Get Low


1h 42m 2009

Brief Synopsis

For years, townsfolk have been terrified of the backwoods recluse known as Felix Bush. People say he's done all manner of unspeakable things -- that he's killed in cold blood; that he's in league with the Devil; that he has strange powers -- and they avoid him like the plague. Then, one day, Felix r

Film Details

Also Known As
El último gran día, Funeral Party, grand jour, último gran día
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2009
Production Company
Konrad Dowling
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 42m

Synopsis

For years, townsfolk have been terrified of the backwoods recluse known as Felix Bush. People say he's done all manner of unspeakable things -- that he's killed in cold blood; that he's in league with the Devil; that he has strange powers -- and they avoid him like the plague. Then, one day, Felix rides to town with a shotgun and a wad of cash, saying he wants to buy a funeral. It's not your usual funeral for the dead Felix wants. On the contrary, he wants a living funeral, in which anyone who ever had heard a story about him will come to tell it, while he takes it all in. Sensing a big payday in the offing, fast-talking funeral home owner Frank Quinn enlists his gentlemanly young apprentice, Buddy Robinson to win over Felix's business. Buddy is no stranger to Felix's dark reputation, but what he discovers is that behind Felix's surreal plan lies a very real and long-held secret that must get out. As the funeral approaches, the mystery- which involves the widow Maddie Darrow, the only person in town who ever got close to Felix, and the Illinois preacher Charlie Jackson who refuses to speak at his former friend's funeral - only deepens. But on the big day, Felix is in no mood to listen to other people spinning made-up anecdotes about him. This time, he's the one who is going to do the telling about why he has been hiding out in the woods.

