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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.


Michael Schorr


Michael Schorr
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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


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


Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

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In one of the dancing scenes, a crewmember runs across the screen as the camera follows the elderly dancing couples. See more »


Captain Kirk: [while hooking up Schultze's boat] I'm captain Kirk.
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References Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) See more »


Valse qui me porte en terre
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It's never too late to find happiness.
9 January 2006 | by acrisisblogSee all my reviews

This is a 2003 German film that recently found it's way to my local video store. It is a different film than I usually find, very plain on the surface, yet incredibly complex at the same time. It tells a simple story in a very understated way and the overall effect is quite powerful.

Schultze is a recently retired miner, a hard working man that now finds a lot of time on his hands and not much else. His mother is in a nursing home with dementia, his only family his mates from work who like to share a glass of beer when they get the chance. The imagery in this film is stark and dramatic. The long pauses tempt you to reach for the fast forward button, but they create the emptiness you will understand about Schultze's life. His only bright spot is his accordion, and his membership in the local music club which is celebrating their 50th anniversary. This year they offer a special prize, an expense paid trip to Texas. The club received an invitation from their "sister city" to send one person to their annual German-American festival. The winner will be selected at their Anniversary concert, "may we put you down for your usual polka Schultze?" As the story slowly unfolds, you may begin to see the threads that weave this beautiful tapestry. Or they may be so subtle that they go past you like a line on the sidewalk that you step over everyday. In the end, you will hopefully get the message about going out and finding happiness wherever you can.

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German | English | French

Release Date:

22 April 2004 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Germany See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,074, 20 February 2005

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Technical Specs



Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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