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Schultze Gets the Blues -- When Schultze discovers the fiery energy of Zydeco music on his radio, the rigid monotony of his daily routine takes a spicy turn. Schultze learns to play his accordion with a new snap and style. His new- found fascination ultimately leads him on a life-changing, liberating journey to the Louisiana delta.
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22 April 2004 (Germany) See more »
It's never too late to re-tune your soul
Schultze is an accordion player and newly without work. When the local music club celebrates its 50th anniversary, his taste of music changes unexpectedly. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Horst Krause ... 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
Leo Fischer ... Head of Music Club
Günter Dziewicki ... Vereins-Musiker
Hans-Dieter Dziewicki ... Vereins-Musiker
Karl Jürgen ... Vereins-Musiker (as Karl Jürg)
Karl Nachsel ... Vereins-Musiker
Fritz Fladung ... Vereins-Musiker
Paul Geppart ... Vereins-Musiker
Loni Frank ... Schultze's Mother
Elke Rümmler ... Nurse
Rosemarie Deibel ... Frau Lorant
Marylu Poolman ... Seniorinne #1
Ilse Holtmann ... Seniorinne #2
Eva Bodnar ... Seniorinne #3
Tatjana Jakob ... Radiosprecherin (voice)
Ansgar Frerich ... Moderator
Hans-Peter Rößiger ... Physician
Gunnar Schlafmann ... Cooking Show Host
Wilhelmine Horschig ... Lisa
Volker Rößiger ... Priest
Ralph-Peter Borchert ... Reisebürochef
Volker Nowak ... Autohändler
Happy Broussard ... Motelstimme (voice)
Vernie Miller ... Motelstimme (voice)
Alozia St. Julien ... Josephine
Kerry Christensen ... Yodeler
Raimond Darilek ... Domino Player #1
Freddie Hirsch ... Domino Player #2
Chris Pilat ... Domino Player #3
Richard Gaerkner ... Domino Player #4
Frances Pilat ... Barmaid
Charles Pilat ... Barkeeper
Bobby Jones ... Czech Band
Bob Suttie ... Czech Band
Harvey Fajkus ... Czech Band
Gregory Windel ... Czech Band
Joe Zetka Jr. ... Czech Band
Jeanne de Valcourt ... Jäger
Mike de Valcourt ... Jäger
John Flannagan ... Jäger
Judy Flannagan ... Jäger
Tony Roy ... Jäger
Elton 'Bee' Cormier ... Fiddler
Marie Bourque ... Dancing Partner
Jackie Caillier ... Cajun Band (as Jackie Caillier & the Cajun Cousins)
Francis 'Robe' Roberie ... Sheriff
Kirk Guidry ... Captain Kirk
Paul Olivier ... Polizist
James Thibodeaux ... Polizist
Fred Lalonde ... Polizist
Donald Poirier ... Polizist
Pedro Alexandra ... Polizist
Carroll Knott ... Polizist
Donald Harvey ... Polizist
Anne V. Angelle ... Aretha
Danielle Krause ... Shareen
Carl ... Cockatoo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carl Mueller ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Schorr 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Schorr  writer

Produced by
Jens Körner .... producer
Oliver Niemeier .... producer
Thomas Riedel .... producer
Claudia Tronnier .... producer: ZDF
Original Music by
Dirk Niemeier 
Thomas Wittenbecher 
Cinematography by
Axel Schneppat 
Film Editing by
Tina Hillmann 
Casting by
Michael Schorr 
Karen Wendland 
Production Design by
Natascha Tagwerk 
Art Direction by
Natascha Tagwerk 
Set Decoration by
Sabine Enste 
Costume Design by
Constanze Hagedorn 
Makeup Department
Lara Feldmann .... makeup artist
Production Management
Daniela Barsch .... unit manager
Jens Körner .... production manager
Oliver Niemeier .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Armisen .... trainee assistant director
Christian Stollwerk .... assistant director
Art Department
Sabin Enste .... property master
Sound Department
Ansgar Frerich .... boom operator
Sebastian Kleinloh .... boom operator
Jörg Klinkenberg .... foley artist
Christian Lerch .... sound re-recording mixer
Dirk Niemeier .... sound designer
Dirk Niemeier .... sound editor
Dirk Niemeier .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Philipp Gerhardt .... lighting technician
Ralf Peter Hahmann .... assistant camera (as Ralf Hahmann)
Daniel Klaucke .... gaffer
Billy MacTavish .... grip (as William MacTavish)
Grit Schwerdtfeger .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sonja Hesse .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Charlie Huser .... color timer
Milenka Nawka .... assistant editor
Music Department
Andy Ludyk .... music coordinator
Other crew
Gerard Martin .... production assistant

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Rated PG for mild language
114 min | Argentina:114 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Crew or equipment visible: 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.See more »
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References "Star Trek" (1966)See more »
Schultze PolkaSee more »


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58 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
Many subtle layers, 17 April 2005
Author: Tom Hutton from Washington, DC

I loved this movie. First of all there's the surface. Schultze is just so goddammed lovable. He pulls you in. Then there are the layers. And there are so many.

The juxtapositions. Schultze riding his bicycle on one side of the screen and the dirt bikers buzzing over the top of slag heaps on the other. His small garden house, a little Eden, overshadowed, of course, by a very large and nearly ancient slag heap.

Then the odd wanderlust. The woman at his mother's nursing home who insists she's French despite the fact that she's in a nursing home in East Germany. Followed by his sojourn to Louisiana, which insists on being French despite the fact that it's in America. Did he go there looking for her?

Then the premonitions. Early on a brief sound bite on the radio about lung cancer. Then near the end, he's offered a meal of crabs in the bayou. "Ja, Krebs," he says. Krebs means cancer in German. And he was a miner, so worked every day breathing radon. Did he have cancer?

And of course the music. An accordionist who plays the local polka, he picks up zydeco by ear and loves it. But his fellow Germans don't like it, and they're even less interested in the US. In fact he stops playing after he gets to America. They want polka even more than the Germans do, albeit a strange American kind that includes yodeling.

Then the unspoken. So much of this story is told by pictures, not dialog. It's a subtlety that Hollywood has completely lost touch with. It's so refreshing to see it again.

This movie is a delight. I defy anyone to dislike it. There's something of An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge in it, but it's not quite that facile.

It's a quiet tour de force. I want more.

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