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Schultze Gets the Blues (2003)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Music  |  22 April 2004 (Germany)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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22 April 2004 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Härra Schultze pensionipõlv  »

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

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$594,115 (USA) (15 July 2005)
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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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A human comedy
16 May 2005 | by (Trinidad, CO) – See all my reviews

In a gray-skied German mining town, three men are given early retirement. One of them, Schultze, is a very large and almost silent man of about 50. He lives alone. His whole life revolves around his two best friends (the other guys retired with him) and his local lodge hall where he entertains on the accordion as his father did before him. Retirement is a bore. Then, one night as he is going to turn off his radio, a tune comes on, a song from the southern United States, a mixture of jazz and folk. Schultze likes it. I wouldn't dream of telling you what happens from here on, except to say that a new world opens up for him and he has some extraordinary adventures seeking out this new music that has moved him so much. Some other critics, both professional and not, have described the film by first time director Schorr as slow-moving and even boring. I found it to be neither. It is infused with a great warmth and love for humanity and is told with sly humor. Loved it.


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