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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Ursula Schucht ...
Jürgen's Wife
Hannelore Schubert ...
Manfred's Wife
Erwin Meinicke ...
Hans Hohmann ...
Siegfried Zimmermann ...
Maik Gustävel ...
Annegret Fritz ...
Wolfgang Boos ...
Werner Boche ...
Dora Solter ...
Anna Spengler ...
Erika Kirchhof ...


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


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


Zydeco from 1988
Written by Bobbie Robinson
Performed by Zydeco Force
from the album "You Mean The World To Me"
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Slow, not boring
10 May 2004 | by (here) – See all my reviews

This movie takes its time to develop. In more than one respect it reminded me of a Kaurismäki film. The landscape is depressing, the colors are not very bright, the shots are long and there is not much dialogue. And people seem only to come alive (whether it's in Germany or the US) when they're making music. There are moments of comedy but not many. Instead, you get to watch "everyday life" for a long time before something happens. And when it happens, it's not a dramatic turn or twist . . . It does not incite the characters to change completely . . . There is just a small change.

When you put all of this together, you get a very touching tale of humanity. A tale of friendship and loneliness. I think the characters are portrayed in a very life-like fashion (for example, when the loner Schultze travels to the US he is no more capable of socially connecting with people than he was in his hometown). You have to be patient with the story because there is no classic structure (exposition, story development, climax) . . . but I got really attached to the characters. There is a lot of loneliness in this film. But this is what makes it so attractive.

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