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Shut Up & Sing (2006)

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A documentary on the Dixie Chicks in the wake of singer Natalie Maines' anti-George W. Bush statement at a 2003 concert.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Natalie Maines ... Herself
Emily Robison ... Herself
Martie Maguire ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Clayton Allen Clayton Allen ... Himself
Billy B. ... Himself (archive footage)
Paul Beane Paul Beane ... Himself
Cindi Berger Cindi Berger ... Herself
Barbara Boxer ... Herself (archive footage)
Aaron Brown Aaron Brown ... Himself (archive footage)
Pat Buchanan ... Himself (archive footage)
George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Randy Carroll Randy Carroll ... Himself
Dick Cheney ... Himself (archive footage)
Darlene Conte ... Herself (as Darlene Kegan)
Anderson Cooper ... Himself (archive footage)
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Storyline

In 2003, the female country band, The Dixie Chicks, are at the top of their game being one of the most successful bands of all time. However with the US invasion of Iraq about to begin over frustrated worldwide objections about this needless war, one of the Chick vents off the cuff in concert about being ashamed of US President George W. Bush. This statement sparks a firestorm of organized and personal right wing attacks against the Chicks for daring to think they have the right to express a negative personal opinion about the President. This film covers the band's effort to ride out the turmoil that would leave their careers under a cloud, but would eventually give them a opportunity to grow as great artists who bow to no one. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Freedom of speech is fine as long as you don't do it in public. See more »


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Official Sites:

Dixie Chicks | Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Dixie Chicks Documentary See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,103, 29 October 2006

Gross USA:

$1,215,045

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,902,212
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Production Co:

Cabin Creek Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

"Shut Up and Sing" is also the name of a best-selling book by conservative talk radio pundit Laura Ingraham. In her book, Ingraham skewers the Dixie Chicks and other musical acts who use their concerts and television appearances to voice their political opinions. See more »

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Natalie is wearing a shirt that states "Dare to Be Free," in one shot the image is mirrored left to right. Evident in the text and her hair are reversed. See more »

Quotes

Old Man with Sunglasses: Freedom of speech is fine, but by god, you don't do it outside of the country and you don't do it in mass publicly.
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Features Howard Stern on Demand (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Lubbock and Leave It
by Dixie Chicks
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The Dixie Chicks Ride a Media Firestorm in an Intriguing Backstage Documentary
24 July 2007 | by EUyeshimaSee all my reviews

The galvanizing effect of one offhand statement from singer Natalie Maines on a London concert stage in 2003 turned the Dixie Chicks, the highly popular crossover country-pop trio, into a corn-belt pariah and a lightning rod for anti-Bush sentiments. Veteran documentarian Barbara Kopple, along with co-director Cecilia Peck (daughter of Gregory), cover the incident in question with minimum fuss in this 2006 film, but what they do quite well is show how much effort it has taken the group to ride the firestorm and get their career back on track with the music. Kopple and Peck spent three years with the band, and the resulting sense of intimacy makes this one of the better backstage-type documentaries.

The film's chief takeaway is that the sisterhood between Maines and bandmates Emily Robison and Martie Maguire is genuine. As they ride the torrent of death threats, hate mail, boycotts and plummeting record sales and canceled tour stops, they never appear at serious odds with each other. There is one honest scene where Maguire suggests that she and her sister separate themselves from the remark to minimize the impact, but they all eventually realize there is more strength to be had in staying together through it. Much of the intractable bond has to do with each woman's efforts at balancing work and family, and a lot of credit seems due to their longtime manager Simon Renshaw.

Unsurprisingly, Maines come across as the sharp-tongued, unapologetic contrarian of the group, a fountain of impulsive outbursts, but her instincts often prove right as they find triumph with their last album produced by the indefatigable, comeback-savvy Rick Rubin, who looks and acts a bit like Brian Wilson during his acid-saturated days. The mob mentality that builds against the group provide the most visceral scenes in the movie, although given the trio's abundant talent and the fact that most of the protests were concentrated in the country radio market, one can't help but feel there is something of a tempest in a teapot about the whole story. Credited to no less than seven cameramen, the cinematography is vivid, and the print condition on the 2007 DVD is pristine. The only extra is the theatrical trailer.


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