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Schultze Gets the Blues (2003)

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Schultze is an accordion player and newly without work. When the local music club celebrates its 50th anniversary, his taste of music changes unexpectedly.

Director:

Michael Schorr

Writer:

Michael Schorr
11 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Horst Krause ... Schultze
Harald Warmbrunn Harald Warmbrunn ... Jürgen
Karl-Fred Müller Karl-Fred Müller ... Manfred
Ursula Schucht Ursula Schucht ... Jürgen's Wife
Hannelore Schubert Hannelore Schubert ... Manfred's Wife
Erwin Meinicke Erwin Meinicke ... Skatspieler
Hans Hohmann Hans Hohmann ... Skatspieler
Siegfried Zimmermann Siegfried Zimmermann ... Skatspieler
Maik Gustävel Maik Gustävel ... Automaten-Monteur
Annegret Fritz Annegret Fritz ... Wirtin
Wolfgang Boos Wolfgang Boos ... Gatekeeper
Werner Boche Werner Boche ... Rasenpfleger
Dora Solter Dora Solter ... Dame
Anna Spengler Anna Spengler ... Dame
Erika Kirchhof Erika Kirchhof ... Dame
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Storyline

Schultze is a retired lignite miner living in an East German village and a passionate Polka musician on his accordion. One night he listens to a Zydeco tune in the radio, which changes his taste of music radically. Notwithstanding his complete ignorance of the English language he starts a trip into the heart of the Zydeco; to Louisana. Written by Moritz Muehlenhoff <jmm@inutil.org>

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Taglines:

It's never too late to re-tune your soul

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | English | French

Release Date:

22 April 2004 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Härra Schultze pensionipõlv See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,722, 20 February 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$594,115, 17 July 2005
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

The scene when Schultze becomes ill at "The Rockin' Bowl, New Orleans " and is helped down a flight of stairs, then the next scene is on a boat in the swamp. From that " Rockin' Bowl "on Carrollton Ave. in New Orleans to the Atchafalaya Swamp isn't nearby, it's over a two hour drive. See more »

Quotes

Captain Kirk: [while hooking up Schultze's boat] I'm captain Kirk.
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Connections

References Star Trek (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Zydeco from 1988
Written by Bobbie Robinson
Performed by Zydeco Force
from the album "You Mean The World To Me"
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A brand new life after retirement
2 December 2003 | by davidcarbajalesSee all my reviews

Schultze, a middle-age early retired German miner always had played polkas with his accordion. Even his father played polkas before him. Now he's retired and there's not much to do in his new boring life. Just eating alone, drinking beer with his friends and playing the accordion. But one night he listens to an exciting music on the radio: a cajun melody and he can not help to play it since that moment. He has found a new meaning to his new life. Comedy, drama, tenderness and a little music on this touching German movie. When I was watching it I couldn't get rid of the thought I was watching the real image of Peter Griffin, the main character of the cartoon series "A Family Guy". "Schultze Gets the Blues" has been awarded as the best movie in the 41th Gijón International Film Festival and its director, Michael Schorr was the best director as well. And I must say both of them were deserved.


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