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Honeydripper (2007)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama, History | 9 May 2008 (UK)
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1950. Rural Alabama. Cotton harvest. It's a make-or-break weekend for the Honeydripper Lounge and its owner, piano player Tyrone "Pine Top" Purvis. Deep in debt to the liquor man, the ... See full summary »

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John Sayles

Writer:

John Sayles
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Glover ... Tyrone Purvis
LisaGay Hamilton ... Delilah
Yaya DaCosta ... China Doll
Charles S. Dutton ... Maceo
Vondie Curtis-Hall ... Slick
Gary Clark Jr. ... Sonny
Mable John Mable John ... Bertha Mae
Stacy Keach ... Sheriff Pugh
Nagee Clay ... Scratch
Absalom Adams Absalom Adams ... Lonnie
Arthur Lee Williams Arthur Lee Williams ... Metalmouth Sims
Ruben Santiago-Hudson ... Stokely
Davenia McFadden Davenia McFadden ... Nadine
Daryl Edwards ... Shack Thomas
Sean Patrick Thomas ... Dex
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Storyline

1950. Rural Alabama. Cotton harvest. It's a make-or-break weekend for the Honeydripper Lounge and its owner, piano player Tyrone "Pine Top" Purvis. Deep in debt to the liquor man, the chicken man, and the landlord, Tyrone is desperate to lure the young cotton pickers and local Army base recruits into his juke joint, away from Touissant's, the rival joint across the way. His plan to hire a guitar legend go awry and Tyrone is forced to take drastic action in a final scheme to save the club. Written by Anonymous

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This better be some Saturday night!


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief violence and some suggestive material | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Honeydripper - Do Blues ao Rock See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,856, 30 December 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$267,880, 22 June 2008
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

For the scenes in which Tyrone Purvis (Danny Glover) is playing the piano, the close-ups of his hands were performed by Henderson Huggins, a Tuscaloosa, Alabama-based pianist and piano tuner. Huggins, who has been blind since childhood due to glaucoma, got the job when the movie's director and producer team of John Sayles and Maggie Renzi received a tape of Huggins from the Alabama Blues Project, a Tuscaloosa organization dedicated to musical education and the preservation of the history of Alabama Blues. See more »

Goofs

Though set in 1950 the one dollar bills paid to get into the show by patrons are not silver certificates but rather current currency. See more »


Soundtracks

Honeydripper
Written by Billy Novick & Mason Daring
Published by Daring Music
Administered by Universal Music Inc. (ASCAP)
Performed by The Aces of Spade
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Good show, worth music alone.
20 February 2008 | by hawkstepginsSee all my reviews

The movie was enjoyable. Only complaint would be that it moved slowly, and with a two-hour length ... made it seem quite long. Reasonable plot, well composed, well acted & directed. The supporting actress for the character of China Doll had some very good moments. Tighter editing and better pacing would have made it much much better. It is not the best film in the world, but of good quality and very much worth watching - it will probably fall under the radar for Hollywood and the general populace.

The really outstanding thing was the music. While not a musical, it does stop whole-heartedly to focus on the performers and the music. Think "Black Snake Moan" but without repeated cuts/editing. Those who love blues, six-count blues and early rock-and-roll will likely enjoy the film. I intend to get the soundtrack. It apparently includes Ruth Brown's final recording, as well as work by Dr. Mable John & Keb' Mo. Newcomer Gary Clark Jr., a Texan actor and musician shows good potential. Although this performance at Chicago and New Your music festivals last year (with the "Honeydripper All-Stars" promoting the film) have larger dynamic and vitality to them. His performance of the song China Doll, which John Salyes apparently wrote/co-wrote, is on the other hand quite entertaining.


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