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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 more »

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Lily Penleric
Michael Davis ...
Dean Arthur Pembroke (as Michael Davis)
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Professor Wallace Aldrich
Gregory Russell Cook ...
Fate Honeycutt
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Elna Penleric
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Harriet Tolliver
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Deladis Slocumb
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Viney Butler
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Alice Kincaid
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Tom Bledsoe
Bart Hansard ...
Hilliard
Erin Blake Clanton ...
Polly
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Earl Giddens
Kristin Hall ...
Isabel
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Reese Kincaid
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Dexter Speaks
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Parley Gentry
Iris DeMent ...
Rose Gentry
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Clementine McFarland
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Ambrose McFarland
Taylor Hayes ...
Reverend Merriweather
Josh Goforth ...
Will
Don Pedi ...
Barn Band - Dulcimer
Sheila Kay Adams ...
Barn Band - Banjo
Bobby McMillon ...
Singer at Barn Dance
Hazel Dickens ...
Singer at Barn Dance
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Josie Moore
Danny Nelson ...
Uncle Cratis
David Ducey ...
Postman Johnson
Steven Sutherland ...
Cyrus Whittle
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shawn Lindsay ...
Dancer at Barn Dance (uncredited)

Directed by

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Maggie Greenwald

Written by

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Maggie Greenwald ... (written by)

Produced by

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Patrick Allen ... associate producer
Elizabeth Finkelstein ... associate producer
Caroline Kaplan ... executive producer
Richard Miller ... producer
Ellen Rigas-Venetis ... producer (as Ellen Rigas Venetis)
Jennifer Roth ... co-producer (as Jennifer M. Roth)
Wendy Sax ... co-producer
Jonathan Sehring ... executive producer
Lisa Vandever ... associate producer

Music by

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David Mansfield

Cinematography by

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Enrique Chediak

Film Editing by

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Keith Reamer

Editorial Department

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Michael Best ... post-production intern
Fred Heid ... color timer
Anna Josenhans ... assistant editor
Patricia Sztaba ... negative cutter: Match Cut Film Services
Stan Sztaba ... negative cutter: Match Cut Film Services
Joe Violante ... dailies advisor
George Koran ... telecine colorist (uncredited)

Casting By

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Vivian Hasbrouk
Tracy Kilpatrick
Ellen Parks

Production Design by

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Ginger Tougas

Art Direction by

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Molly Mikula

Set Decoration by

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Marthe Pineau

Costume Design by

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Kasia Walicka-Maimone ... (as Kasia Walicka Maimone)

Makeup Department

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Karina Castaneda ... hair extension specialist: Janet McTeer
Vanessa Davis ... hair assistant
Teresa Foshee ... makeup assistant
Philip Ivey ... key hair stylist (as Phillip Ivey)
Rachel Kick ... key makeup artist
Sarah Mays ... makeup artist
Rita Parillo ... hair assistant
Monica Selanikio ... hair extension specialist: Jane Adams

Production Management

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Lizz Grant ... production manager
Jamey Pryde ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Bill Blyler ... second assistant director (as William Blyler)
Adam Escott ... first assistant director
Michael A. Moffa ... second second assistant director (as Michael Moffa)

Art Department

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Jennifer Braverman ... art department intern
Chris Broom ... carpenter
Sally Bryenton ... assistant scenic artist
Jay Cooke ... construction coordinator
Forrest Deffenbaugh ... lead man
Rebecca Deffenbaugh ... art department assistant
Elizabeth Ellison ... artwork: Alice's paintings
Kathy Hamilton ... art buyer
Jamie House ... set dresser
Doug Mackenzie ... prop master
Dia Martori ... art department intern (as Dia Morgan)
Shane Meador ... art department intern
Audra Morgan ... carpenter
Heather Neeld ... art department coordinator
Guy Picard ... set dresser
Philip Schneider ... prop assistant (as Phil Schneider)
Stephen True ... construction foreman
Gayle Wurthner ... head scenic artist (as Gayle Wurther)

Sound Department

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Louis Bertini ... sound editor
David Boulton ... adr engineer
Nancy Cabrera ... foley artist
Timothy Cargioli ... boom operator (as Tim Cargioli)
Eric A. Christoffersen ... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Pam DeMetruis-Thomas ... supervising sound editor (as Pam DeMetruis)
Patrick Dundas ... foley engineer
Matthew Fleece ... adr engineer
Youngblood Haske ... cable person
Kevin Lee ... sound editor
Jennifer Murphy ... sound mixer
Angela Organ ... assistant sound editor
Barbara Parks ... assistant sound editor
Peter Waggoner ... re-recording mixer
Evan Benjamin ... assistant sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)

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Janos Pilenyi ... optical effects supervisor
Ulli Reichhold ... optical layout
Ariel Enriquez Saulog ... digital supervisor
Sean Mullen ... digital artist: Encore Visual Effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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John Copeman ... stunts
Manny Siverio ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Darrell Blevins ... best boy grip
Jim Bridges ... still photographer (as James Bridges)
Gene Coffey ... grip
Buddy Humphreys ... grip
Forrest James Hurley ... electrician
Alyson Latz ... second assistant camera
John McEnerney ... key grip
Daniel Murphy ... best boy electric
Gene Page ... still photographer
Joseph Quirk ... gaffer
Rick Raphael ... steadicam operator
Amy Silverman ... first assistant camera
David Troutman ... grip
Sidney N. Williams ... video playback operator
Aurelia Winborn ... camera operator (as Aurelia J. Winborn)
John Mark Young ... electrician

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Robin Rose Alexander ... wardrobe assistant
Cara Borrelli ... wardrobe supervisor (as Cara Czekanski)
Dawn Weisberg ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

