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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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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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Storyline

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

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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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In one of the dancing scenes, a crewmember runs across the screen as the camera follows the elderly dancing couples. See more »

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Long Temps Passe
Written by Bruce Barnes
Performed by Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots
from the album "The Language of New Orleans, Vol. 5: Zydeco"
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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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