• Songcatcher (2001)


Release Date: June 15th, 2001

DVD Release Date: October 23rd, 2001

PG-13 |1 hr 52 min

Plot Summary

A film about a woman whose drive to pursue the things she believes in leads her on an unexpected path to self-discovery. It is 1907, and musicologist Doctor Lily Penleric (Janet McTeer) has just been denied a promotion in the male-dominated world of her university. Frustrated and determined to get academic recognition, she heads to Appalachia with a recording device and writing materials.

Cast: Janet McTeer, Aidan Quinn, Pat Carroll, Jane Adams, Gregory Russell Cook, Iris DeMent, Stephanie Roth Haberle, David Patrick Kelly

Director: Maggie Greenwald

Genres: Drama

Production Co: ErgoArts, Independent Film Project, Rigas Entertainment

Distributors: Songcather Films LLC, Lionsgate Films

Keywords: Emotional, Forbidden love, Engaging, Sister, Small town, School, Transformation

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Perhaps too laden with messages for its own good, but it has many moments of musical beauty, and it's interesting to watch Janet McTeer. show more

  • 75
    Loren KingChicago Tribune

    Any film about the folk tradition is required to have a stellar soundtrack, and Songcatcher does not disappoint. show more

  • 30
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    A good subject has been ill-served by Ms. Greenwald's cliched script and clumsy direction.

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