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Get Low (2009)

PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery | 27 August 2010 (USA)
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A movie spun out of equal parts folk tale, fable and real-life legend about the mysterious, 1930s Tennessee hermit who famously threw his own rollicking funeral party... while he was still alive.

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Rev. Gus Horton
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Rev. Charlie Jackson
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Carl
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Felix Bush (Robert Duvall) is a hermit who has no regard for anybody in the town or anyone who wants to get to know him. But one day, after a fellow old hermit has died and he hears people in the town telling stories about him, he decides that he needs to get these stories out in the public. He recruits Frank (Bill Murray), the local funeral home director, to host his own funeral. This way he can hear what everyone is saying about him, and get the truth to his past out in the open. But will he be able to get anybody to come? And will he be able to reveal his secrets? Written by napierslogs

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Every secret dies somewhere. See more »

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Drama | Mystery

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Rated PG-13 for some thematic material and brief violent content | See all certifications »

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27 August 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Funeral Party  »

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Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$88,182 (USA) (30 July 2010)

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$9,176,553 (USA) (18 February 2011)
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The story is partly derived from the funeral party thrown for himself by Felix Bushaloo Breazeale of Cave Creek, Tennessee, in 1938. See more »

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You can see a camera man in the reflection of the funeral coach. See more »

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[first lines]
Rev. Gus Horton: Good morning, sir.
Felix Bush: It's a hard life if you can't read.
Rev. Gus Horton: Pardon?
Felix Bush: [gestures toward NO DAMN TRESPASSING sign]
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My Blue Heaven
(1924)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by George Whiting
Performed by Gene Austin
Courtesy of RCA Records and the RCA/Jive Label Group
A Unit of Sony Music Entertainment
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Funeral for a Man Alive
27 February 2011 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the 30's, in Caleb County, the loathed hermit Felix Bush (Robert Duvall) offers a large amount of money to the local Rev. Gus Horton (Gerald McRaney) to organize his funeral, but the preacher refuses the request. The family man Buddy Robinson (Lucas Black) overhears the conversation and talks to his boss Frank Quinn (Bill Murray); they visit Felix and offer the service of the Quinn Funeral Home. Felix requests a funeral party and invites anyone that has a story to tell about him. Further, he offers his three hundred acre land for US$ 5.00 a ticket to be disputed in a raffle. When Felix asks Buddy to drive him to Illinois to see Rev. Charlie Jackson (Bill Cobbs), Buddy learns that Felix has a painful secret and need the help of his friend to disclose it to the population.

"Get Low" has an interesting premise of a funeral for a man that is still alive in a good screenplay. The cast is excellent, with Robert Duvall, Lucas Black, Bill Murray, Bill Cobbs and Sissy Spacek. The reconstitution of the 30's is very careful in an excellent work of costumes and art direction. Unfortunately, the story is weak, and the revelation of Felix's secret that should be the climax of the film does not impact and neither justify the attitude of Felix Bush toward the locals nor his self-punishment. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Segredos de um Funeral" ("Secrets of a Funeral")


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