Crew

Erika Abrams

Production Coordinator

Gaytra D Arnold

Accounting Clerk

Jerry Ashworth

Driver

Gene Austin

Song Performer

Frank Avanzo

Set Costumer

Kirk Baily

Looping Coordinator

Denise T. Ballantyne

Visual Effects

Daniel Baur

Executive Producer

Jeff Becker

Best Boy Electric

Bix Beiderbecke

Song Performer

Stephanie Beman

Craft Service

Tara Feldstein Bennett

Casting Assistant

William Bennett

Grip

Sean Bernard

Charge Scenic Painter

Jennifer M Blackman

Driver

Lee Blasingame

Camera Assistant

Dan Blessinger

Music

Leslie Boston

Driver

Elliott Boswell

Property Master

Alfred Boyd

Driver

David Boyd

Dp/Cinematographer

David Boyd

Director Of Photography

Hugh Braselton

Camera Assistant

Craig T. Brown

Accounting Assistant

Robert Brubaker

Stunts

Clint Buckner

Apprentice

Matthew Butler

Greensman

Stuart Cardwell

Location Assistant

Rob Carliner

Executive Producer

Gina Cassidy

Grip

Cynthia L Chapman

Hair Stylist

Adam P Chrisman

Driver

Anthony Chrisman

Driver

Robert Clotworthy

Looping Coordinator

Tracy L Coker

Driver

David Cowgill

Looping Coordinator

Rick Crank

Electrician

Richard Crescenti

Adr

Beth W Crookham

Executive Producer

Curtis Crowe

Construction Coordinator

Erin Cullen

Rotoscope Artist

Scott Dale

Stunts

Ricky Damazio

Transportation Captain

Ross Davis

Camera Assistant

Mark Desimone

Adr Mixer

Blerim Destani

Executive Producer

Ken Diaz

Makeup

Mort Dixon

Song

Walter Donaldson

Song

Ekundayo Donegan

Location Assistant

Julie Donovan

Camera Assistant

Derrick Doose

Set Production Assistant

Scott Dougherty

Visual Effects

Jerry Douglas

Music

Jerry Douglas

Soloist

Jerry Douglas

Song Performer

Konrad Dowling

Production Insurance

Jackson Drost

Electrician

Stuart Duncan

Soloist

Robert Duvall

Executive Producer

David B Ellis

Electrician

Sam Emerson

Still Photographer

Steven Felix

Music

Craig Fincannon

Casting

Lisa Mae Fincannon

Casting

Scott Fischer

Executive Producer

Bob Fisher

Stunts

Kevin Fleming

Scenic Artist

David Fletcher

Special Effects Coordinator

Stephen Hunter Flick

Supervising Sound Editor

Michael Freeman

Transportation Coordinator

Tommy Frey

Driver

Alex Friderici

Visual Effects Supervisor

Mathias Frodin

Compositor

Frank Galline

Set Decorator

Jeff Gardner

Caterer

Michael Gardner

Driver

Hope Garrison

Assistant Director

Dariusz Gasiorowski

Executive Producer

Corey R Gilbert

Location Assistant

William Gillespie

Driver

David B. Ginsberg

Executive Producer

Alex Gitler

Compositor

Avram D Gold

Supervising Sound Editor

Ken Gorrell

Special Effects Supervisor

Megan Graham

Script Supervisor

Jim Grantham

Driver

David Gundlach

Producer

Brian Gunter

Camera Operator

Brian Gunter

Chief Lighting Technician

David Gunter

On-Set Dresser

Martin Hall

Compositor

Gary Hankinson

Driver

Lawrence Heap

On-Set Dresser

Eric Henson

Office Production Assistant

Heather Elisa Hill

Visual Effects

Charles Hillin

Driver

Lisa Hitt

Medic

Bridget Hoffman

Looping Coordinator

Chris Hunter

Storyboard Artist

Patrick Ingram

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Lee Ivey

Scenic Artist

Jeanine James

Driver

Kip Jamison

On-Set Dresser

Chris Jensen

Color

Cal Johnson

Stunts

Terry Johnson

Driver

Cynthia Jordan

Scenic Artist

Jan A. P. Kaczmarek

Music Producer

Jan A. P. Kaczmarek

Music Composer

Christopher Kennedy

Music Editor

John Kennett

Carpenter

Geoffrey Kirkland

Production Designer

Thomas Kittle

Special Effects Technician

Evyen Klean

Music Supervisor

Gavin Kleintop

Assistant Director

Jessie Sasser Kloos

Set Production Assistant

Julie Kobsa

Assistant Property Master

Agnieszka Kopacka

Soloist

Bogna Kowalska

Music

Alison Krauss

Song Performer

Carrie La

Location Manager

Danny E Lafave

Driver

Krystine Lankenau

Compositor

Kim Larsen

Office Production Assistant

Jack Lawrence

Song

Tim Leblanc

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Sherri Angela Leger

Camera

Amy Lehman

Art Department Coordinator

Natasha Leonett

Colorist

Shirley Libby

Production Sound Mixer

Patricio Libenson

Foley Artist

Gregory Liegey

Visual Effects Supervisor

David Lingenfelser

Visual Effects Supervisor

Kevin Lingenfelser

Visual Effects Supervisor

Colt Logan

Boom Operator

Janet Lopez

Music Coordinator

Suzanne Lore

Production Supervisor

Paul M Lowe

Medic

Philippe Majdalani

Camera

Don P Mandrik

Executive Producer

Jp Manning

Driver

Erika Marchino

Adr

Paul Mares

Song

Sean E Marshall

Driver

Anderson Martin

Stunts

Dylan Maulucci

Music

Cory Mccrum-abdo

Post-Production Supervisor

Emma Mcgill

Assistant

Peter Mcgoran

Driver

Brendan Mchale

Special Effects Technician

Ben Mciver

Location Assistant

Caitlin Mckenna

Adr Voice Casting

Caitlin Mckenna

Looping Coordinator

Alaina Mcmanus

Apprentice

Landon Medeiros

Compositor

Janet Melody

Key Costumer

Mark Messick

Sound Editor

Drew Meyers

On-Set Dresser

Alain Midzic

Executive Producer

Charlie Mitchell

Screenplay

Charlie Mitchell

Executive Producer

Rodney Montague

Visual Effects Producer

Dan Moore

Costume Supervisor

Dan Moore

Hair

Joel Morton

Driver

Dan Mott

Carpenter

Mark Nave

Construction

Ken Nevin

Transportation Captain

Sean O'connor

Compositor

Connor Patrick O'malley

Electrician

Tom Oastler

Payroll Accountant

Rafal Paczkowski

Music

Brad Park

Executive Producer

Brandie Park

Executive Producer

Jim Passanante

Charge Scenic Painter

Justyna Pawlak

Associate Producer

Kim Pepe

Compositor

Jeffrey Perkins

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Sonny Pettijohn

Assistant Sound Editor

Christopher Earl Pettus

Craft Service

Loan Phan

Camera

Lily Phillips

Associate Producer

Martha Pike

Camera

John Priebe

Camera Operator

Phil Proctor

Special Effects Technician

Chris Provenzano

Story By

Chris Provenzano

Screenplay

Chris Provenzano

Executive Producer

Jamey Pryde

Post-Production Supervisor

Joseph Rappa

Executive Producer

Leon Rappolo

Song

Carol Rasheed

Makeup Artist

Jennifer Reeve

Music Coordinator

Patti Rivers

Accountant

Ken Robinson

Driver

Linda N Robinson

Seamstress Supervisor

Richard Luke Rothschild

Coproducer

Richard Luke Rothschild

Line Producer

Michelle Ruff

Looping Coordinator

Film Details

Also Known As
El último gran día, Funeral Party, grand jour, último gran día
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2009
Production Company
Konrad Dowling
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 42m

