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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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 <>

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


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


$594,115 (USA) (15 July 2005)

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A brand new life after retirement
2 December 2003 | by (Gijón, Asturies, Spain) – See all my reviews

Schultze, a middle-age early retired German miner always had played polkas with his accordion. Even his father played polkas before him. Now he's retired and there's not much to do in his new boring life. Just eating alone, drinking beer with his friends and playing the accordion. But one night he listens to an exciting music on the radio: a cajun melody and he can not help to play it since that moment. He has found a new meaning to his new life. Comedy, drama, tenderness and a little music on this touching German movie. When I was watching it I couldn't get rid of the thought I was watching the real image of Peter Griffin, the main character of the cartoon series "A Family Guy". "Schultze Gets the Blues" has been awarded as the best movie in the 41th Gijón International Film Festival and its director, Michael Schorr was the best director as well. And I must say both of them were deserved.

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