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The Saddest Music in the World (2003)

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A musical of sorts set in Winnipeg during the Great Depression, where a beer baroness organizes a contest to find the saddest music in the world. Musicians from around the world descend on the city to try and win the $25,000 prize.

Director:

Guy Maddin

Writers:

Kazuo Ishiguro (original screenplay), George Toles | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark McKinney ... Chester Kent
Isabella Rossellini ... Lady Helen Port-Huntley
Maria de Medeiros ... Narcissa
David Fox ... Fyodor Kent
Ross McMillan Ross McMillan ... Roderick Kent / Gravillo the Great
Louis Negin ... Blind Seer
Darcy Fehr ... Teddy
Claude Dorge ... Duncan Elksworth
Talia Pura ... Mary
Jeff Sutton Jeff Sutton ... Young Chester
Graeme Valentin Graeme Valentin ... Young Roderick
Maggie Nagle Maggie Nagle ... Chester's Mother
Victor Cowie Victor Cowie ... Man in Bar
Jessica Burleson Jessica Burleson ... Lady's Secretary
Wayne Nicklas Wayne Nicklas ... Boardmember
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It's the winter of 1933 in Winnipeg. In honor of Winnipeg being named the sorrow capital of the world for the Depression era for the fourth year running by the London Times, Lady Helen Port-Huntley, the legless owner of Winnipeg's Port-Huntley Beer, is hosting and judging a contest to see which nation has the saddest music in the world, the winner to take home a $25,000 prize. Seeing as to the current Prohibition in the United States, Lady Port-Huntley has ulterior motives for the contest. Father and son, streetcar conductor Fyodor Kent and New York based musical producer Chester Kent, who both have a past connection to Lady Port-Huntley (Fyodor, a WWI veteran and former doctor, has fashioned for her an unusual pair of artificial legs apropos to her business), want to represent Canada and the United States respectively in the contest. Despite Lady Port-Huntley's hatred for the Kent's, she does allow them to do so if only to advance her own priorities. As the contest takes place, the ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

"If you're sad, and like beer, I'm your lady."

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality and violent images | See all certifications »
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The Mexican lead singer of the mariachi band performs wearing the Republic of Panama's female national dress, called "pollera". See more »

Quotes

Chester Kent: Sadness is just happiness turned on its ass.
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Soundtracks

The Song Is You - Chester's Last Gasp Version
(1932)
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Arranged by Christopher Dedrick
Vocal by Mark McKinney
Piano: David Swan
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So funny I immediately bought another ticket
1 May 2004 | by paulklenkSee all my reviews

The credits rolled last night at 11:50 PM at the Sunshine on Houston Street in NYC.

Outside the theatre, I glanced up at the box office board: There was another viewing at 11:55 p.m. I impulsively bought another ticket and saw it again.

This is one of the funniest, most original and absurd movies I have ever seen. I feel like I can't believe I've actually seen it -- waking up dizzy at 2 PM today on a Saturday and pondering this movie.

All I remember is the wonderful music, the great one-liners, and those fanciful legs. Oh, for legs such as those!

Everyone must be forced to sit through this film as punishment for watching any television, ever.

Isabella Rossilini should be so proud of forging through the offers of banal roles and accepting roles such as this. It is not a surprise that the same actresss who allowed David Lynch to strip and bruise her in Blue Velvet would embrace such a role as Port-Huntley. If you're sad, and like beer, she's your woman!

The audience last night was howling with laughter and delight at the absurd and brilliant lines in this movie. There was so much to like about this spectacular musical.

But most of all, there were those intoxicating legs.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

12 May 2005 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,743, 2 May 2004

Gross USA:

$699,225

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$854,994
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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