Articles

Get Low - Robert Duvall, Bill Murray & Sissy Spacek in GET LOW on Blu-Ray


Cameraman-turned director Aaron Schneider's notable short subject Two Soldiers is from a short story by William Faulkner. Schneider's 2010 feature Get Low evokes much of the appeal of tall tales from the Tennessee hills. A rich character study set in the late 1920s, Chris Provenzano and Scott Seeke's original story was narrowed in focus to concentrate on the unusual funeral preparations for a "crazy old nutter" who has lived as a hermit for the past forty years. Dealing as it does with mostly older rural characters in another time and place, the independently-produced Get Low does not position itself to appeal to a youthful demographic -- although co-star Bill Murray delivers plenty of droll lines the movie is by no means a comedy. It's based on an actual event that happened in Tennessee in 1938.

Cranky hermit Felix Bush (Robert Duvall) is a disliked and feared loner known as the meanest man in the county. When he asks the local preacher (Gerald McRaney) to conduct his funeral service before he dies, Bush isn't taken seriously. Business being what it is, the town undertaker Frank Quinn (Bill Murray) pounces on the opportunity to provide Old Man Bush with whatever odd ceremony he desires. Frank's young assistant Buddy (Lucas Black) isn't sure that a funeral without a dead body is ethical, and is further perplexed when Bush explains that he wants to invite "everybody in four counties" to come and tell all the local legends about him. Frank circulates a poster of Bush looking wild-eyed and ferocious in his long beard; Bush guarantees a big turnout by offering to raffle off his house and acreage with tickets sold at only $5 a pop. Off in the next state, the Reverend Charlie Jackson (Bill Cobbs) shares the hermit's secret but refuses to attend the gala funeral party because Bush won't repent and ask God to forgive him. Bush then bumps into his childhood sweetheart Mattie Darrow (Sissy Spacek). Initially interested in Felix, Mattie grows hostile when she realizes that his mystery has something to do with the death of her sister, long ago.

Get Low achieves a pleasant balance between backwoods drama and a lighter tone indicated by the presence of Bill Murray. Some of his droll lines are obvious laugh cues. Looking meaner than a snake, Felix Bush gets set to have his picture taken. When the photographer asks if perhaps Bush should smile, Frank Quinn's deadpan response is, "That is his smile". But Murray's function is not to provide comic relief, as the film's lighter moments remain firmly character based. Watching Bush get a shave, the younger Buddy remarks that he wouldn't know him without the beard, and Bush is quick to add, "Maybe the Devil won't either."

With his beady deadeye stare, Robert Duvall's Felix frightens kids and takes on a street bully with an axe handle. When the Old Man warms up and his conversations stop sounding like grave threats, the conflict shifts to the Faulkner-like past mystery of a burning house and a vintage photo Felix has hidden in a keepsake box. Mattie's friendly face goes dark when she realizes that Felix may have carried on an affair with her sister, a married woman. Felix must offer his property as an incentive to get his neighbors to attend his pitiful party. His dark secret reminds us somewhat of the Delmer Daves / Gary Cooper western The Hanging Tree, which also deals with a man emotionally crippled by a traumatic personal loss. Like a character in a number of William Faulkner stories, both men were once suspected of arson.

Get Low succeeds by keeping things simple and not overselling the period detail. It evokes a time when an old coot like Felix would have to harness his mule to a wagon to go to town. According to the filmmakers, various subplots were dropped because the story sagged whenever they cut away from the central storyline. More attention was originally spent on a group of local thugs and some small kids seen throwing rocks at Bush's cabin also figured more strongly in the story. Other scenes filmed but not used elaborated on Frank Quinn's romantic interest in Mattie. All that remains is a nicely hesitant exchange between the two. Sissy Spacek communicates a sweet, understated awareness of this tension, making this probably her best scene.

The final scenes of public confession and understanding maintain the film's respect for its own characters. Robert Duvall is given plenty of private moments but never begs to be loved. This may be Bill Murray's best performance in a non-starring role, as we stop waiting for him to do something funny and accept his melancholy undertaker for what he is. While actually having little to do, Ms. Spacek glows with an honest good-heartedness, while Alabama-born Lucas Black wins us over as the respectful young man that Old Man Bush most admires and envies. Get Low may conclude like a Southern Gothic tragedy but it also feels warm and unforced.

