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Honeydripper (2007)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama, History | 9 May 2008 (UK)
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1950. Rural Alabama. Cotton harvest. It's a make-or-break weekend for the Honeydripper Lounge and its owner, piano player Tyrone "Pine Top" Purvis. Deep in debt to the liquor man, the ... See full summary »

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John Sayles

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Glover ... Tyrone Purvis
LisaGay Hamilton ... Delilah
Yaya DaCosta ... China Doll
Charles S. Dutton ... Maceo
Vondie Curtis-Hall ... Slick
Gary Clark Jr. ... Sonny
Mable John Mable John ... Bertha Mae
Stacy Keach ... Sheriff Pugh
Nagee Clay ... Scratch
Absalom Adams Absalom Adams ... Lonnie
Arthur Lee Williams Arthur Lee Williams ... Metalmouth Sims
Ruben Santiago-Hudson ... Stokely
Davenia McFadden Davenia McFadden ... Nadine
Daryl Edwards ... Shack Thomas
Sean Patrick Thomas ... Dex
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Storyline

1950. Rural Alabama. Cotton harvest. It's a make-or-break weekend for the Honeydripper Lounge and its owner, piano player Tyrone "Pine Top" Purvis. Deep in debt to the liquor man, the chicken man, and the landlord, Tyrone is desperate to lure the young cotton pickers and local Army base recruits into his juke joint, away from Touissant's, the rival joint across the way. His plan to hire a guitar legend go awry and Tyrone is forced to take drastic action in a final scheme to save the club. Written by Anonymous

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This better be some Saturday night!


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Rated PG-13 for brief violence and some suggestive material | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Honeydripper - Do Blues ao Rock See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,856, 30 December 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$267,880, 22 June 2008
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The principal shooting location was less than fifty yards from Hank Williams' boyhood home. See more »

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Danny Glover is wearing invisible teeth braces throughout. See more »


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Honeydripper
Written by Billy Novick & Mason Daring
Published by Daring Music
Administered by Universal Music Inc. (ASCAP)
Performed by The Aces of Spade
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High-school level story hidden behind great music
16 November 2008 | by cliff-19See all my reviews

This is a story right out of the "Hey, kids, let's put on a show!" cliché. One implausibility piled on top of another in a "feel good"/"right will triumph" pattern that is SO OVERWHELMINGLY dominant in American movies. John Sayles has long been one of my favorite directors/screenwriters, so the foolishness of this movie came as a shock.

What happened? Where has the creator of "Casa de los Babys" and "Lone Star" gone? What happened to the creator of such exhilarating plots as "Limbo" and "Passion Fish"? I can only guess that he farmed it out to one of his kids, or an intern, or something like that. This movie fits in more with the rush job of the Scorcese-produced blues films than with a Sayles project.

Here is my "disclosure" statement. I have been a working musician and have spent most of my adult life in the company of musicians. This movie reveals some of the biggest complaints musicians have about their portrayal by non-musicians. The biggest is that non-musicians don't understand the role of rehearsals, individual practice and the huge amount of work and effort it takes to seem "talented." This movie is another example, and a rather extreme case at that.

I also have a question for Keb Mo. Why do you sign on to so many projects that undervalue your efforts? I am thinking of the NPR Blues History radio series and now this. Don't you have more leverage than that?


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