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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

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 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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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

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Box Office

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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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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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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Single Girl
Traditional folk song
Sung a cappella by Pat Carroll and Janet McTeer
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I'm not drunk, I'm... celebrating.
31 August 2007 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

What is life for? That's a question that many people throughout the ages have asked. There is no question in the mind of Tom Bledsoe (Aidan Quinn). Life is for enjoying. His idea of enjoying is playing music and drinking corn liquor. I don't know if I can argue with that.

Neither could Lily Penleric (Janet McTeer), Doctor of Musicology, who came up into the mountains to visit her sister Elna (Jane Adams), and discovered music that had not been heard by "outlanders" in hundreds of years. Songs that were originally written in Ireland and Scotland and hidden in the Apppalatian Mountains. She discovered that there was indeed culture among those whom the outlanders considered ignorant, inbred hillbillies, and she was determined to capture and share that culture.

In the process, she learned what life was really all about. It was a beautiful, tender story about people and differences; like the reaction over the discovery of her sister's partner, Harriet (E. Katherine Kerr).

The music was awesome, and this was Emmy Rossum's first movie. I loved her in The Phantom of the Opera, The Day after Tomorrow, and Mystic River; and now add another great performance to the list. I wasn't inclined to see Posiden, but I will make it a point now to see her again.

I have to end with a note about Pat Carroll, who played Viney Butlet. Her career is is old as i am and I am sure that I have probably seen her many times over the years and not known who she was. I will not forget now, as she was the most interesting character in the movie. Brava!


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