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Dixie Chicks: Shut Up & Sing (Full Screen Edition) (2006)

Natalie Maines , Emily Robison , Barbara Kopple , Cecilia Peck  |  R |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Natalie Maines, Emily Robison, Martie Maguire, Clayton Allen, Billy B.
  • Directors: Barbara Kopple, Cecilia Peck
  • Producers: Barbara Kopple, Cecilia Peck, Claude Davies, Craig Hymson, Daniel Voll
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: February 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000KX0IN6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,405 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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(Documentary) "Just so you know, we're ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas." This film documents how those 15 words in 2003 took the Dixie Chicks from the peak of their popularity as the top-selling female recording artists of all time, through the days, months and years of mayhem that followed.

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176 of 190 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars America's Chicks January 24, 2007
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Have you ever wondered what would happen if the number-one selling gal group in history were to go to another country and say they were embarrassed that the leader of the free world was from Texas?

Well, you are in luck, because "Shut Up and Sing" is a documentary focusing on that very question.

It all began with a little zinger, a bit of nothing really, directed at some president or another. But... that zinger irritated me. You see, I like my music with soul, but hold the politics, thank you very much. When ensuing boycotts were bandied, I was amused. Turnabout is fair play. But then something spooked the herd and... good God, the entire genre of country music went stampeding off a cliff. I was not amused.

"Shut Up and Sing" makes us all Dixie Chicks. Through the camera's eye, we become one of the girls as they move from slinging free speech, to receiving free-flowing hatred, to shifting into (my favorite) a reasoned, measured fight mode. Along the way we discover that the Dixie Chicks are loved wives, loving moms, supportive friends, amazing artists and... the target of crackpot death threats. Who said that was okay?

America didn't. I didn't. And I bet you didn't either.

From this evolution of events, we witness the genesis of the next Dixie Chicks album "Taking the Long Way." With producer Rick Rubin, the Chicks put voice to their American experience. The top of the charts and five Grammy nominations followed.

Question: What do the Dixie Chicks, Abraham Lincoln, and a man standing in front of a line of Chinese tanks have in common?

Answer: They are all my heroes.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie February 9, 2007
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I am an American living in Canada and I saw the movie when it was released in Victoria. The movie was fabulous. It was an honest depiction of what ensued after Natalie's simple statement. What made my viewing experience even better was the cheering, clapping, and ultimately standing ovation at the theater. The Canadian crowd LOVED the movie.

I must say there were many times during this movie that I could feel tears welling up in my eyes. I took my daughter to see it (warning there are some curse words) and she really liked it. Afterward, she wondered why it was such a big deal for Natalie to make a statement. Even for a primary aged kid, she was aware of Freedom of Speech and the reaction just didn't make sense to her.

The best thing in the movie was to see how the Chicks drew strength from one antoher during this ordeal. I think that so much of the reaction to the statement was gendered. Yes, the US was going through this pseudo-patriotic time, but the ways in which the DC were attacked often was filled with sexist tropes.

I'm buying this movie as soon as it comes out and will be showing it in two of my classes. One class looks at globalization and the other is a gender and politics class. I think the nativist and xenophobic reactions by some of the "haters" will cause interesting discussion in class.

Overall, I'm hoping that more people will come to enjoy their music and respect that they stood by one another. I can't wait to see them again in concert. I'm a long time fan of the DC.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is this really America? February 16, 2007
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This little five foot woman makes a benign remark about Bush, and millions of rednecks go nuts! Not only did these "freedom loving" American's want to stop listening to the Dixie Chicks, they demanded that they be SILENCED. Other entertainers made far stronger statements against Bush, and his war, yet no one seemed to care.

These women who raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in the past for numerous American causes, were suddenly deemed female Benedict Arnold's, or even worse "Jane Fonda's," oh my!! Did I miss the part in the constitution where American;s can't be critical of the president when they are in England? What federal statute did Maines break?

