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Shut Up & Sing -- SHUT UP AND SING travels with the Dixie Chicks, from the peak of their popularity as the national-anthem-singing darlings of country music and top-selling female recording artists of all time, through the now infamous anti-Bush comment made by the group's lead singer Natalie Maines in 2003.
Shut Up & Sing -- A documentary on the Dixie Chicks in the wake of singer Natalie Maines' anti-George W. Bush statement at a 2003 concert.
Shut Up & Sing -- A documentary on the Dixie Chicks in the wake of singer Natalie Maines' anti-George W. Bush statement at a 2003 concert.


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Release Date:
1 December 2006 (USA) See more »
Freedom of speech is fine as long as you don't do it in public. See more »
A documentary on the Dixie Chicks in the wake of singer Natalie Maines' anti-George W. Bush statement at a 2003 concert. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
11 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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Excellent behind-the-scenes doc See more (80 total) »


  (in credits order)

Natalie Maines ... Herself

Emily Robison ... Herself

Martie Maguire ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Clayton Allen ... Himself

Billy B. ... Himself (archive footage)
Paul Beane ... Himself
Cindi Berger ... Herself

Barbara Boxer ... Herself (archive footage)
Aaron Brown ... Himself (archive footage)

Pat Buchanan ... Himself (archive footage)

George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Randy Carroll ... Himself
Dick Cheney ... Himself (archive footage)

Darlene Conte ... Herself (as Darlene Kegan)

Anderson Cooper ... Himself (archive footage)
Lewis Dickey ... Himself (archive footage)

Dixie Chicks ... Themselves
Rebecca Hagelin ... Herself (archive footage)
Smokey Hormel ... Himself (as Gregory 'Smokey' Hormel)

Toby Keith ... Himself (archive footage)
Rob Light ... Himself
Eva Ruth Maguire ... Herself

Gareth Maguire ... Himself
Kathleen Emilie Maguire ... Herself

Bill Maher ... Himself (archive footage)
Lloyd Maines ... Himself
Kidd Manning ... Himself

John McCain ... Himself (archive footage)
John Meglen ... Himself

Bill O'Reilly ... Himself (archive footage)

Adrian Pasdar ... Himself
Jackson Slade Pasdar ... Himself
Mindi Pelletier ... Herself

Colin Powell ... Himself (archive footage)

Robin Quivers ... Herself (archive footage)
Simon Renshaw ... Himself
Charlie Robison ... Himself
Henry Benjamin Robison ... Himself
Julianna Tex Robison ... Herself
Charles Augustus Robsion ... Himself

Rick Rubin ... Himself

Donald Rumsfeld ... Himself (archive footage)

Diane Sawyer ... Herself (archive footage)
Jim Scott ... Himself

Chad Smith ... Himself
Gordon Smith ... Himself (archive footage)

Howard Stern ... Himself (archive footage)
Chris Testa ... Himself
Richard Wilkins ... Himself
Dan Wilson ... Himself
E.J. Wojtowitz ... Himself

Paula Zahn ... Herself (archive footage)

