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Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

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A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.

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Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Oscar Isaac ... Llewyn Davis
Carey Mulligan ... Jean
Justin Timberlake ... Jim
Ethan Phillips ... Mitch Gorfein
Robin Bartlett ... Lillian Gorfein
Max Casella ... Pappi Corsicato
Jerry Grayson ... Mel Novikoff
Jeanine Serralles ... Joy
Adam Driver ... Al Cody
Stark Sands ... Troy Nelson
John Goodman ... Roland Turner
Garrett Hedlund ... Johnny Five
Alex Karpovsky ... Marty Green
Helen Hong ... Janet Fung
Bradley Mott ... Joe Flom
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Storyline

Follow a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles -- some of them of his own making. Written by Production

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Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Balada de un hombre común See more »

Filming Locations:

Medford, Minnesota, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$405,411, 8 December 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,235,319

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,935,319
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver would later appear opposite each other on the big screen in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) as Poe Dameron and Kylo Ren respectively. See more »

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US 80 does NOT go through Akron. That's I-80 (not built in 1961). US 80 goes from San Diego to Savannah. See more »

Quotes

Roland Turner: What's the "N" stand for? Lou N. Davis?
Llewyn Davis: Llewyn. Llewyn, L-L-E-W-Y-N. It's Welsh.
Roland Turner: Well, it would have to be something, stupid fucking name like that. You don't look Welsh.
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The Old Triangle
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An under the radar, anti Hollywood masterpiece
1 October 2016 | by ShimmyKRSee all my reviews

This is the first film I've feel compelled to write a review for on IMDb. There are only a few movies in history that have impacted me as much.

The first time I saw it, it left me feeling empty. While I appreciated the music, the acting, and the cinematography, I couldn't understand why anyone would love this movie (and I am a big Coen fan). After all, it's just scene after scene of a jerk getting beaten up by life with no plot progression and no real reason to care about any of the characters. I came across the movie again on TV and decided to give it another chance.

After the second viewing, the movie connected in a big way. After my third viewing of it, it shook me to my core.

This movie is almost too realistic to be a movie. It follows none of the conventional "rules" and there is no winner or hero. There's no drama. There's no "silver lining". There's only struggle.

For every one Bob Dylan there are 10,000 Llewyn Davis'. Really talented musicians and artists that simply don't catch the lucky break. People go under the radar, under-appreciated and overlooked. People that never make it big and therefore question whether they should be doing it at all (and then, most of time, give up). This is a film for the everyday folk; a beautiful empathetic look at art, music, and everyday struggle.


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