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Story

Hauntingly beautiful folk music and stunning Appalachian scenery take center stage in this winner of the 2000 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize for outstanding ensemble performance. Musicologist Dr. Lily Penleric has a deep love of English folk ballads. After a humiliating failure to make full professor, she heads off to visit her sister's tiny school in rural Appalachia and finds herself in folk music central. Lily is entranced, but the locals are suspicious of the outlander's motivations. Issues of tolerance, clashing cultures, and Big Bad Men abound, but Songcatcher wisely focuses on the music. Janet McTeer does fine with the "repressed academic gets in touch with the earth" role, but her truly outstanding work is in revealing scholar Lily's rapture in her discoveries. McTeer leads a truly great cast, including the wonderful Pat Carroll, and a just-for-the-hell-of-it cameo by bluesman Taj Mahal. Songcatcher has a healthy respect for the mountain people it portrays, and an absolute reverence for their music. --Ali Davis

Cast

Janet McTeerProfessor Lily Penleric
Michael MicQuick DavisDean Arthur Pembroke
Jane AdamsEleanor 'Elna' Penleric
Emmy RossumDeladis Slocumb
Pat CarrollViney Butler
Aidan QuinnTom Bledsoe
David Patrick KellyEarl Giddens
Michael HardingReese Kincaid
Taj MahalDexter Speaks
Muse WatsonParley Gentry
Rhoda GriffisClementine McFarland
Steve BolesAmbrose McFarland
Andrea PowellJosie Moore

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Maggie Greenwald
  • Producer: TriMark
  • Length: 109 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 2000
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJun 3, 2003
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