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Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

Summary: 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. After laying off his regular talent, blues singer Bertha Mae, Tyrone announces to his sidekick Maceo that he has hired the famous electric guitar player, Guitar Sam, for a special one night only gig: pack em in and save the club. On the day of the show, the train arrives and Guitar Sam is no where to be found. Tyrone is forced to take drastic action. He makes a deal with Sheriff Pugh to release Sonny, the kid who hopped off a freight car here in Harmony, and turned up in the club claiming he could play the guitar as well as any Guitar Sam. Tyrone cleans Sonny up and launches a last ditch scheme to pass off the young guitar picker as Guitar Sam just long enough to cut the lights and run off with cash box. When Sonny takes the stage and launches into his first scalding electric licks, Tyrone will learn if it's lights out for the Honeydripper or if his luck has changed: he might just be another man saved by rock n' roll.
Runtime: 124 min
Rating: Rated PG-13 for brief violence and some suggestive material.
Production: Anarchist's Convention Films
Genres: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Language: English
Home Release Date: Jun 24, 2008
Director Credit
John Sayles Director
Writer Credit
John Sayles Written By
Cast Credit
Absalom Adams Lonnie
Arthur Lee Williams Metalmouth Sims
Charles S. Dutton Maceo
Danny Glover Tyrone Purvis
Daryl Edwards Shack Thomas
Davenia McFadden Nadine
Gary Clark Jr. Sonny
Lisa Gay Hamilton Delilah
Mable John Bertha Mae
Nagee Clay Scratch
Ruben Santiago-Hudson Stokely
Sean Patrick Thomas Dex
Stacy Keach Sheriff
Vondie Curtis-Hall Slick
Yaya DaCosta China Doll
Producer Credit
Ira Deutchman Associate Producer
Maggie Renzi Producer
Mark Wynns Associate Producer
Susan Kirr Associate Producer
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