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Songcatcher (2001)

Director: Maggie Greenwald     Starring: Aidan Quinn Janet McTeer
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40159552
UPC: 031398754329
UPC 14: 00031398754329
Category Keywords: Historical  Romance  Theatrical Release
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When musicologist doctor lily penleric is passed over for a prominent teaching position, she leaves the city to visit her sister in the beautifully rugged mountains of appalachia. It is here she discovers a wellspring of emotional tunes passed down from the original irish and scottish immigrants.

"Songcatcher shines!  Lisa Schwartzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Captivating...powerful and powerfully musical.  Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"...fully aware of the power and vitality of its songs.  Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"...there is much to enjoy---not least the sound of the songs themselves.  Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Editor's Note
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).

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Lions Gate
Video Release Date Release Date: 10/23/2001
Video Play Time Running Time: 109 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2001
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 7543D
Video UPC UPC: 00031398754329
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 4:3
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Aidan Quinn
Video Cast Info David Patrick Kelly
Video Cast Info Emmy Rossum
Video Cast Info Jane Adams
Video Cast Info Janet McTeer
Video Cast Info Pat Carroll
Video Cast Info Taj Mahal
Video Cast Info Maggie Greenwald - Director
Video Cast Info Enrique Chediak - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info David Mansfield - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Richard Miller - Producer
Video Cast Info Ellen Rigas-Venetis - Producer
Video Cast Info Maggie Greenwald - Writer

Awards


Sundance Film Festival (2000)
Video Award Name Janet McTeer, et al., Winner, Special Jury Prize For Outstanding Ensemble Dramatic Performance
   Video Award Name Maggie Greenwald, Nominee, Grand Jury Prize--Dramatic

Independent Spirit (2001)
   Video Award Name Emmy Rossum, Nominee, Best Debut Performance
   Video Award Name Pat Carroll, Nominee, Best Supporting Female

Professional Reviews

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

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

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

New York Times
"...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 p.E16

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

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

The New York Times 9 of 10
Infused with the twang of Appalachian mountain music and aglow with picture-postcard images of North Carolina's rugged inland landscape, Maggie Greenwald's Songcatcher is a sweet, lyrical ode to rural America in the early 1900's... Not only is its story of the discovery of Appalachian mountain music and the music's connection to an older Scotch-Irish tradition worth telling, but its exposition of that musical history is also crystal clear. - Stephen Holden

Product Attributes
Product attributeActor:   Mcteer,Janet
Product attributeLabel:   Trimark Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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