Sony Pictures Classics' Blu-ray of Get Low is an impeccable transfer of this Georgia-filmed "tall tale", which takes full advantage of the winter colors for symbolic effect. Robert Duvall's character laughs at the idea that his mule will probably outlive him, but it is the landscape that constantly reminds us that the Old Man's time is running out.

A quartet of promotional featurettes covers the production from all angles. On the feature commentary director Schneider and his producer Dean Zanuck discuss acting issues with star Robert Duvall. They talk about the show's short shooting schedule (26 days), the hiring of Bill Murray and how budget realities simplified the concept during the shoot. "The boys" don't allow co-commentator Sissy Spacek much of a chance to contribute, even during her big scenes. Duvall was impressed by his false beard makeup, saying it's the best he's ever worn. Duvall mentions the similar film and stage work of writer Horton Foote, for whom he played a much less lovable backwoodsman back in another William Faulkner adaptation, 1970's Tomorrow.

Get Low earned positive reviews but wasn't a big box office performer, which is understandable because it lacks an exploitable marketing hook -- although it has an impressive cast and a story with a universal appeal, nothing outrageous or scandalous occurs. Complicating matters further, theatrical trailers stressed Bill Murray's punch lines, fatally misrepresenting the show as a comedy about a hillbilly come to town. It's actually one of the more affecting dramas of 2010.

For more information about Get Low, visit Sony Pictures Classics. To order Get Low, go to TCM Shopping.

by Glenn Erickson
Get Low - Robert Duvall, Bill Murray & Sissy Spacek In Get Low On Blu-Ray

