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Product details

  • Actors: Danny Glover
  • Directors: John Sayles
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • 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 Sept. 2008
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001962TJY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,831 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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Delightful... love for music and musicians permeates the film --Daily Telegraph<br \><br \>His best role in years, Danny Glover shines --Empire<br \><br \>You'll be wanting the soundtrack on your i-pod within half an hour of leaving the cinema. --The Word

His best role in years, Danny Glover shines --Empire

You'll be wanting the soundtrack on your i-pod within half an hour of leaving the cinema. --The Word

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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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Nice little film. Danny Glover particularly good. Although evocative of the period, I felt that the film lacked that edge that could have turned into a great film. A bit too sugary perhaps. Nonetheless, well worth watching.
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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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The latest in the lengthy career of indi film maker John Sayles is,in my oppinion, a mediocre affair.Sayles concentrates,as usual on the details of small town existance and often doesn't let the plot get in the way.This is a long,languid affair that for me,doesn't really come to life until the final reel.Being a music enthusiast i was drawn to the pivotal part of the story which is when acoustic blues became "plugged in" and "electrified" and was hoping for some great blues and r&b tunes to accompany the film.But alas,this most important and interesting part of musical history was given a backseat to Sayles's,at times,rather ponderous study of small town life in the 1950's deep south.
That aside,there is much to enjoy here with Danny Glover giving a world weary,and highly credible performance as "pinetop" the almost down and out pianist and club owner who spends most of the film bemoaning his bad luck at the disappearance of guitar legend "guitar Sam" and trying to work his way out of some tight financial spots.There's good support from Charles S.Dutton and all of the rest of the supporting cast but it could have been soooo much better if the music had been allowed to play a bigger part other than at the enjoyable and uplifting ending.
If you are a Sayles fan then this one won't disappoint but if you are a music fan looking for some real blues and r&b action then there's slim pickings (no pun intended).There is a bonus for blues fans as guitarist Keb Mo' appears in several quirky scenes which left you wanting and hoping he'd make an appearance in the grand finale jam session (he didn't by the way).Modestly enjoyable and no more.
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By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Sept. 2008
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I quite enjoyed this film, it has a good period feel (the early fifties), there are very good performances from Danny Glover and Stacy Keach, it features some nice music and it looks fine. However, the story is very slight and there is no real drama, plus it doesn't tell us anything that we didn't know already and for a John Sayles film it seemed strangely apolitical. I would have liked to have seen a bit more of the blatant racism and appalling poverty that was still a feature of black people's lives in the South, even in the rockin' fifties. It reminded me a bit of the Cohen Brothers' "Brother, where art thou", particularly the bits featuring Keb' Mo' as a blind street singer, although it has none of that film's style or quirkiness. It is certainly a film that doesn't have to be seen on the big screen.

I'd happily watch this film again if it came on television but it is not a film that lingers in the mind or that I'd go out of my way to see again. I felt it was neither one thing nor another - not a drama because hardly anything dramatic happens and not a music film because it's all a bit too bland and corny. I thought that the best thing about the film was Danny Glover, who completely inhabits his (rather meagre) part and totally dominates the film, which without him wouldn't be worth watching.
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