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Honeydripper [DVD]

Danny Glover , John Sayles    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Danny Glover
  • Directors: John Sayles
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Axiom Films
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Sep 2008
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001962TJY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,252 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Legendary writer/director John Sayles (LONE STAR, PASSION FISH) returns with the must-see HONEYDRIPPER continuing his extraordinary examination of the complexities and shifting identities of American sub-cultures. The film is a fable about the birth of rock n' roll - a quintessentially American subject - and it will have you dancing in the aisles long before the end… HONEYDRIPPER features an all-star cast including Danny Glover, Charles S. Dutton, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Stacy Keach, Mary Steenburgen, Yaya DaCosta and Sean Patrick Thomas; as well as such notable musicians as Keb' Mo' and the legendary Dr. Mable John. It also introduces a major new talent, Gary Clark Jr. who makes his electrifying film debut as Sonny. It's 1950 and it's a make or break weekend for Tyrone Purvis (DANNY GLOVER), the proprietor of the Honeydripper Lounge. Deep in debt, Tyrone is desperate to bring back the crowds that used to come to his place. He decides to lay off his long-time blues singer Bertha Mae, and announces that he's hired a famous guitar player, Guitar Sam, for a one night only gig in order to save the club. Into town drifts Sonny Blake, a young man with nothing to his name but big dreams and the guitar case in his hand. Rejected by Tyrone when he applies to play at the Honeydripper, he is intercepted by the corrupt local Sheriff, arrested for vagrancy and rented out as an unpaid cotton picker to the highest bidder. But when Tyron's ace-in-the-hole fails to materialize at the train station, his desperation leads him back to Sonny and the strange, wire-dangling object in his guitar case. The Honeydripper lounge is all set to play its part in rock n' roll history

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Bonus features on this two-disc edition include a feature-length commentary with John Sayles; exclusive interviews with John Sayles, Maggie Renzi (producer), Danny Glover and Dr. Mable John; a rare performance of "Keeping Time" - the short story that inspired HONEYDRIPPER - read by John Sayles; character biographies; theatrical trailer; stills gallery; and a limited edition collector's booklet, including "Keeping Time".

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blues And Soul, Courtesy Of John Sayles 20 Dec 2012
By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Independent film-maker John Sayles is a classic example of someone whose talent has been essentially overlooked by Hollywood's money-making machine, and who struggles to secure the funding for his series of (invariably) intelligent, perceptive, expertly constructed and relevant films. Sayles has tackled a wide range of (frequently international) social and human issues, including labour relations, human isolation, sports match-fixing, imperialist war, political corruption and modern urban malaise in films such as Lone Star, Matewan, City Of Hope, Limbo, Amigo, Men With Guns and Eight Men Out. 2007's Honeydripper fits neatly into Sayles' body of work, being a study of post-WW2 human and racial tensions in 1950s southern USA, whilst also showcasing the vibrant rhythm and blues music of the era.

As is evidenced by Sayles' director's commentary and the various interviews included as DVD extras, one thing always very noticeable about any Sayles film is the meticulous subject research that underpins his film-making. Here, as well as making extensive use of home-grown acting talent from Alabama (where the film was shot), Sayles captures the atmosphere of the pre-Korean war, institutionally racist, religiously devout, small-town society brilliantly. This is a society where 'coloreds' have their own shop entrances, and where negroes seeking work are routinely rounded up, slung in jail and forced to work the cotton fields.
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By daniel
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"Honeydripper" is a well made, excellent movie. But for people who are passionate about the blues, rock and roll and the South of the U.S it is much more. It's a real trip. When it comes to praise the acting you wouldn't know where to begin...it's all just great. The musical contributions of Keb' Mo' and Gary Clark, Jr. (both now well established blues superstars) are also very exciting. 'nuff said, order this!
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3.0 out of 5 stars not tense enough to be convincing 19 Nov 2008
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there are tasty musical morsels in this film which will wet your appetite for blues, but not satisfy it. I've just ordered the soundtrack, which I hope will be superb .
The film itself looks at the persecution of the blacks in America around about the time of the second world war I would guess, in the deep south. It seems to have a tongue in cheek feel to it, and pulls its punches on the tense bits, which are somewhat superficially handled, as if entertainment was the main objective. Still, as entertainment, with some nice blues,you can still enjoy it
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 2 July 2014
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Wished there had been more music in the film. Would have appealed more to us rock n' rollers!
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5.0 out of 5 stars best of bygone era ! 24 July 2013
By Brody
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Very entertaining Best of the afro American musical films. Danny Glover in top form. We need a sequel to this !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Enjoyable 16 Jun 2013
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Only stumbled upon this film by accident on BBC iplayer but found it to be a very enjoyable story with some great performances. Definitely worth a watch especially if you enjoy early rock and roll music.
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