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Schultze Gets the Blues (2003)

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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 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


Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »




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Release Date:

22 April 2004 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Härra Schultze pensionipõlv  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$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 »


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


Ein Heller und ein Batzen
Written by Albert Graf v. Schlippenbach
Performed by Brachstedter Musikanten
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Beautiful photographs in motion, warm & quirky story
2 April 2005 | by (Beverly Hills, California) – See all my reviews

If you liked STRANGER THAN PARADISE (1984) or BAGDAD CAFE (1988) or enjoy the stunning color photos of Joel Meyerowitz, you have the qualifications necessary to enjoy SCHULTZE GETS THE BLUES. True, it's somewhat slow, but its slowness allows the willing viewer to appreciate the subtly perfect ways the characters move within the mostly static compositions Michael Schorr serves up. True, it's quirky and has a sudden and unsettling if ultimately lyrical ending, but like the two films mentioned above, it gives us a splendid "outsider" view of America that makes us appreciate unique qualities we might otherwise overlook. Its humor is filled with love for the differences which make us human. Come to think of it, anybody who's watched NAPOLEON DYNAMITE (2004) more than once might well enjoy SCHULTZE's journey, too. Join him for the trip.

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