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With exquisite performances by Danny Glover, Charles S. Dutton, Stacy Keach, Mary Steenburgen and Sean Patrick Thomas; and featuring musicians Keb' Mo' and Dr. Mable JohnHoneydripper is an award winning film, full of great music and plenty of soul.
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It's 1950 in the deep South and Danny Glover's Tyrone is barely making it and his Honeydripper lounge featuring aging blues players can't compete with the popular Jukejoint next door. To make matters worse the Honeydripper is about to close down unless Tyrone can come up with some serious money.
Most of the story revolves around the conflicts and relationships Tyrone has with his wife ( a powerful performance by Lisa Gay Hamilton), his partner (an excellent Charles Dutton), his daughter (a nice debut by model Ya Ya DeCosta), a young musician stranger (effectively played by young bluesman Gary Clark Jr.) and the white sheriff (a tailor made role for Stacey Keach). My favorite character is played by veteran bluesman Keb' Mo', a sort of bluesy greek chorus muse who appears at pivotal times only to Glover and Clark.
Sayles always takes his time developing his characters and the world in which they live, and though it may seem slow at first this lets you begin to care about what will happen to them. A big plus is the terrific music, and except for Glover, it is all played by the actors themselves and surprisingly it was all done live while filming.Read more ›
This movie seems to have been written for the stage. There's only few sets in which most of the action takes place and most of the action is dialogue between 2-3 characters. Unfortunately, in the end it was just too hard for me to continue to listen to Danny Glover's raspy, whispery delivery. My hearing's not too good these days so most of the time I never understood what he was saying.
However, having said all that, Guy Clark Jr., the unknown, cotton pickin guitarist, makes the movie worth watching. It was worth the price to hear him play.
Purvis claims to have hired a big name guitar player in order to lure more customers in. Nothing is that simple. Plans go off their mark and Tyrone has to improvise. Charles S. Dutton and Stacey Keach also star.
Honeydripper is a bit of a tale, but it's good enough to hold your interest.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Honeydripper was a little gem in the John Sayles catalog of film making. He has a unique style of story telling and his characters are always complex and nuanced. Read morePublished 10 days ago by hovalan
This movie has some great old Southern Blues music; the story rings true. It's not a great movie but I enjoyed watching it.Published 21 days ago by Kilby Brandt
4.5 stars. Story line pulled me in, acting great by all, music great but would have liked more as I love the Blues.Published 25 days ago by Moanakai
On and on and on about an ending you knew was going to happen anyway but getting there was boring and tiresome and filled with cliche's. do yourself a favor and find another movie.Published 1 month ago by Captain Bobs Rentals