Directed by
Barbara Kopple 
Cecilia Peck 
Produced by
David Becker .... associate producer
Kelly Brennan .... associate producer
David Cassidy .... producer
Claude Davies .... co-producer
Maureen Dougherty .... line producer
Jeff Gibbs .... consulting producer
Craig Hymson .... associate producer
Barbara Kopple .... producer
Cecilia Peck .... producer
Daniel Voll .... consulting producer
Original Music by
Paul Reeves 
Cinematography by
Christine Burrill 
Joan Churchill 
Seth Gordon 
Gary Griffin 
Luis Lopez 
Film Editing by
Bob Eisenhardt 
Aaron Kuhn 
Emma Morris 
Jean Tsien 
Makeup Department
Billy B. .... personal makeup artist
Dean Bryant .... makeup artist
Production Management
Douglas O'Connor .... post-production supervisor
Sound Department
Ron Ayers .... additional sound
Alan Barker .... sound
Jason Blackburn .... sound
Susan Bryant .... additional sound
Ryan Carroll .... additional sound
David Cassidy .... additional sound
Neil Cedar .... sound editor
Ryan Chandler .... additional sound
Giovanni Di Simone .... sound
Chris Foster .... foley editor
Chris Foster .... foley recordist
Steven D. Grothe .... additional sound (as Steve Grothe)
Ken Hahn .... sound re-recording mixer
David Hocs .... additional sound
Gabriel Miller .... additional sound
Peter Miller .... sound recordist
Peter Miller .... sound
Eddie O'Connor .... additional sound
Yuri Raicin .... additional sound
Chris Testa .... audio mixer
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
Camera and Electrical Department
David Becker .... additional cinematographer
Ulli Bonnekamp .... additional cinematographer
David Cassidy .... additional cinematographer
Kevin Cloutier .... additional cinematographer
Judah-Lev Dickstein .... additional cinematographer
Jon Else .... additional cinematographer
Tamara Goldsworthy .... additional cinematographer
Michael Guilbert .... additional cinematographer
Wolfgang Held .... additional cinematographer
Barbara Kopple .... additional cinematographer
Robert Richman .... additional cinematographer
Steve Rota .... additional cinematographer
Nancy Schreiber .... additional cinematographer
Rick Seefried .... additional cinematographer
Jeff Stonehouse .... additional cinematographer
Forrest Thurman .... additional cinematographer (as Forrest Thurmond)
Craig Weaver .... additional cinematographer
Byron Werner .... additional cinematographer
Bradford Whitaker .... additional cinematographer
Editorial Department
Ari Bassin-Hill .... assistant editor
Michael Culyba .... co-editor
William Davis .... additional editor
Judah-Lev Dickstein .... first assistant editor
Molly Fink .... assistant editor
Anne Fratto .... assistant editor
Sean Frechette .... associate editor
David Gauff .... on-line editor (as David Grauff)
Lucjan Gorczynski .... first assistant editor
Shannon Guirl .... additional associate editor
Jennifer Kardiak .... assistant editor
David Meneses .... additional associate editor (as dave Meneses)
Marshall Reese .... on-line editor
Bill Stokes .... colorist
Music Department
Mike Campbell .... musician: electric & acoustic guitar, 12-string acoustic & 12-string electric guitar
Lenny Castro .... musician: percussion
Richard Dodd .... musician: cello
Fred Eltringham .... musician: drums, percussion
Marvin Etzioni .... musician: mandolin
Pete Finney .... musician: pedal steel, guitar
Audley Freed .... musician: guitar
David Grissom .... musician: band leader, guitar
Smokey Hormel .... musician: electric and acoustic guitar
Janna Jacoby .... musician: violin, mandolin
Larry Knechtel .... musician: keyboards
John Krovoza .... musician: cello
Gray Louris .... musician: acoustic & electric guitar, 12-string electric guitar, background vocals
Lloyd Maines .... music mixing engineer
Lloyd Maines .... musician: pedal steel, mandolin, octave mandolin
John Mayer .... musician: lead electric guitar
Justin Meldal-Johnsen .... musician: bass (as Justin Medal Johnson)
Keb' Mo' .... musician: singer, background vocals (as Keb 'Mo')
Jonny Polonsky .... musician: lap steel, acoustic guitar, piano, bass (as Johnny Polonsky)
Bonnie Raitt .... musician: singer, background vocals
Keith Sewell .... musician: guitar
John Silva .... music mixing engineer
Chad Smith .... musician: drums and percussion
Sebastian Steinberg .... musician: bass guitar and double bass (as Sebastian Steinberger)
Sebastian Steinberg .... musician: bass
Matt Sweeney .... musician: acoustic guitar, electric guitar
Benmont Tench .... musician: piano, harpsichord, B3 organ, harmonium, wurlitzer, tack piano, farfisa
Chris Testa .... musician: xylophone, orchestral chimes
Dan Wilson .... musician: electric & acoustic guitar, 12-string electric guitar, piano, bass, background vocals
Other crew
Rob Adams .... production assistant
Pamela Aguilar .... archival researcher (as Pam Aguilar)
Ken Anderson .... legal services: Loeb & Loeb
Roger Arar .... legal services: Loeb & Loeb
Rachel Brody .... intern
Joshua Daniels .... intern
Naomi Davis .... intern
Adam Dworkin .... production assistant
Josh Freed .... intern
David Ventura Garcia .... production assistant
Lisa Gross .... production assistant
Tim Haunert .... production assistant
Ian Holden .... intern
Peter Jaszi .... legal services
Sharon LaCruise .... archival researcher
Kenneth Lam .... intern
Elizabeth Lipschultz .... intern
Harriet Martin .... intern
Emily Oberman .... title designer: Number 17
Daniella Ponet .... intern
Dylan H. Reiff .... insurance
Ashraf Rijal .... intern
Pamela Romanowsky .... logo designer: Cabin Creek
Pamela Romanowsky .... production assistant
Steve Rota .... production assistant
Steve Schechter .... legal services
Bonnie Siegler .... title designer: Number 17
Lauren Stonehouse .... production assistant
Jon Stout .... intern
Shana Thompson .... production assistant
Jonah Volk .... production assistant
Raymond Wright .... intern
Dru Zipkin .... production assistant (as Drew Zipkin)
Chris Testa .... grateful thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing" - International (English title) (long title)
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93 min | Canada:99 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Finland:K-3 | Netherlands:6 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | USA:R (Adult language)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

"Shut Up and Sing" is also the name of a best-selling book by conservative talk radio pundit Laura Ingraham. In her book, Ingraham skewers the Dixie Chicks and other musical acts who use their concerts and television appearances to voice their political opinions.See more »
Miscellaneous: Natalie is wearing a shirt that states "Dare to Be Free," in one shot the image is mirrored left to right. Evident in the text and her hair are reversed.See more »
Natalie Maines:Just so you know, we're ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.See more »
Movie Connections:
Lubbock and Leave ItSee more »


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40 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
Excellent behind-the-scenes doc, 30 October 2006
Author: kwoods-5 from United States

I saw the film today, and it was every bit as good as I hoped it would be. Contrary to what some may think, the film is not about the Chicks whining about losing their freedom of speech. The primary focus is on the Chicks (and their manager) handling the backlash to Natalie's on-stage comment and trying to get their career back on track without the support of country radio. The film shows considerable heated discussion between the Chicks and their manager about handling their problems, and it's a side of musicians we rarely get to see. Considering that the film shows these arguments, and shows the Chicks without makeup, I don't think anyone could classify this as a vanity project.

Of course, if you hate the Dixie Chicks or love Dubya, you'll hate this film. I saw one woman walk out after one of Natalie's Bush insults, but it was the best moment of the film for me. The film also shows some of the media coverage of the Chicks backlash, including the ever-reliable Bill O'Reilly saying that the Chicks "should be slapped around." What a classy guy.

In short, I loved the film and I plan to see it again.

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