best boy electric
Gene Page .... still photographer
Joseph Quirk .... gaffer
Rick Raphael .... Steadicam operator
Amy Silverman .... first assistant camera
David Troutman .... grip
Sidney N. Williams .... video playback operator
Aurelia Winborn .... camera operator (as Aurelia J. Winborn)
John Mark Young .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robin Rose Alexander .... wardrobe assistant
Cara Czekanski .... wardrobe supervisor
Dawn Weisberg .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Michael Best .... post-production intern
Fred Heid .... color timer
Anna Josenhans .... assistant editor
Patricia Sztaba .... negative cutter: Match Cut Film Services
Stan Sztaba .... negative cutter: Match Cut Film Services
Joe Violante .... dailies advisor
George Koran .... telecine colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Sheila K. Adams .... vocal coach (as Sheila Kay Adams)
Dale Brady-Wilson .... music research assistant
Christopher Covert .... soundtrack album producer
Shari Johanson .... music editor (as Shari Schwartz Johanson)
David Mansfield .... music arranger: "Barbara Allen"
David Mansfield .... musical director
Tony Volante .... score mixer
Transportation Department
Jon Bergholz .... transportation coordinator
Kevin Andrew Hyde .... driver
Mark MacQueen Selhorst .... transportation captain
Jason R. Shaw .... driver production assistant
Jerry Ted Shelton .... local transportation captain
Charlie Thomas .... additional driver (as Charles Thomas)
Timothy S. Vandenberghe .... driver production assistant
Other crew
Richard Abernethy .... adr loop group
Jerry Adams .... dialect advisor
Sheila K. Adams .... advisor: traditional balladry (as Sheila Kay Adams)
Sara Jo Allocco .... adr loop group (as Sara Allocco)
Betsy Alton .... production coordinator
Andrew Barnhill .... assistant: Mr. Quinn
Tasha Biering .... production assistant
Ray Bivins .... fire coordinator
Jason Block .... post-production accountant
Susan H. Bodine .... legal services: Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz & Weinstein LLP (as Susan Bodine Esq.)
Beverly Butler .... adr loop group
Andrea F. Cannistraci .... legal services: Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz & Weinstein LLP (as Andrea Cannistraci Esq.)
Glenn 'Wookie' Chestnut .... chef: Big Dog Catering Inc.
Ali Clark .... production office assistant
Pierrot Colonna .... assistant accountant
Kay Cook .... assistant to director
Lynn Cornfoot .... production assistant
Jarrod Councill .... production assistant
Liesel de Boor .... research assistant
Carl Denning .... fire fighter: Ashville Station #3
Bonnie Dennison .... adr loop group
Lisa Diamond .... post-production accountant
Charlotte Fleck .... dialect coach
Trixie Flynn .... assistant: Mr. Quinn
Brian Godshall .... legal services
Jeff Goldman .... assistant location manager
Jonathan Hadley .... adr loop group
Heather Holland .... location intern
Lance Holland .... location manager
Borys Jakymovych .... title designer (as Borys Jarymovych)
Sondra James .... loop group coordinator
Phil Jamison .... consultant: traditional dance
Erika Laibson .... stand-in
Pamela Lewis .... adr loop group
Bonnie Basile Mackenzie .... craft service
Lisa Mattox .... production office assistant
Conan McCarty .... adr loop group
Spike McClure .... adr loop group
Paul Monroe .... fire fighter: Ashville Station #3
Marygrace O'Shea .... research assistant
Dick Parkinson .... animal wrangler
Tanoa Parks .... assistant accountant
Colin Penney .... production assistant
Philip Ryan Perry .... production assistant
Alice M. Peschl .... key set production assistant
Erik Pflaumbaum .... production secretary
Phil Rodowsky .... dialogue: continuity & spotting script
Todd Rodowsky .... dialogue: continuity & spotting script
Jerry Rogers .... assistant location manager
Connie Schrader .... choreographer
Brent Silver .... fire fighter: Ashville Station #3
Chad Slagle .... production assistant
Carmen Snyder .... assistant production coordinator
Peggy Sutton .... script supervisor
Kelli Taylor .... assistant: Ms. McTeer
Steve Toth .... chef: Big Dog Catering Inc.
Wayne Warren .... set security
Jenn Wertz .... production office assistant
Whitney J. Willard .... production accountant
John Wilson .... fire fighter: Ashville Station #3
Howard Samuelsohn .... dialect coach (uncredited)
Shurla Alexander .... special thanks
David Brose .... special thanks: The John C. Campbell Folk School
Olive Dame Campbell .... grateful acknowledgment
John Curry .... special thanks
Dan Gellert .... special thanks
Maixing Mansfield Greenwald .... special thanks
Shirley Greenwald .... special thanks
William Greenwald .... special thanks
Larry Hopkins .... special thanks: The Ananda Hair Salon
Tracy McKnight .... special thanks
William K. McNeil .... special thanks: Ozark Folk Center (as Dr. William K. McNeil)
Daisy Miller .... special thanks
Frances Miller .... special thanks
Graeme Miller .... special thanks
Kate O'Connell .... special thanks
Henry Queen .... special thanks
Mary Jane Queen .... special thanks
Doris Rigas .... special thanks
James Rigas .... special thanks
John Rigas .... special thanks
Michael Rigas .... special thanks
Timothy Rigas .... special thanks
Cecil J. Sharp .... grateful acknowledgment
Rodney Sutton .... special thanks
Peter Venetis .... special thanks
Dean Williams .... special thanks: Appalachian State University
Jane Wright .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and an intense scene of childbirth
109 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | New Zealand:M | USA:PG-13 (certificate #37448)

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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 »
Anachronisms: 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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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
I love everything about this film, 8 January 2006
Author: shellywilley2 from United States

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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