Shut Up and Sing 2006 R CC

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SHUT UP AND SING travels with the Dixie Chicks, from the peak of their popularity as the national-anthem-singing darlings of country music and top-selling female recording artists of all time, through the now infamous anti-Bush comment made by the group's lead singer Natalie Maines in 2003.

Starring:
Natalie Maines, Emily Robison
Runtime:
1 hour 32 minutes

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Shut Up and Sing

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Product Details

Genres Music, Documentary
Director Barbara Kopple, Cecilia Peck
Starring Natalie Maines, Emily Robison
Supporting actors Martie Maguire, Clayton Allen, Billy B., Paul Beane, Cindi Berger, Barbara Boxer, Aaron Brown, Pat Buchanan, George W. Bush, Randy Carroll, Dick Cheney, Anderson Cooper, Lewis Dickey, Dixie Chicks, Rebecca Hagelin, Smokey Hormel, Darlene Kegan, Toby Keith
Studio Weinstein
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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It was the best album of 2006.
Daniel Torluemke
An incredibly well made movie which really gets you thinking about what really happened and how the Chicks handled the situation and turned it around for themselves.
K. O'callaghan
I really love the girls sticking to their right of freedom of speech and frankly stuff American Country radio for doing what they did.
J. R. Stevens

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177 of 191 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 24, 2007
Format: DVD
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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5 of 0 people found the following review helpful By Lynnea Kay on March 23, 2007
Format: DVD
For a documentary about how the Dixie Chick have been affected by what's happened, this movie truly captures the aftermath of what happens when you share your opinion. It's great to know that the other group members are sticking behind Natalie frimly.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By J. Aragon VINE VOICE on February 9, 2007
Format: DVD
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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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Torluemke on February 16, 2007
Format: DVD
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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