7.1/10
19,116
97 user 160 critic

Get Low (2009)

PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery | 27 August 2010 (USA)
Trailer
2:06 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
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.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
5 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

The horrific fight to the death thriller keeps your knees on edge, with its grassy sense of humor and its lack of chicken feet. This movie portrays a man on a mission to defeat the beast in... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Heisel
Stars: Dah-uh Morrow, Wendy Schweitzer, Manda McKay
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The story of the love affair between FDR and his distant cousin Margaret "Daisy" Suckley, centered around the weekend in 1939 when the King and Queen of the United Kingdom visited upstate New York.

Director: Roger Michell
Stars: Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Williams
Comedy | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him. A freelance sleuth neighbor moves Don to embark on a cross-country search for his old flames in search of answers.

Director: Jim Jarmusch
Stars: Bill Murray, Jessica Lange, Sharon Stone
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

After a disastrous debut on the pro circuit, a young golfer finds himself unexpectedly stranded in Utopia, Texas and welcomed by an eccentric rancher.

Director: Matt Russell
Stars: Lucas Black, Robert Duvall, Melissa Leo
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A graphic designer's enviable life slides into despair when his girlfriend breaks up with him.

Director: Roman Coppola
Stars: Charlie Sheen, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The story of a mysterious loner, a stranger in the process of completing a criminal job.

Director: Jim Jarmusch
Stars: Isaach De Bankolé, Alex Descas, Jean-François Stévenin
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A female marriage counselor and a male depression expert try to solve the marital problems of a troubled couple.

Director: John McNaughton
Stars: James Spader, Melora Walters, Jay Mohr
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A successful psychotherapist loses his mind after one of his most dependent patients, a manipulative, obsessively compulsive narcissist, tracks him down during his family vacation.

Director: Frank Oz
Stars: Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfuss, Julie Hagerty
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Four small-time two-bit character actors, all close friends, are competing for same important part in the next Martin Scorsese mob film.

Director: Philip Frank Messina
Stars: Adam Arkin, David Strathairn, Jon Tenney
Mercy I (2014)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A single mom and her two boys help take care of their grandmother with mystical powers.

Director: Peter Cornwell
Stars: Frances O'Connor, Shirley Knight, Chandler Riggs
The Lost City (2005)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In Havana, Cuba in the late 1950s, a wealthy family, one of whose sons is a prominent night-club owner, is caught in the violent transition from the oppressive regime of Batista to the ... See full summary »

Director: Andy Garcia
Stars: Andy Garcia, Inés Sastre, Bill Murray
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Forced to sell his family ranch to developers, a financially strapped but proud senior citizen, finally meets his grandson and gets involved with drug dealers.

Director: Emilio Aragón
Stars: Robert Duvall, Jeremy Irvine, Angie Cepeda
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Rev. Gus Horton
...
Rev. Charlie Jackson
...
Carl
...
Kathryn (as Lori Beth Edgeman)
...
WKNG Announcer
...
Bonnie
...
Tom
...
Grier
...
Gary
Tomasz Karolak ...
Orville
...
Photographer (as Andrew Stahl)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A True Tall Tale See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

27 August 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A temetésem szervezem  »

Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$9,176,553 (USA) (18 February 2011)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

|

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The story is partly derived from the funeral party thrown for himself by Felix Bushaloo Breazeale of Cave Creek, Tennessee, in 1938. See more »

Goofs

Felix is shown splitting wood by striking a wedge with the butt of a single-blade axe. The wedge is displayed when he raises the axe, butt forward, to split the last piece but when he comes down with the axe he strikes with the blade and the wedge has disappeared. See more »

Quotes

[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]
See more »


Soundtracks

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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Duvall at the Height of his power in GET LOW
18 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

Robert Duvall is one of the best American actors of the past half century. Witness his roles in To Kill a Mockingbird, The Godfather I and II, The Great Santini, Apocalypse Now, Open Range, and a full TV resume including Lonesome Dove. In Get Low, he gives a measured, understated performance as a mysterious, old hermit who makes an unusual, life changing decision. This independent film is deceptively simple and honest. Yet it is done extremely well and leaves a deep feeling about life's regrets.

After the brief image of a house burning down, we flash forward to a rural setting in the 1930's to see an old home inhabited by a reclusive, elderly man, Felix Bush (Duvall), whose disheveled appearance and reputation are the stuff of rumor and legend. Are the stories about him true? Is he a killer? Haunted by visions of a woman, he decides to arrange his own funeral before his actual demise. The funeral home is run by Frank Quinn (Bill Murray) and his loyal assistant, Buddy Robinson (Lucas Black). Felix wants to invite everyone who has a story about him to tell. He sweetens the pot by offering to raffle off his vast acreage of property. He also runs into an old acquaintance, Mattie (Sissy Spacek), who has strong ties to him from way back. He later pays a visit to a preacher in another town in hopes of having him conduct the eulogy. As the plot thickens, we find that Felix is hiding a painful secret that will have the town reexamining its prejudices and assumptions about a tortured soul who is struggling for his own redemption before it's too late.

Novice director Aaron Schneider, whose previous credits were as a cinematographer of various TV shows and movies, does a solid job with a modest budget and a lean story and script by Chris Provenzano and C. Gaby Mitchell.

It's nice to see veteran actors like Duvall, Spacek, and Murray play older characters, wrinkles and all with enthusiasm and conviction. Duvall does a splendid job of presenting a cipher of a man whose words are sparse and direct and slowly, as the story develops, begins to open up to reveal a complex person replete with feelings of guilt. There are reasons perhaps for why he is the way he is. Duvall is destined for an Oscar nomination, and Spacek arguably deserves a nod for strong support. Bill Murray as the funeral director does a convincing job as a businessman who isn't quite a villain or hero. He is carving a nice career niche as a dramatic character actor (aside from being a comedic superstar).

The film successfully evokes the period of depression era, small town USA. There are few items to quibble about; however, a violent break in at the funeral home doesn't really forward the plot and is never fully explained.

There are similarities in Felix and the noble character in The Ballad of Cable Hogue. In both films, the protagonist is an aged, stubborn loner, and in the end, as his life is in its twilight, the truth sets him free. Perhaps the lesson here is that each person has a story, and some of the stories are not always evident. With Get Low, we get to see the bittersweet tale of a broken heart. Your heart will be moved too.


31 of 33 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Some reasons why some people think it is over rated. graydogs
Who Gets All That Money? ocarol7
What? No stories?? shaggy61
So-called 'Goofs' The-Kurgan
My Only Gripe. mgga99
Great Film! adamfisch
Discuss Get Low (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?