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Get Low (2009)

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A movie spun out of equal parts folk tale, fable and real-life legend about the mysterious, 1930s Tennessee hermit who famously threw his own rollicking funeral party... while he was still alive.

Director:

Aaron Schneider

Writers:

Chris Provenzano (screenplay), C. Gaby Mitchell (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
5 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Duvall ... Felix Bush
Sissy Spacek ... Mattie Darrow
Bill Murray ... Frank Quinn
Lucas Black ... Buddy
Gerald McRaney ... Rev. Gus Horton
Bill Cobbs ... Rev. Charlie Jackson
Scott Cooper ... Carl
Lori Beth Sikes ... Kathryn (as Lori Beth Edgeman)
Linds Edwards ... WKNG Announcer
Andrea Powell ... Bonnie
Chandler Riggs ... Tom
Danny Vinson ... Grier
Blerim Destani ... Gary
Tomasz Karolak ... Orville
Andy Stahl ... Photographer (as Andrew Stahl)
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Storyline

Felix Bush (Robert Duvall) is a hermit who has no regard for anybody in the town or anyone who wants to get to know him. But one day, after a fellow old hermit has died and he hears people in the town telling stories about him, he decides that he needs to get these stories out in the public. He recruits Frank (Bill Murray), the local funeral home director, to host his own funeral. This way he can hear what everyone is saying about him, and get the truth to his past out in the open. But will he be able to get anybody to come? And will he be able to reveal his secrets? Written by napierslogs

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A True Tall Tale See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some thematic material and brief violent content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA | Germany | Poland

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Funeral Party See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$88,182, 1 August 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,176,553, 18 February 2011
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The story is partly derived from the funeral party thrown by Felix Bushaloo Breazeale for himself, in Cave Creek, Tennessee, in 1938. See more »

Goofs

When Frank and Buddy are getting a photograph made of Felix, right before the camera shutter is tripped, the photographer bumps the view camera and it becomes aimed in a slightly different direction. The photographer fails to re-frame the shot which would never happen while using a view camera. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Rev. Gus Horton: Good morning, sir.
Felix Bush: It's a hard life if you can't read.
Rev. Gus Horton: Pardon?
Felix Bush: [gestures toward NO DAMN TRESPASSING sign]
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Connections

Referenced in Maltin on Movies: The Best Films You Missed in 2010 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

If I Didn't Care
(1939)
Written by Jack Lawrence
Performed by The Ink Spots
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A Surprising Life Examined: The Angry Old Man
7 October 2010 | by rroberto18See all my reviews

While Hollywood has consistently examined the "angry young man," his older counterpart is normally portrayed by a character actor in a minor role. Robert Duvall is no stranger to portraying off-beat, aging male leads, but here he accepts the ultimate challenge -- drawing an audience in to examine the life of a self-made hermit with a widely reviled yet barely explained past.

Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek, a dream team supporting cast, also portray vintage folk with secrets of their own. This partly frontier western, largely psychological mystery unravels slowly in scenes with little or no dialog. What dialog there is offers several levels of potential meaning through pregnant pauses, ill-defined sentence fragments and questions with no immediate answers.

The viewer either chooses to fill in the blanks by closely observing peripheral elements in each scene, or simply awaits a climax that ultimately explains everything. That scene never quite tells all, but intentionally and inventively so. It's the former viewer for whom this film has been so meticulously well-crafted to side-step the clearly declarative and ultimately obvious.

The score is a particularly captivating mix of period Americana and original music that resonates with the time and place -- even when performed by a Polish orchestra or under-appreciated U.S. folk/country performers of our own era.

In short, GET LOW is a niche film that quietly rewards a cinema-loving audience for investing its full attention. Leave your smart phone at home for the best multi-tasking experiences are built into the work itself. The 2009 copyright date indicates Sony Classics, after due deliberation, acquired a "hard sell" that other studios overlooked.

An early October Oscar season screening of this December U.S. release ended with much applause, atypical for guild audiences. Almost half even stayed through the credits, an indication that many involved in the film on all levels are worthy of name-recognition "for your consideration.


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