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

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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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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References Star Trek (1966) See more »

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Schultze Polka
Written & Performed by Thomas Wittenbecher
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Many subtle layers
17 April 2005 | by thutton-2See all my reviews

I loved this movie. First of all there's the surface. Schultze is just so goddammed lovable. He pulls you in. Then there are the layers. And there are so many.

The juxtapositions. Schultze riding his bicycle on one side of the screen and the dirt bikers buzzing over the top of slag heaps on the other. His small garden house, a little Eden, overshadowed, of course, by a very large and nearly ancient slag heap.

Then the odd wanderlust. The woman at his mother's nursing home who insists she's French despite the fact that she's in a nursing home in East Germany. Followed by his sojourn to Louisiana, which insists on being French despite the fact that it's in America. Did he go there looking for her?

Then the premonitions. Early on a brief sound bite on the radio about lung cancer. Then near the end, he's offered a meal of crabs in the bayou. "Ja, Krebs," he says. Krebs means cancer in German. And he was a miner, so worked every day breathing radon. Did he have cancer?

And of course the music. An accordionist who plays the local polka, he picks up zydeco by ear and loves it. But his fellow Germans don't like it, and they're even less interested in the US. In fact he stops playing after he gets to America. They want polka even more than the Germans do, albeit a strange American kind that includes yodeling.

Then the unspoken. So much of this story is told by pictures, not dialog. It's a subtlety that Hollywood has completely lost touch with. It's so refreshing to see it again.

This movie is a delight. I defy anyone to dislike it. There's something of An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge in it, but it's not quite that facile.

It's a quiet tour de force. I want more.


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