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Songcatcher (2000)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music | 27 July 2001 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lily Penleric
Michael Davis ... Dean Arthur Pembroke (as Michael Davis)
... Professor Wallace Aldrich
Gregory Russell Cook ... Fate Honeycutt
... Elna Penleric
... Harriet Tolliver
... Deladis Slocumb
... Viney Butler
... Alice Kincaid
... Tom Bledsoe
Bart Hansard ... Hilliard
Erin Blake Clanton ... Polly
... Earl Giddens
Kristin Hall ... Isabel
... 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

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

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Coletora de Canções  »

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Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,967, 17 June 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,050,934, 9 September 2001
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The film won the Special Jury Prize for outstanding ensemble performance at the Sundance Film Festival in the year 2000. See more »

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

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


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The Ballad of Barbara Allen
Performed a cappela by Janet McTeer and Emmy Rossum
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Honest view of Appalachia circa early 1900's
1 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

This movie accomplishes many things within the premise of "Songcatching". The movie exposes the hardships, ignorances, prejudices, resourcefulness, intelligence, commonsense and heart of the people who remained out of touch with "progress".

The movie has some graphic and controversial scenes; but the majority is appropriate for all ages.

The way the folk music is in-twined in the lives of the local people is magical and authentic. I wish a sound track was available with the full versions of the "collected" songs in the original voices of the actors, in the same simplistic way they were produced for the movie.

This is a movie I have enjoyed on many occasions and look forward to future viewings. I have purchased the DVD.


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