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Danny Glover
Charles S. Dutton.
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124 minutes

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Honeydripper
John Sayles plays the blues...


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Plot
Set in Fifties' Alabama, John Sayles' latest chronicles the trials and tribulations of the Honeydripper Lounge and its owner Tyrone "Pint Top" Purvis (Danny Glover).


Review
Honeydripper
For his 16th movie, indie auteur John Sayles turns his gaze to 1950s Alabama. In his best role in years, Danny Glover shines as embittered bar-owner Tyrone “Pine Top” Purvis, whose dreary joint faces closure unless he pulls something out of the bag.

That ‘something’ is New Orleans legend Guitar Sam, and the film builds up to the fateful event in what is, essentially, an inferior Big Night. There are few surprises, but flawless acting from the largely African-American cast and well-drawn characters make for a convincing portrait of a cotton pickin’ community.

Throw in a fledgling R&B soundtrack and earthy photography courtesy of Mike Leigh regular Dick Pope and you’ve got a gentle, enjoyable musical fable. 


Verdict
A gentle, enjoyable musical fable.


Reviewed by Anna Hart

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L: quizkid i shall be the first to do a review having caught this at my local arthouse. this a gentle low key piece but it also touches on darker aspects of living in alabama with stacey keaches ( whatever happened to him?) dodgy sheriff some good blues and rock and roll music but there really isnt enough plot to sustain a 2hour running time lovely photography and a good performance by danny glover do compensensate urday night at the multiplex material though which is a shames though ria... More

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Posted by jamesbondguy at 17:07, 02 June 2008 | Report This Post


i shall be the first to do a review having caught this at my local arthouse. this a gentle low key piece but it also touches on darker aspects of living in alabama with stacey keaches ( whatever happened to him?) dodgy sheriff some good blues and rock and roll music but there really isnt enough plot to sustain a 2hour running time lovely photography and a good performance by danny glover do compensensate not saturday night at ... More

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