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Jeff Goldman ... assistant location manager
Heather Holland ... location intern
Lance Holland ... location manager
Jerry Rogers ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Sheila K. Adams ... vocal coach (as Sheila Kay Adams)
Dale Brady-Wilson ... music research assistant
Christopher Covert ... soundtrack album producer
Shari Johanson ... music editor (as Shari Schwartz Johanson)
David Mansfield ... music arranger: "Barbara Allen" / musical director
Tony Volante ... score mixer

Transportation Department

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Jon Bergholz ... transportation coordinator
Kevin Andrew Hyde ... driver
Mark MacQueen Selhorst ... transportation captain
Jason R. Shaw ... driver production assistant
Jerry Ted Shelton ... local transportation captain
Charlie Thomas ... additional driver (as Charles Thomas)
Timothy S. Vandenberghe ... driver production assistant

Other crew

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Richard Abernethy ... adr loop group
Jerry Adams ... dialect advisor
Sheila K. Adams ... advisor: traditional balladry (as Sheila Kay Adams)
Sara Jo Allocco ... adr loop group (as Sara Allocco)
Betsy Alton ... production coordinator
Andrew Barnhill ... assistant: Mr. Quinn
Tasha Biering ... production assistant
Ray Bivins ... fire coordinator
Jason Block ... post-production accountant
Susan H. Bodine ... legal services: Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz & Weinstein LLP (as Susan Bodine Esq.)
Beverly Butler ... adr loop group
Andrea F. Cannistraci ... legal services: Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz & Weinstein LLP (as Andrea Cannistraci Esq.)
Glenn 'Wookie' Chestnut ... chef: Big Dog Catering Inc.
Ali Clark ... production office assistant
Pierrot Colonna ... assistant accountant
Kay Cook ... assistant to director
Lynn Cornfoot ... production assistant
Jarrod Councill ... production assistant
Liesel de Boor ... research assistant
Carl Denning ... fire fighter: Ashville Station #3
Bonnie Dennison ... adr loop group
Lisa Diamond ... post-production accountant
Charlotte Fleck ... dialect coach
Trixie Flynn ... assistant: Mr. Quinn
Brian Godshall ... legal services
Jonathan Hadley ... adr loop group
Borys Jakymovych ... title designer (as Borys Jarymovych)
Sondra James ... loop group coordinator
Phil Jamison ... consultant: traditional dance
Erika Laibson ... stand-in
Pamela Lewis ... adr loop group
Bonnie Basile Mackenzie ... craft service
Lisa Mattox ... production office assistant
Conan McCarty ... adr loop group
Spike McClure ... adr loop group
Paul Monroe ... fire fighter: Ashville Station #3
Marygrace O'Shea ... research assistant
Dick Parkinson ... animal wrangler
Tanoa Parks ... assistant accountant
Colin Penney ... production assistant
Philip Ryan Perry ... production assistant
Alice M. Peschl ... key set production assistant
Erik Pflaumbaum ... production secretary
Phil Rodowsky ... dialogue: continuity & spotting script
Todd Rodowsky ... dialogue: continuity & spotting script
Connie Schrader ... choreographer
Brent Silver ... fire fighter: Ashville Station #3
Chad Slagle ... production assistant
Carmen Snyder ... assistant production coordinator
Peggy Sutton ... script supervisor
Kelli Taylor ... assistant: Ms. McTeer
Steve Toth ... chef: Big Dog Catering Inc.
Wayne Warren ... set security
Jenn Wertz ... production office assistant
Whitney J. Willard ... production accountant
John Wilson ... fire fighter: Ashville Station #3
Howard Samuelsohn ... dialect coach (uncredited)

Thanks

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Shurla Alexander ... special thanks
David Brose ... special thanks: The John C. Campbell Folk School
Olive Dame Campbell ... grateful acknowledgment
John Curry ... special thanks
Dan Gellert ... special thanks
Maixing Mansfield Greenwald ... special thanks
Shirley Greenwald ... special thanks
William Greenwald ... special thanks
Larry Hopkins ... special thanks: The Ananda Hair Salon
Tracy McKnight ... special thanks
William K. McNeil ... special thanks: Ozark Folk Center (as Dr. William K. McNeil)
Daisy Miller ... special thanks
Frances Miller ... special thanks
Graeme Miller ... special thanks
Kate O'Connell ... special thanks
Henry Queen ... special thanks
Mary Jane Queen ... special thanks
Doris Rigas ... special thanks
James Rigas ... special thanks
John Rigas ... special thanks
Michael Rigas ... special thanks
Timothy Rigas ... special thanks
Cecil J. Sharp ... grateful acknowledgment
Rodney Sutton ... special thanks
Peter Venetis ... special thanks
Dean Williams ... special thanks: Appalachian State University
Jane Wright ... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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 land? Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Also Known As
  • Song Catcher (World-wide, English title)
  • Recolectora de canciones (Argentina)
  • Coletora de Canções (Brazil)
  • Musikskatten (Sweden)
  • Lovac na pjesme (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnian title)
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Runtime
  • 109 min
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Budget $1,800,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $41,967, 17 Jun 2001

Did You Know?

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Trivia The picture is partially loosely based on English folk song collector Cecil J. Sharp who is characterized in the film as Professor Cyrus Whittle (Steven Sutherland). The movie is also partially loosely based on the musical work of Olive Dame Campbell, who was the Founder of "The John C. Campbell Folk School" in Brasstown, North Carolina. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider/Sexy Beast/Songcatcher (2001). See more »
Soundtracks Come All You Fair and Tender Ladies See more »
Crazy Credits Thank you to the people of Western Mountains of North Carolina. 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.
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