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Songcatcher
- Janet Mcteer

Overview - 1907. Musicologist Dr Lily Penleric (Janet McTeer) is displeased to find she has been passed over for a promotion at her East Coast University. She sets off for the southern Appalachians where her sister Elna (Jane Adams) runs a school with her friend Harriet (E.  Read more...

 
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Overview

1907. Musicologist Dr Lily Penleric (Janet McTeer) is displeased to find she has been passed over for a promotion at her East Coast University. She sets off for the southern Appalachians where her sister Elna (Jane Adams) runs a school with her friend Harriet (E. Katherine Kerr). Lily is excited to discover that the mountain women sing pure versions of old British folk songs. She starts to collect the songs--at first writing them down; then recording them on very cumbersome equipment. Scriptwriter/director Maggie Greenwald has loosely based her movie on the songcatchers who uncovered the Appalachian-British folk song connection in the late 1910s. Greenwald and the regal Janet McTeer make Lily Penleric an aloof woman who at first sees the songs as specimens to be collected scientifically. Then gradually, Lily is drawn into the drama of the women's mountain lives--their joy and sadness, their hard fought existence, their men and their infidelities, their tolerance and intolerance. And, as she is drawn in, Lily begins to fall in love with the performers, particularly the feisty matriarch Viney Butler (Pat Carroll), and the orphan Deladis Slocumb (Emmy Rossum, a 13-year-old with an astonishing voice who makes a notable film debut).

Cast List

Maggie Greenwald - Director/Writer
Aidan Quinn - American Actor, AVALON (1991)
Taj Mahal - Actress/Adult
Greg Russell Cooke - Actor, SONGCATCHER (2001)
Richard Miller - American Actor/Writer
Dick Miller - American Actor/Writer
Ellen Rigas-Venetis - Producer, SONGCATCHER (2000)
Pat Carroll - American Comic Actress
Muse Watson - Actor, I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER (1997)
Emmy Rossum - Actress, POSEIDON (2006)
Caroline Kaplan - Producer
David Patrick Kelly - Star, began in late '70s, Jerry Horne of TV's Twin Peaks
Janet McTeer - British Actress
Keith Reamer
Enrique Chediak - Director of Photography
Jonathan Sehring - Producer
David Mansfield - Composer
E. Katherine Kerr - AMERICAN TV/FILM ACTRESS
Jane Adams - American actress, HAPPINESS/THE ANNIVERSARY PARTY
Iris Dement - acress, SONGCATCHER

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 112
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 031398834427
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (sexual content and an intense scene of childbirth)
  • Release Date: June 2003

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas
Movies > Musicals

Related Keywords:
Romance
Historical
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IN THEATRES: MARCH 2, 2001 (NY/LA) JUNE 2001 (EXPANDS)

Reviews:
"...Panoramic breadth and a rich gallery of well-defined characters....McTeer gives another splendid portrayal..." - 12/01/2000 Movieline's Hollywood Life, p.39


"...McTeer is superb as always, the tunes are lovely, and the scenery is very pretty indeed..." - 07/01/2001 Premiere, p.84


"...McTeer and the transporting music hold you in thrall..." - 07/05/2001 Rolling Stone, p.150


"...A sweet, lyrical ode to rural America in the 1900's....[With a] lush scenic gloss and wonderful soundtrack of traditional songs..." - 06/15/2001 New York Times, p.E16


"...Beautifully photographed, brilliantly performed and richly textured....Music lovers will want to catch this one for sure..." - 04/01/2000 Box Office, p.230


"...SONGCATCHER is fully aware of the power and vitality of its songs..." - 06/15/2001 Los Angeles Times, p.8

 
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