Get Low

Get Low

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Director: Aaron Schneider, Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Bill Murray

Cast: Aaron Schneider, Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Bill Murray

     
 

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Inspired by the true story of Tennessee recluse Felix "Bush" Breazeale, who planned his funeral while he was still alive, director Aaron Schneider's dramatic period thriller stars Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek, and Lucas Black. Few folks have spoken with Felix Bush

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Inspired by the true story of Tennessee recluse Felix "Bush" Breazeale, who planned his funeral while he was still alive, director Aaron Schneider's dramatic period thriller stars Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek, and Lucas Black. Few folks have spoken with Felix Bush (Duvall) since he disappeared into the Tennessee woods 40 years ago, and the ones who have don't necessarily have the kindest things to say about him. Gruff, confrontational, and ill-tempered, Felix has been the source of many malicious rumors over the years. Some say he's a cold-hearted killer and his penchant for walking into town with a shotgun, a wild beard, and threadbare clothes doesn't exactly give the impression of a man who seeks to make friends. When Felix walks into Frank Quinn's (Murray) funeral parlor and announces his intentions to throw himself a massive party before he passes away, word quickly spreads through town and anticipation starts to run high. Before long the big day has finally arrived, and Felix surprises everyone by revealing exactly why he shunned society to lead a life of solitude in the deep woods.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Frequently humorous and thoroughly heartfelt, cinematographer-turned-director Aaron Schneider's debut feature, Get Low, shares quite a bit in common with last year's Crazy Heart -- and it's not just for the fact that it reunites Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper (who appears in a minor onscreen role in the film) with that film's producer/co-star Robert Duvall. Much like Crazy Heart, Get Low is a gentle character study that's steeped in Southern atmosphere, and seems like a product of another time. As the haunted men in both films struggle with events in the past that they're powerless to change -- yet which continue to influence the present -- we gradually gain a deeper understanding of their true character while witnessing an incredible transformation that's been a long time coming. Get Low could almost be considered a sister film to Crazy Heart, but it's entirely good enough to stand on its own, and it casts screen veteran Duvall in a role it seems he was destined to play. Few folks have spoken with Felix Bush (Duvall) since he disappeared into the Tennessee woods 40 years ago, and the ones who have don't necessarily have the kindest things to say about him. Gruff, confrontational, and ill-tempered, Felix has been the source of many malicious rumors over the years. Some say he's a cold-hearted killer, and his penchant for walking into town sporting a shotgun, a wild beard, and threadbare clothes doesn't exactly give the impression of a man who seeks to make friends. When Felix walks into Frank Quinn's (Bill Murray) funeral parlor and announces his intentions to throw himself a massive party before he passes away -- and that anyone with a story to tell about the mysterious recluse is welcome to attend -- word quickly spreads through town and anticipation starts to run high. Over the course of the next few days, Frank's assistant, Buddy (Lucas Black), works to ensure that Felix is fully prepared for both the party and his funeral. Before long, the big day has finally arrived, and Felix finds himself struggling to summon the courage to reveal exactly why he shunned society to lead a life of solitude in the deep woods. With Get Low, Duvall finds the type of role that actors in their twilight years cherish -- complex, conflicted characters struggling with their own regrets and sense of mortality -- and uses his immense talents to convey that character's monumental inner struggle in a way we can all connect with. Felix is a man who seems to relish the gossip-driven mythology that has turned him into a local legend, but he never loses sight of the reason for his current situation. His story is one of guilt, penance, and forgiveness, and as one of the most respected actors of his generation, Duvall conveys all of this in ways that make it feel completely natural. Whether it's a skittish, shamed glance at a picture on the wall or a quirky gesture that helps him to articulate a sentiment that's hard to vocalize during the incredibly moving final revelation, Felix has a unique way of communicating, and his actions are commendably supported by Chris Provenzano and C. Gaby Mitchell's screenplay -- a wonderfully nuanced narrative that slowly peels away the layers of local legend to reveal the tragic source of the character's interminable suffering though a satisfying blend of dialogue and action. The support comes in more ways than one, as well. As whiskey-sipping, slightly shady funeral home proprietor Frank Quinn, Bill Murray steals nearly every scene he's in, and offers the perfect counterbalance to Black, who plays his more honest assistant and the man who ultimately helps Felix realize that not everyone subscribes to the local gossip network. Sissy Spacek, meanwhile, works wonders with a relatively small supporting role, her conflicting feelings about Felix serving to drive home the screenplay's sentiment that good and evil don't exist far apart, but nearly intertwined, and that love and hate can function in much the same way. Her quiet scene with Felix after the funeral party speaks volumes about both characters with precious little dialogue. For anyone who loved Crazy Heart and craves more character-driven dramas that don't cater to current cinema trends or shy away from more mature themes, Get Low offers further proof that there are still plenty of compelling stories out there, and they can still be satisfying even when told in a more traditional style.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/22/2011
UPC:
0043396368958
Original Release:
2010
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:43:00
Sales rank:
45,668

Special Features

Cast & crew q&a; The deep south: buried secrets; Getting low: getting into character; A screenwriter's point of view; On the red carpet; Commentary with Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, director Aaron Schneider and producer Dean Zanuck

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Duvall Felix Bush
Sissy Spacek Mattie Darrow
Bill Murray Frank Quinn
Lucas Black Buddy Robinson
Gerald McRaney Rev. Gus Horton
Bill Cobbs Rev. Charlie Jackson
Scott Cooper Carl
Lori Beth Edgeman Kathryn
Linds Edwards WKNG Announcer
Andrea Powell Bonnie
Chandler Riggs Tom
Danny Vinson Grier
Blerim Destani Gary
Tomasz Karolak Orville
Andrew Stahl Photographer
Marc Gowan Mr. Feldman
Gracie Bush's Mule

Technical Credits
Aaron Schneider Director,Editor
Daniel Baur Executive Producer
David Boyd Cinematographer
Rob Carliner Executive Producer
Blerim Destani Executive Producer
Robert Duvall Executive Producer
Craig Fincannon Casting
Lisa Mae Fincannon Casting
Scott Fischer Executive Producer
Dariusz Gasiorowski Executive Producer
David B. Ginsberg Executive Producer
David Gundlach Producer
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek Score Composer
Geoffrey Kirkland Production Designer
Evyen Klean Musical Direction/Supervision
Don P. Mandrik Executive Producer
Alain Midzic Executive Producer
C. Gaby Mitchell Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Brad Park Executive Producer
Brandie Park Executive Producer
Justyna Pawlak Associate Producer
Lily Phillips Associate Producer
Chris Provenzano Executive Producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Joey Rappa Executive Producer
Richard Luke Rothschild Co-producer
Scott Seeke Original Story
Oliver Simon Executive Producer
Julie Weiss Costumes/Costume Designer
Konrad Wojterkowski Executive Producer
Dean Zanuck Producer
Harrison Zanuck Executive Producer

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