Get Low

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Get Low, a good movie

on 6/25/2011

I fully recommend this movie. You can read the synopsis elsewhere. I won’t summarize the story here. I’ll tell you why it’s a good movie. It stars Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek, Lucas Black, Bill Cobbs, and Gerald McRaney. The cast is top-rate, and they do the story justice. (Apparently, this is based on a true account.) There is nothing casual or lazy about these actors. They present their characters in ways that are both familiar and new. The writing and production are well done. The story is compelling. It is both serious and humorous. But the humor is not comedic; it is the irony of human nature, the contrast between how we see ourselves and how others see us, and how life itself brings out the truth. This is believable. The viewer can relate to the angst and struggles of the characters. This is a story of failure and grief, of sin and forgiveness, and hope, with emphasis on the common human experience. It is rated PG-13. (I did not find anything obscene or offensive. There is no sexual violence, no gratuitous violence.) Instead of seeing the rating as a prohibitive guideline, perhaps it should be used as suggestion that parents do watch this with their children. It is a good story about the need to reckon with our own failures in life and how grace brings people together. It is a vital lesson for young and old alike.

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Product Overview

Felix bush recruits frank (the local funeral home director) to host his own funeral.


Studio Sony
SKU 219055053
UPC 043396353138
UPC 14 00043396353138
Format DVD
Release Date 9/4/2012
Rating Rating
Period Piece
Editors Note
Note Inspired by the true story of Tennessee recluse Felix "Bush" Breazeale, who planned his funeral while he was still alive, director Aaron Schneider's dramatic period thriller stars Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek, and Lucas Black. Few folks have spoken with Felix Bush (Duvall) since he disappeared into the Tennessee woods 40 years ago, and the ones who have don't necessarily have the kindest things to say about him. Gruff, confrontational, and ill-tempered, Felix has been the source of many malicious rumors over the years. Some say he's a cold-hearted killer and his penchant for walking into town with a shotgun, a wild beard, and threadbare clothes doesn't exactly give the impression of a man who seeks to make friends. When Felix walks into Frank Quinn's (Murray) funeral parlor and announces his intentions to throw himself a massive party before he passes away, word quickly spreads through town and anticipation starts to run high. Before long the big day has finally arrived, and Felix surprises everyone by revealing exactly why he shunned society to lead a life of solitude in the deep woods.
Rolling Stone 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[W]atching Murray spar with Duvall is pure pleasure....[A] funny, touching and acutely observed film..." 08/05/2010
Movieline "The picture is beautifully shot by DAvid Boyd....He captures the Kodachrome contrast of rugged gray trees against bright blue sky, and his interiors have a burnished worn-velvet glow." 07/23/2010
Box Office 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] funny, touching debut....A deft blend of drama, comedy, mystery and a touch of romance..." 01/27/2010
Los Angeles Times "[C]inematographer-turned-director Aaron Schneider has fashioned a measured fable, witty and deeply felt...' 07/30/2010
A.V. Club "Schneider establishes a tone as gentle and homespun as a bluegrass lullaby..." 07/29/2010
New York Times "[I]ts protagonist is vivid, enigmatic and unpredictable....Mr. Duvall is still able to carry a movie easily and gracefully." 07/30/2010
Chicago Sun-Times 3 stars out of 4 -- "Duvall is authentic right down to the bone...Just plain enjoyable..." 08/04/2010
Entertainment Weekly "Duvall makes Felix a gruffly soft-spoken eccentric with a lethal mystique." 08/06/2010
Washington Post 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[Duvall's] performance in this quiet, affecting drama is a veritable shoo-in for an Oscar nomination..." 08/13/2010
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's Murray who make the greater impact, his droll deadpan and deft underplaying offering a neat, sly complement to Duvall and Spacek's more actorly flourishes." 12/25/2010
Sight and Sound "Murray puts his usual deadpan spin on every line..." 02/01/2011
Empire 3 stars out of 5 -- "The cinematography is gorgeous...and the acting enjoyable..." 03/01/2011
Gerald McRaney
Sissy Spacek
Robert Duvall
Bill Murray
Cast & Crew
Gerald McRaney - Star
Sissy Spacek - Star
Robert Duvall - Star
Bill Murray - Star
Lucas Black - Star
Andrea Powell - Co-Star
Tomasz Karolak - Co-Star
Lori Beth Edgeman - Co-Star
Danny Vinson - Co-Star
Linds Edwards - Co-Star
Blerim Destani - Co-Star
Scott Cooper - Co-Star
Chandler Riggs - Co-Star
Gracie - Co-Star
Andrew Stahl - Co-Star
David Boyd - Director of Photography
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek - Composer
Evyen Klean - Music Director
C. Gaby Mitchell - Screenwriter
Chris Provenzano - Screenwriter
Chris Provenzano - Story
Scott Seeke - Story
Bill Cobbs - Co-Star
Marc Gowan - Co-Star
Aaron Schneider - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2010
UPC 00043396353138
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 103 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
ReviewSource Orlando Sentinel
Review Director Aaron Schneider, working from a script by Chris Provenzano and C. Gaby Mitchell, walks a delicate line between the silly and the sentimental as we taste Bush's cussedness and meet people (Sissy Spacek, Bill Cobbs) who might have gentler memories of him. Schneider lucked out with his cast - two Oscar winners, with Murray's performance feeling for all the world like a best supporting actor nomination. But McRaney makes you forget he was ever a middling TV actor (Major Dad, Simon & Simon) and Murray, despite tossing off lines that play like comebacks he came up with himself, shows a humanity and vulnerability that you'd never those traits were in his bag of tricks. Credit the director. And Duvall, an American Lear not going gently into that good night, reminds us that it will be a sad day indeed for movie fans when it's about time for him to Get Low.
Reviewer Roger Moore
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Lou Lumenick, New York Post ...pure gold...
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone ...Funny, touching and acutely observed film...
Tom Long, Detroit News ...Eccentric and ultimately touching...

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