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Shut Up & Sing (2006)

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A documentary on the Dixie Chicks in the wake of singer Natalie Maines' anti-George W. Bush statement at a 2003 concert.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Natalie Maines ... Herself
Emily Robison ... Herself
Martie Maguire ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Clayton Allen Clayton Allen ... Himself
Billy B. ... Himself (archive footage)
Paul Beane Paul Beane ... Himself
Cindi Berger Cindi Berger ... Herself
Barbara Boxer ... Herself (archive footage)
Aaron Brown Aaron Brown ... Himself (archive footage)
Pat Buchanan ... Himself (archive footage)
George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Randy Carroll Randy Carroll ... Himself
Dick Cheney ... Himself (archive footage)
Darlene Conte ... Herself (as Darlene Kegan)
Anderson Cooper ... Himself (archive footage)
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Storyline

In 2003, the female country band, The Dixie Chicks, are at the top of their game being one of the most successful bands of all time. However with the US invasion of Iraq about to begin over frustrated worldwide objections about this needless war, one of the Chick vents off the cuff in concert about being ashamed of US President George W. Bush. This statement sparks a firestorm of organized and personal right wing attacks against the Chicks for daring to think they have the right to express a negative personal opinion about the President. This film covers the band's effort to ride out the turmoil that would leave their careers under a cloud, but would eventually give them a opportunity to grow as great artists who bow to no one. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Freedom of speech is fine as long as you don't do it in public. See more »


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Details

Official Sites:

Dixie Chicks | Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shut Up and Sing See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,103, 29 October 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,215,045

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,902,212, 11 January 2009
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cabin Creek Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

"Shut Up and Sing" is also the name of a best-selling book by conservative talk radio pundit Laura Ingraham. In her book, Ingraham skewers the Dixie Chicks and other musical acts who use their concerts and television appearances to voice their political opinions. See more »

Goofs

Natalie is wearing a shirt that states "Dare to Be Free," in one shot the image is mirrored left to right. Evident in the text and her hair are reversed. See more »

Quotes

Man on Phone: They should send her to Iraq, strap her to a bomb and just drop her over Baghdad.
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Features Super Bowl XXXVII (2003) See more »

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A film everyone can enjoy
13 September 2006 | by cbouldingSee all my reviews

I just saw this film at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and wanted to spread the word right away.

This is a great documentary that will appeal to anyone, even if you don't like country music (which I don't). The screening was held at 9:30am on a Wednesday and the theatre was packed. The entire audience seemed to have a great time which added another level to the film. This is the type of movie that needs to be seen in the theatre to get the full experience.

Similar to Metalica: Some Kind of Monster, this film goes beyond the usual formulaic making of an album film, and into what happens when the real world intrudes into these insular lives.


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