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Schultze Gets the Blues (2003)

Schultze is an accordion player and newly without work. When the local music club celebrates its 50th anniversary, his taste of music changes unexpectedly.

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Schultze
Harald Warmbrunn ...
Jürgen
Karl-Fred Müller ...
Manfred
Ursula Schucht ...
Jürgen's Wife
Hannelore Schubert ...
Manfred's Wife
Erwin Meinicke ...
Skatspieler
Hans Hohmann ...
Skatspieler
Siegfried Zimmermann ...
Skatspieler
Maik Gustävel ...
Automaten-Monteur
Annegret Fritz ...
Wirtin
Wolfgang Boos ...
Gatekeeper
Werner Boche ...
Rasenpfleger
Dora Solter ...
Dame
Anna Spengler ...
Dame
Erika Kirchhof ...
Dame
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Schultze is a retired lignite miner living in an East German village and a passionate Polka musician on his accordion. One night he listens to a Zydeco tune in the radio, which changes his taste of music radically. Notwithstanding his complete ignorance of the English language he starts a trip into the heart of the Zydeco; to Louisana. Written by Moritz Muehlenhoff <jmm@inutil.org>

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It's never too late to re-tune your soul

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »
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22 April 2004 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Härra Schultze pensionipõlv  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$17,722 (USA) (18 February 2005)

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$594,115 (USA) (15 July 2005)
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1.85 : 1
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The scene when Schultze becomes ill at "The Rockin' Bowl, New Orleans " and is helped down a flight of stairs, then the next scene is on a boat in the swamp. From that " Rockin' Bowl "on Carrollton Ave. in New Orleans to the Atchafalaya Swamp isn't nearby, it's over a two hour drive. See more »

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Captain Kirk: [while hooking up Schultze's boat] I'm captain Kirk.
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »

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Danza del Juego de amor
Written by Manuel de Falla
Performed by New Philharmonia Orchestra
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About Schmidt in German -
5 May 2004 | by (Bamberg, Germany) – See all my reviews

First things first: You will need a lot of patience while watching "Schultze gets the blues". There are no dramatic scenes, no sensational turns or something that blows you out of your seat. Instead, the film develops slowly, working merely with pictures than with dialogues. And this is what it's all about: the boredom of retirement, the concealed longing for something new and the desperate hope of getting the "blues". Schultze, the main actor,tries to seek it by playing a tune he heard on the radio on his accordion, which leads him from Sachsen-Anhalt (in the former East Germany, DDR) to a music festival in Texas. This film is definitely worth watching, although it won't satisfy your desire for action or a surprising plot.


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