The good news is that the attempt by the right wing lynch mob to put the Chicks out of business, has failed miserably. The Chicks just swept the Grammy Awards, have an album that spent several weeks at #1 last summer, and just completed a tour that in spite of initial trouble selling tickets, ended up grossing more than thirty million dollars, and being attended by over five hundred thousand fans around the world.

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"Shut up and Sing" is a great documentary. Not only is it informative, it is also very funny in parts. Natalie Maines has a wicked sense of humor. Sadly, those with an axe to grind take what she says in jest and use it against her. Just look how nuts the Chicks' haters got over the "heh heh" remark at the Grammy's? Jeez folks lighten up.

When you finish this film, you will truly wonder what happened to the country that you once knew. The rabid Dixie Chicks haters clearly confused the concept of boycotting, with demanding CENSORSHIP!

"Taking the Long Way" did not win the five Grammys because of "liberal Hollywood." It was the best album of 2006.
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chicks rule February 12, 2007
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I've been a fan of the Dixie Chicks even before Natalie was the lead singer and I thought that a mountain was made out of a mole hill about Natalie's comment about Bush. When I saw this film, I was impressed with the amazing music that came about as a result of this incident. I was horrified at the way these three women were treated. Threatening their lives over a silly comment is a disgrace. The film is a gripping piece of Americana and contains humor, drama and some of the best music around. Just ask the Grammy voters. It should have been nominated for an Oscar. If you are a fan of the group, you will be more impressed, if you're not a fan, watch the film and I it will make some converts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Artist/Art is More Powerful than a Stupid Politician
So you think censorship of an artist does not exist in the good ol' U.S. of A.?

Oh, you sweet, innocent child, you! Check this out.
Published 11 hours ago by Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
GREAT
Published 2 days ago by Seth Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic movie about some brave strong women. Great music, great story.
Published 16 days ago by Rebecca Barnes
4.0 out of 5 stars Good documentary; wish I had watched it sooner
I am glad I watched this documentary. I am one of the folks who was angry at the Dixie Chicks -- and after all these years, I wanted to hear their side of the story. Glad I did! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kathie Newell
4.0 out of 5 stars Didn't know their audience ...
Watched it with a friend who gave it high marks. Though it was interesting to learn about the DCs and hear some of their music, I found it lacking energy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by cam
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn from their mistakes!
The Dixie Chicks are an amazing group. People go to concerts to enjoy themselves and to escape the hardships of life. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Shiloh
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing show of solidarity
This movie is amazing - it shows the downside of freedom of speech and highlights how important it is to have strong relationships with people in your corner. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the Dixie Chicks
Scary how much trouble "free speech" can get you into when there is a war fever infecting the nation. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Susan Clay
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and sad
Love a true story doc. wish the country industry didn't ruin a great career and break hearts along the way.
Published 8 months ago by mary m.
5.0 out of 5 stars Country Music truth
Great documentary of what the country music industry did to Dixie Chicks for speaking the truth. The music clips are great!
Published 10 months ago by Jacqueline Headley
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Lamest controversy ever!
That you're narrowminded enough to believe that the Dixie Chicks being pretty or famous or rich makes their beliefs any less important than those who are not is kinda funny. Most of America missed the entire point of this entire overblown situation - you do not suddenly become a non-American... Read More
May 26, 2007 by Michael T. Rognlien |  See all 23 posts
A true "Feel Sorry for Us" Film
If watching their newest album go double platinum and recently winning several major Grammys including Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Record of the Year is "spoiling their careers," you are using a very curious definition of "spoil," my friend.

People do indeed have... Read More
Feb 17, 2007 by Watts Martin |  See all 31 posts
A very proud Dixie Chicks fan!
"Shut Up and Sing" really went pretty easy on the haters. The best DVD on this matter is "Protesting the Dixie Chicks." In this film the makers show interviews outside of arenas in 2003 where the Chicks played.

One protester waving a flag said "All three of them should... Read More
Mar 2, 2007 by Daniel Torluemke |  See all 5 posts
McCarthyisim lives
I agree, David. This was one of the best!
Mar 3, 2007 by John H. Macdonald |  See all 2 posts
"Protesting the Dixie Chicks" DVD is great as well. Be the first to reply
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