7.2/10
3,085
77 user 38 critic

Songcatcher (2000)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music | 27 July 2001 (USA)
Trailer
2:22 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Prime Video

ON DISC
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 »

Director:

Maggie Greenwald
5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Kill-Off (1989)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Business at The Pavilion bar is down so Pete and Rags decide that the best way to get The Pavilion off the skids is to turn it into a strip joint.

Director: Maggie Greenwald
Stars: Loretta Gross, Andrew Lee Barrett, Jackson Sims
Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Widowed Kieran Johnson is a lonely, middle-aged, Chicago-based high school history teacher who feels disconnected to his life. He decides to take a trip to his mother's small old hometown ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Quinn
Stars: Aidan Quinn, James Caan, Jacob Tierney
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A young Hungarian girl struggles to find her place in the world when she's reunited with her parents in the USA years after she was left behind during their flight from the communist country in the 1950s.

Director: Éva Gárdos
Stars: Nastassja Kinski, Scarlett Johansson, Raffaella Bánsági
Crusoe (1988)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Robinson Crusoe is shipwrecked and he finds himself all alone on a tropical island. With a few tools he manages to rescue from the wreck he has to learn to support himself until help arrives.

Director: Caleb Deschanel
Stars: Aidan Quinn, Ade Sapara, Elvis Payne
Happy Now (2001)
Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A teenage girl whose eerie resemblance to a local Welsh beauty queen killed 14 years earlier disturbs one of the men responsibile for her accidental death.

Director: Philippa Cousins
Stars: Philip Howe, Emmy Rossum, Robert Pugh
Drama | History | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A historic chronicle based on the book by Dee Brown explains how Native Americans were displaced as the United States expanded west.

Director: Yves Simoneau
Stars: Aidan Quinn, Adam Beach, August Schellenberg
Nola (2003)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

An urban fairy tale-romantic comedy, in which Nola, an aspiring songwriter, leaves an abusive Kansas home and journeys to New York to find her biological father. Once there, she finds more ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Hruska
Stars: Emmy Rossum, Steven Bauer, James Badge Dale
Cousins (1989)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Two couples go to a mutual friend's wedding and end up swapping partners.

Director: Joel Schumacher
Stars: Ted Danson, Isabella Rossellini, Sean Young
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Two strangers meet and fall in love during the weekend that they are planning their respective weddings.

Director: Steven Feder
Stars: Natasha Henstridge, Michael Vartan, Michael Rispoli
Plainsong (TV Movie 2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Tom Guthrie, a high school history teacher, is faced with raising two young sons after his wife leaves him. Maggie Jones, a fellow teacher, tries to provide comfort and support.

Director: Richard Pearce
Stars: Aidan Quinn, Rachel Griffiths, America Ferrera
Passionada (2002)
Comedy | Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Passionada is a romantic comedy about a Portuguese widow whose husband, a fisherman, died at sea. The widow's naive teenage daughter wants to be a professional gambler and she convinces her... See full summary »

Director: Dan Ireland
Stars: Jason Isaacs, Sofia Milos, Emmy Rossum
Empire Falls (2005)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A decaying New England town is the backdrop for its unique citizens, led by unassuming restaurant manager Miles Roby.

Stars: Ed Harris, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Helen Hunt
Edit

Cast

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
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Coletora de Canções See more »

Filming Locations:

Asheville, North Carolina, USA

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,967, 17 June 2001

Gross USA:

$3,050,934
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Actress Emmy Rossum received an 'introducing' credit. See more »

Goofs

Kudzu is shown growing in the forest. Kudzu was introduced into Appalachia in the 1930s from Japan to slow erosion. Kudzu would not have been present during the period this movie covers. (Keeping in mind, of course, that in order to produce a film about the Appalachians WITHOUT the kudzu would of course require filming in another region, as to date there have been very few if any successful attempts at denuding their fast-paced growth.) See more »

Quotes

Viney Butler: Alice, you're gonna have to keep Reese away from you. Well, if you don't want butter, you gotta pull the dasher out in time.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Thank you to the people of Western Mountains of North Carolina. See more »


Soundtracks

Sally Goodin
Traditional folk song
Played on violin by Josh Goforth and
Danced by E. Katherine Kerr, Taylor Hayes, Emmy Rossum, Rhoda Griffis,
Steve Boles
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Music (Maker) Lover's Delight
12 October 2007 | by BobStein-VisiBoneSee all my reviews

Beautiful music, and even more beautiful portrayal of a music-lover. The main character Lily's love oozes off the screen and shames everyone who's ever made a tape or CD music collection with far less effort and trial -- and persistence. No less beautiful is the love that catches fire between the leads, and where it takes them.

If you believe music, not to mention love, should be near the helm of your ship, you will savor the textures of this surprisingly fine home-made wine of a story. If you've also ever loved simple folk music, then that will be sinfully delicious icing on the cake. Hat's off to the crew for this very-obviously (and satisfyingly successful) labor of love.


20 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 77 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows to Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse all our free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed