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The Saddest Music in the World (2003)

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A musical of sorts set in Winnipeg during the Great Depression, where a beer baroness organizes a contest to find the saddest music in the world. Musicians from around the world descend on the city to try and win the $25,000 prize.

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Fyodor Kent
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Roderick Kent / Gravillo the Great
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Blind Seer
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Teddy
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Duncan Elksworth
Talia Pura ...
Mary
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Young Roderick
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Chester's Mother
Victor Cowie ...
Man in Bar
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It's the winter of 1933 in Winnipeg. In honor of Winnipeg being named the sorrow capital of the world for the Depression era for the fourth year running by the London Times, Lady Helen Port-Huntley, the legless owner of Winnipeg's Port-Huntley Beer, is hosting and judging a contest to see which nation has the saddest music in the world, the winner to take home a $25,000 prize. Seeing as to the current Prohibition in the United States, Lady Port-Huntley has ulterior motives for the contest. Father and son, streetcar conductor Fyodor Kent and New York based musical producer Chester Kent, who both have a past connection to Lady Port-Huntley (Fyodor, a WWI veteran and former doctor, has fashioned for her an unusual pair of artificial legs apropos to her business), want to represent Canada and the United States respectively in the contest. Despite Lady Port-Huntley's hatred for the Kent's, she does allow them to do so if only to advance her own priorities. As the contest takes place, the ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

"If you're sad, and like beer, I'm your lady."

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Comedy | Musical

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Rated R for some sexuality and violent images | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

12 May 2005 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

A Canção Mais Triste do Mundo  »

Box Office

Budget:

CAD 3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$37,743 (USA) (30 April 2004)

Gross:

$669,128 (USA) (23 July 2004)
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Swing Low Sweet Chariot
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Arranged by Myron Schultz, Kinzey Posen
Performed by Finjan, Mini-Mariachis
Vocal by Maria de Medeiros
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So funny I immediately bought another ticket
1 May 2004 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

The credits rolled last night at 11:50 PM at the Sunshine on Houston Street in NYC.

Outside the theatre, I glanced up at the box office board: There was another viewing at 11:55 p.m. I impulsively bought another ticket and saw it again.

This is one of the funniest, most original and absurd movies I have ever seen. I feel like I can't believe I've actually seen it -- waking up dizzy at 2 PM today on a Saturday and pondering this movie.

All I remember is the wonderful music, the great one-liners, and those fanciful legs. Oh, for legs such as those!

Everyone must be forced to sit through this film as punishment for watching any television, ever.

Isabella Rossilini should be so proud of forging through the offers of banal roles and accepting roles such as this. It is not a surprise that the same actresss who allowed David Lynch to strip and bruise her in Blue Velvet would embrace such a role as Port-Huntley. If you're sad, and like beer, she's your woman!

The audience last night was howling with laughter and delight at the absurd and brilliant lines in this movie. There was so much to like about this spectacular musical.

But most of all, there were those intoxicating legs.


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