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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

Writers:

Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 47 wins & 170 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA | UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Inside Llewyn Davis 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

Gross USA:

$13,235,319

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,960,249
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The folk singer Dave Van Ronk, who was an inspiration for some of the movie's characters and story, released a 1963 album called "Inside Dave Van Ronk." Its cover was a photo of Van Ronk and a cat standing in a doorway. On the "Fresh Air" NPR interview program, host Terry Gross asked the Coens if that was their inspiration for having a cat in the movie, and they said that not only was it not, but also that they hadn't even noticed the cat on the Van Ronk album cover until they'd completed shooting and an art director pointed out the coincidence during post-production. See more »

Goofs

When Llewyn gets dropped off in what is supposed to be Chicago, and again when he hitches a ride back to New York, it was obviously shot in New York judging from the distinctive electrified railroad tracks in the background, either Pennsylvania or New Haven Railroad. Probably the approach to Hell Gate Bridge. See more »

Quotes

Joy: Seen him?
[their father]
Llewyn Davis: Yeah.
[pause]
Llewyn Davis: What? Should I?
Joy: You tell me, he's your father.
Llewyn Davis: Yeah, he sure is.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits is an image (in Hebrew and English) declaring the film "Kosher for Passover". See more »

Connections

Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Old MacDonald
Traditional
Arranged by Jesse Belvin
Performed by Nolan Strong & The Diablos
Courtesy of Fortune Records
By arrangement with Westwood Music Group
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An under the radar, anti-Hollywood masterpiece
1 October 2016 | by ShimmyKRSee all my reviews

This is the first time I've felt 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 Inside Llewyn Davis, it left me feeling empty and confused. While I appreciated the music, the acting, and the cinematography, I couldn't understand why anyone would love this movie (and I am a huge Coen fan). After all, it's just scene after scene of a jerk getting beaten up by life with no real plot progression and no real reason to care about any of the characters.

I then came across the movie again on TV and decided to give it another chance.

After this second viewing, the movie's themes connected with me in a big way. After my third and fourth viewing, it shook me to my core.

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

For every one Bob Dylan there are myriad Llewyn Davis'. Really talented musicians and artists that work really hard and 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.

This is a film for the everyday folk; a beautiful empathetic look at art, music, and everyday struggle.


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