After being denied a promotion at the university where she teaches, Doctor Lily Penleric, a brilliant musicologist, impulsively visits her sister, who runs a struggling rural school in ... See full summary »

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Maggie Greenwald
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Janet McTeer ... Lily Penleric
Michael Davis Michael Davis ... Dean Arthur Pembroke (as Michael Davis)
Michael Goodwin ... Professor Wallace Aldrich
Gregory Russell Cook Gregory Russell Cook ... Fate Honeycutt
Jane Adams ... Elna Penleric
E. Katherine Kerr ... Harriet Tolliver
Emmy Rossum ... Deladis Slocumb
Pat Carroll ... Viney Butler
Stephanie Roth Haberle ... Alice Kincaid
Aidan Quinn ... Tom Bledsoe
Bart Hansard ... Hilliard
Erin Blake Clanton Erin Blake Clanton ... Polly
David Patrick Kelly ... Earl Giddens
Kristin Hall Kristin Hall ... Isabel
Michael Harding ... Reese Kincaid
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After being denied a promotion at the university where she teaches, Doctor Lily Penleric, a brilliant musicologist, impulsively visits her sister, who runs a struggling rural school in Appalachia. There she stumbles upon the discovery of her life - a treasure trove of ancient Scots-Irish ballads, songs that have been handed down from generation to generation, preserved intact by the seclusion of the mountains. With the goal of securing her promotion, Lily ventures into the most isolated areas of the mountains to collect the songs and finds herself increasingly enchanted - not only by the rugged purity of the music, but also by the raw courage and endurance of the local people as they carve out meaningful lives against the harshest conditions. It is not, however, until she meets Tom - a handsome, hardened war veteran and talented musician - that she's forced to examine her motivations. Is the "Songcatcher," as Tom insists, no better than the men who exploit the people and extort their ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and an intense scene of childbirth | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Two of the film's lead cast, Michael Davis and Michael Goodwin, were both first-named "Michael". Moreover, the two actors portrayed two academics, Dean Arthur Pembroke and Professor Wallace Aldrich PhD respectively. See more »

Goofs

Except for Dexter Speaks, when the other characters play banjo, we hear many more notes than they actually strum. See more »

Quotes

Lily Penleric: Are you drunk?
Tom Bledsoe: I'm not drunk, I'm... celebrating.
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Thank you to the people of Western Mountains of North Carolina. See more »


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When Love Is New
Written by Dolly Parton
Performed by Dolly Parton and Emmy Rossum
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a major movie for grownups
20 January 2002 | by stuhh2001See all my reviews

Finally, a movie that does not insult your intelligence. No anorexic Barbie dolls, or exploding cars, so beloved by the 100% red blooded American male. Aidan Quinn, who I could "take or leave" in previous performances delivers a masterful performance, in my opinion. Janet Mcteer whose character is the "glue", holding the story together, also justifies her selection for this role. But the "revelation" of the film, is the performance of Pat Carroll as Viney Butler. If this isn't Academy Award level acting then I haven't learned anything in over fifty years of filmgoing. The only way I remember her, is as a sometime guest on the Jack Paar show. I have not seen her act ever. I had no idea I was watching Pat Carroll untill I glanced at the box the video came in. I was incredulous! Completely gone was any characteristic of Pat Carroll, and in her place was this mountain woman, surviving for about seventy years in an enviornment that would give most of us nervous breakdowns. Pat, this role is truly your magnum opus! God bless you.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Songcatcher See more »

Filming Locations:

Asheville, North Carolina, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,967, 17 June 2001

Gross USA:

$3,059,834

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,171,273
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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