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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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Janet McTeer ... Professor Lily Penleric, PhD

Michael MicQuick 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
Shane Meador .... art department intern
Audra Morgan .... carpenter
Dia Morgan .... art department intern
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)

Did You Know?

The name of the mountain range where the country folk lived was the Appalachia Mountains.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 »
Tom Bledsoe:See, that's what you outlanders don't understand. Life is for enjoying, not just getting and working, and getting and working.See more »
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful Music, 22 December 2005
Author: oneshortkat from United States

Songcatcher is a film that shows the side of the mountain people that has been unknown for years. It's kind of like an indie, female version of Oh Brother Where Art Thou, but with a feminist touch and more and better music. The film is very enjoyable with some exceptional acting particularly in the case of Janet McTeer, Aidan Quinn and Emmy Rossum and features some lovely and moving renditions of classic ballads. Maggie Greenwald (The Ballad of Little Jo, for which she wrote and directed) is also both the director and writer of Songcatcher and she has done a fabulous job. The film's focus is on musicologist Lily Penleric (Janet McTeer) in the early 1900s who has just been passed over for a permanent teaching position for the second time. She becomes embittered and decides to leave the school and go to the mountains to visit her sister (Jane Adams) at her school in the mountains of North Carolina. There she learns, to her delight, that many of the old Irish/Scottish ballads have been preserved in their original form, after hearing them sung by her sister's warden Deladis Slocumb (the always delightful Emmy Rossum). After hearing Deladis sing these ballads Lily becomes obsessed with collecting and publishing the songs. With the help of Deladis and her boyfriend Fate Honeycutt (don't you just love these names) Lily goes around the mountain collecting songs. One of her first stops is at incorrigible Viney Butler (Pat Carroll). While she's there Lily meets Viney's grandson Tom Bledsoe (a nearly unrecognizable Aidan Quinn).

The two clash at first but they eventually become, no surprise, romantically involved. Along the way we also meet Lily's antagonist Earl Giddens (David Patrick Kelly) who's has been 'educated' down the mountain and wants to turn the mountain in a coal mine. While collecting the songs, Lily slowly begins to crack from her shell and she learns to love the people of the mountain. The photography in the film is spectacular. It's vibrant and bright with some terrific shots of the wizardly Carolina Mountains. Maggie Greenwald brings the beauty of the mountains out with long-range shots at sunset. As I stated earlier the acting in this film is superb so there are no complaints from me. Lily Penleric was played perfectly by Janet McTeer who seems to be able to convey so much emotion through her eyes. Tom Bledsoe was such a different character than I had ever seen Aidan Quinn play before and it was quite refreshing. He was great as a grumbling, dirty yet somehow attractive mountain man. And Emmy Rossum, in her feature film debut, gives a stunning performance as the angelic voiced ward.

The music in the film is probably it's best asset. Greenwald had actual singers and musicians play the musical parts. Iris Dement and Taj Mahal were just two of the musicians in this film and they added an authenticity to the film. All the songs in this movie were amazing and as soon as I saw this film I went out and bought the soundtrack. The only problems I had with the film are that the plot sometimes seemed a little forced, a little contrived and that there were too many subplots. There were probably in total about seven or eight different plot lines weaved in and out throughout the film. In some films this might work but Greenwald doesn't quite pull it off. The lesbian subplot was not needed at all. It actually took away from the authenticity of the film and didn't seem to fit in with the time period, which was the late Victorian era. Overall I would definitely recommend this movie, especially to those that really enjoyed movies like Oh Brother Where Art Thou. This film captivates the beauty of the Carolina Mountains and shows what the music of the mountains is really like.

"Your music is like the air you breathe" Lily Penleric, Songcatcher

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