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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)  »

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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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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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Kein Schöner Land
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Performed by Chorgemeinschaft "Sang&Klang" Angersdorf
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A Gem
12 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A beautiful spark of a movie that had me quietly laughing throughout. Definitely worth the watch if you're in the mood for a slow, sublime, and funny film that rewards you tenfold.

Schultze is a quiet man, recently retired, who suddenly discovers the beauty of zydeco music. It has the feeling invoked by films such as "Paris, Texas", "Broken Flowers", with it's characters that pass in and out of the protagonist's life, living in their own world, yet wanting to be part of something bigger. Schultze takes that leap of faith in the simple way of pursuing the music that has finally touched his soul.

Some people might find it much too slow. The camera lingers on many long shots of subtle hilarity, emphasizing the humor in the sometimes mundane existence people experience.

One of the better films I've seen in a while.


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