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Duets (2000)

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A professional karaoke hustler reconnects with his daughter and a bored suburban businessman turns outlaw karaoke singer, among other plotlines.

Director:

Bruce Paltrow

Writer:

John Byrum
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lochlyn Munro ... Ronny Jackson
Carol Alexander Carol Alexander ... Beth the Hostess
Michael Rogers ... Tulsa Bartender
Huey Lewis ... Ricky Dean
Amanda Kravat Amanda Kravat ... Redhead
Paul Giamatti ... Todd Woods
Ian Robison Ian Robison ... Sales Guy
Roger Haskett ... Sales Guy
John Payne ... Sales Guy
Scott Speedman ... Billy
Tom Bougers Tom Bougers ... Desk Sergeant
Marian Seldes ... Harriet Gahagan
Angie Phillips Angie Phillips ... Arlene
Steve Oatway ... Ralph Beckerman
Erika von Tagen Erika von Tagen ... Julie (as Erika Von Tagen)
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Storyline

Duets is a road-trip comedy which revolves around the little known world of karaoke and the whimsical characters who inhabit it. There's the struggling singer who dreams of making it to the big time, a frustrated salesman who ends up on an unexpected road trip, the dysfunctional family performers which includes a con-artist and his long lost daughter, and an escaped convict with the voice of an angel. All roads lead to Omaha, site of a national karaoke competition where this motley group of singers and stars come together for a blow-out sing-off. Written by <N2XFYLS@aol.com>

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Just Duet See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A dúo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,002,588, 17 September 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,734,235, 29 October 2000
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bruce Paltrow was fighting an ongoing battle cancer during this time and ultimately died in 2002, at only 58 years of age, and two years after this film was released. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the movie, when Todd Woods and his wife are sitting on the empty stage, she brings him coffee. One minute the coffee and cigarettes are in his hand and in the next shot, just the cigarettes are there. He never set down the coffee. See more »

Quotes

Todd Woods: I'm just a little tired of the American dream.
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Connections

Spoofed in Undercover Brother (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

The Tide Is High
Written by John Holt, Tyrone Evans and Howard Barrett
Performed by Candus Churchill
Vocal Tracks produced by Richard Rudolph (as Richard Rudolph)
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This movie is precious. It grows on you and won't go away.
10 January 2007 | by douglaswilsonSee all my reviews

I admit it -- I'm a total sucker for this movie for all of the right reasons, and some of the wrong ones (like, it's very touching to me that Bruce Paltrow made this movie with his daughter Gwyneth and died a year or so later). Having Huey Lewis in the movie and singing a few of his monster hits is a plus all by itself, and it turns out he can actually act decently. The Paul Giamatti - Andre Braugher duo, both in terms of plot, their excellent acting, and their blow-you-away singing performance, is something I never tire of seeing, and I've watched this movie five times and have it on disk. The plot is superficially pedestrian but actually very engaging and psychologically legitimate despite the displays of craziness by the characters. People do get crazy and do that kind of stuff. As for Gwyneth Paltrow, there seems to be no role she can't get into and occupy with beautiful effect.

This was never intended to be a Great Movie. It was a nice little story, made into a very fine, charming, stick-to-your memory movie with talent oozing out the corners. People who rate it mediocre are just not seeing the pearl for the oyster.


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