Get Low

Get Low

DVD - 2011
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For the past 40 years, Felix Bush has been a hermit, living alone on the outskirts of town. He's the stuff of legend--a frightening eccentric whose secluded home is where little boys test their courage by throwing rocks through the dangerous man's windows. When he hears an old friend has died, he makes a rare visit to town to meet with undertaker Frank Quinn to explain how he wants to "get low." He plans his burial plot, his stone, his farewell sendoff, and even the designated speaker. He intends this all to happen now, while he's still alive and can enjoy getting the value for his money. Quinn's young assistant Buddy isn't so sure about all this. Felix's past is a bit mysterious, but his desire for the party may have something to do with a long-ago romance with Mattie Darrow, who is now a widow, and has returned home. Is Mattie the reason Felix has been punishing himself all these years?
Publisher: Culver City, California : Sony Pictures Classics, [2011]
Edition: Widescreen edition
Copyright Date: ℗2009
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
4 3/4 in
digital,optical,5.1 surround,2.0 stereo,Dolby digital
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video file,DVD video,region 1

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Nursebob
Sep 03, 2018

Based somewhat on the exploits of Felix Bushaloo Breazeale, a real life Tennessee recluse, but padded out for theatre audiences, Aaron Schneider’s low-keyed slice of life dramedy has but a few things going for it. Robert Duvall is exceptional as the taciturn Bush who goes from grumbling loner to articulate philosopher at the drop of a shotgun shell while Sissy Spacek keeps pace as an old flame who is just finding out she never really knew the man she once loved. Bill Murray rounds out the cast as a befuddled funeral director along with Lucas Black as his too honest assistant and Bill Cobbs as a reluctant eulogist. The 1930s touches are nice too with old jalopies, dusty country streets, and a soundtrack of original music complimented by scratchy old records. But aside from being a somewhat engaging character study nothing really takes off—the anticipated climax is more lifeless than an actual wake and the ending is hardly surprising even with the last few pieces of the puzzle plopping into place. Would have been better as a short story.

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richmole
Jul 30, 2018

This movie escaped my notice until now (2018)--almost ten years later. Doesn't matter: timeless.

Glad I found it. It would have been an "ok" movie, but the performances by a number of seasoned, gifted performers makes it even better.

Simple story--bit of a mystery, revealed at the end--simply told. Nicely understated--a welcome change from fast cuts and loud action.

Great work by all concerned--Murray, Spacek, Duvall and relative newcomer Kevin Black as the young husband, father and funeral parlour employee about to learn a whole lot of lessons about life--while in the business of death. So we learn right along with him.

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oktexchic
Jun 11, 2018

Great movie with first class actors!

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tenet
May 23, 2018

Rated 5/10. Very average. I didn't find the storyline very appealing, nor the characters. If I don't care for the plot, I'm not much concerned about the acting.

You don't get to find out until the very end, as to what happened at the beginning of the movie.

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firefly5
Nov 27, 2017

Excellent movie! First rate actors and great acting. Complex story about love, loss, secrets and forgiveness. Set in the deep south, early in the 20th century. (I can't remember if the year was mentioned). I loved the old patchwork quilts, the old town, the vintage cars, costumes, Sissy Spacek's hats. Based on a true story. I enjoy watching the commentary and interviews at the end of a film. Definitely recommend this movie!

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dancingdj2
Jun 08, 2017

Great acting by Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, And Sissy Spacek. Interesting comedy about life.

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COURIER3
Oct 04, 2015

Excellent. This is my 2nd viewing in past years. Bill Murray and Robert Duvall, Lucas Black perfect in their roles. Some interesting comments in bonus features. Bill Cobbs as a reverend great too.~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

JCLJanineM Sep 10, 2015

Excellent film with a superb cast. While it has humorous moments, there is a serious narrative as well. Don't miss this one.

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kozakd
Mar 29, 2014

Sweet, thoughtful and superbly acted. For a simple story it had plenty of twists to hold my interest. I agree this should have received way more interest when it was released.

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greenera
Jan 08, 2014

Excellent film, should have gotten much more attention. Duvall is superb in his role, as are the other big and small names in this movie. I may have to buy it for my own shelves!

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beckythecat1
Dec 31, 2013

beckythecat1 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

Algonquin_Lisa Apr 26, 2011

Algonquin_Lisa thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Monolith
Feb 28, 2012

Felix Bush: "There's alive and there's dead and there's a worse place in between that I hope you never know nothin' about."

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Monolith
Feb 28, 2012

Frank Quinn: "I sold twenty six of the ugliest cars ever made one December in Chicago, with the wind blowin' so hard up my ass I was fartin' snowflakes in July..."

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Algonquin_Lisa Apr 26, 2011

Coarse Language: There's quite a bit of coarse language, but no violence or sexual situations. Definitely suitable for teens if the language isn't an issue. Don't recall any "f" bombs dropped. The worst I remember is son of a b____.

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