Get Low - Robert Duvall, Bill Murray & Sissy Spacek in GET LOW on Blu-Ray

Cameraman-turned director Aaron Schneider's notable short subject Two Soldiers is from a short story by William Faulkner. Schneider's 2010 feature Get Low evokes much of the appeal of tall tales from the Tennessee hills. A rich character study set in the late 1920s, Chris Provenzano and Scott Seeke's original story was narrowed in focus to concentrate on the unusual funeral preparations for a "crazy old nutter" who has lived as a hermit for the past forty years. Dealing as it does with mostly older rural characters in another time and place, the independently-produced Get Low does not position itself to appeal to a youthful demographic -- although co-star Bill Murray delivers plenty of droll lines the movie is by no means a comedy. It's based on an actual event that happened in Tennessee in 1938. Cranky hermit Felix Bush (Robert Duvall) is a disliked and feared loner known as the meanest man in the county. When he asks the local preacher (Gerald McRaney) to conduct his funeral service before he dies, Bush isn't taken seriously. Business being what it is, the town undertaker Frank Quinn (Bill Murray) pounces on the opportunity to provide Old Man Bush with whatever odd ceremony he desires. Frank's young assistant Buddy (Lucas Black) isn't sure that a funeral without a dead body is ethical, and is further perplexed when Bush explains that he wants to invite "everybody in four counties" to come and tell all the local legends about him. Frank circulates a poster of Bush looking wild-eyed and ferocious in his long beard; Bush guarantees a big turnout by offering to raffle off his house and acreage with tickets sold at only $5 a pop. Off in the next state, the Reverend Charlie Jackson (Bill Cobbs) shares the hermit's secret but refuses to attend the gala funeral party because Bush won't repent and ask God to forgive him. Bush then bumps into his childhood sweetheart Mattie Darrow (Sissy Spacek). Initially interested in Felix, Mattie grows hostile when she realizes that his mystery has something to do with the death of her sister, long ago. Get Low achieves a pleasant balance between backwoods drama and a lighter tone indicated by the presence of Bill Murray. Some of his droll lines are obvious laugh cues. Looking meaner than a snake, Felix Bush gets set to have his picture taken. When the photographer asks if perhaps Bush should smile, Frank Quinn's deadpan response is, "That is his smile". But Murray's function is not to provide comic relief, as the film's lighter moments remain firmly character based. Watching Bush get a shave, the younger Buddy remarks that he wouldn't know him without the beard, and Bush is quick to add, "Maybe the Devil won't either." With his beady deadeye stare, Robert Duvall's Felix frightens kids and takes on a street bully with an axe handle. When the Old Man warms up and his conversations stop sounding like grave threats, the conflict shifts to the Faulkner-like past mystery of a burning house and a vintage photo Felix has hidden in a keepsake box. Mattie's friendly face goes dark when she realizes that Felix may have carried on an affair with her sister, a married woman. Felix must offer his property as an incentive to get his neighbors to attend his pitiful party. His dark secret reminds us somewhat of the Delmer Daves / Gary Cooper western The Hanging Tree, which also deals with a man emotionally crippled by a traumatic personal loss. Like a character in a number of William Faulkner stories, both men were once suspected of arson. Get Low succeeds by keeping things simple and not overselling the period detail. It evokes a time when an old coot like Felix would have to harness his mule to a wagon to go to town. According to the filmmakers, various subplots were dropped because the story sagged whenever they cut away from the central storyline. More attention was originally spent on a group of local thugs and some small kids seen throwing rocks at Bush's cabin also figured more strongly in the story. Other scenes filmed but not used elaborated on Frank Quinn's romantic interest in Mattie. All that remains is a nicely hesitant exchange between the two. Sissy Spacek communicates a sweet, understated awareness of this tension, making this probably her best scene. The final scenes of public confession and understanding maintain the film's respect for its own characters. Robert Duvall is given plenty of private moments but never begs to be loved. This may be Bill Murray's best performance in a non-starring role, as we stop waiting for him to do something funny and accept his melancholy undertaker for what he is. While actually having little to do, Ms. Spacek glows with an honest good-heartedness, while Alabama-born Lucas Black wins us over as the respectful young man that Old Man Bush most admires and envies. Get Low may conclude like a Southern Gothic tragedy but it also feels warm and unforced. Sony Pictures Classics' Blu-ray of Get Low is an impeccable transfer of this Georgia-filmed "tall tale", which takes full advantage of the winter colors for symbolic effect. Robert Duvall's character laughs at the idea that his mule will probably outlive him, but it is the landscape that constantly reminds us that the Old Man's time is running out. A quartet of promotional featurettes covers the production from all angles. On the feature commentary director Schneider and his producer Dean Zanuck discuss acting issues with star Robert Duvall. They talk about the show's short shooting schedule (26 days), the hiring of Bill Murray and how budget realities simplified the concept during the shoot. "The boys" don't allow co-commentator Sissy Spacek much of a chance to contribute, even during her big scenes. Duvall was impressed by his false beard makeup, saying it's the best he's ever worn. Duvall mentions the similar film and stage work of writer Horton Foote, for whom he played a much less lovable backwoodsman back in another William Faulkner adaptation, 1970's Tomorrow. Get Low earned positive reviews but wasn't a big box office performer, which is understandable because it lacks an exploitable marketing hook -- although it has an impressive cast and a story with a universal appeal, nothing outrageous or scandalous occurs. Complicating matters further, theatrical trailers stressed Bill Murray's punch lines, fatally misrepresenting the show as a comedy about a hillbilly come to town. It's actually one of the more affecting dramas of 2010. For more information about Get Low, visit Sony Pictures Classics. To order Get Low, go to TCM Shopping. by Glenn Erickson

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Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Closing Night Gala) May 20-June 13, 2010.

Shown at Tribeca Film Festival (Spotlight) April 21-May 2, 2010.

Released in United States Summer July 30, 2010

Released in United States on Video February 22, 2011

Released in United States September 2009

Released in United States 2010

Released in United States January 2010

Released in United States March 2010

Shown at San Sebastian International Film Festival (Official Selection/Competitor for the Kutxa-New Directors Award) September 18-26, 2009.

Shown at San Francisco International Film Festival (Tributes) April 22-May 6, 2010.

Released in United States July 30, 2010 (New York City and Los Angeles)

Released in United States Summer July 30, 2010

Shown at South by Southwest Film Festival (Headliners) March 12-20, 2010.

Project was included on the 2005 Black List.

Feature directorial debut for Aaron Schneider.

Sony Pictures Classics acquired North American distribution rights at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival.

Released in United States on Video February 22, 2011

Released in United States September 2009 (Shown at San Sebastian International Film Festival (Official Selection/Competitor for the Kutxa-New Directors Award) September 18-26, 2009.)

Released in United States 2010 (Shown at San Francisco International Film Festival (Tributes) April 22-May 6, 2010.)

Released in United States 2010 (Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Closing Night Gala) May 20-June 13, 2010.)

Released in United States 2010 (Shown at Tribeca Film Festival (Spotlight) April 21-May 2, 2010.)

Released in United States January 2010 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Premieres) January 21-31, 2010.)

Released in United States March 2010 (Shown at South by Southwest Film Festival (Headliners) March 12-20, 2010.)

Released in United States July 30, 2010