Honeydripper

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Released 2007

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Director:
John Sayles
Released:
2007
Rating:
PG-13
Honeydripper is a 2007 crime drama directed by John Sayles. The film is set in 1950s Alabama, a time when Jim Crow laws were still in effect. Tyrone Purvis (Danny Glover) is the owner of the Honeydripper lounge and an amazing pianist. Unfortunately, Tyrone is losing business to a rival restaurant, Touissant. Due to the decrease in business, Tyrone is at risk of losing the lounge he owes money for liquor, food, entertainment and there is just no money to pay off the debts. Tyrone knows the only chance he has to save Honeydripper is to get more customers in the door, but that just is not happening. Then Tyrone hears a rumor that a legendary New Orleans guitarist is coming to town. The bar owner thinks this is his only shot to save his beloved lounge. Can Tyrone lure the guitarist to the Honeydripper and if he does is it enough to save his bar?

Metacritic Score

  • 90

    Variety

    The result is one of Sayles' best films. The music, a mix of blues, seminal rock and newcomer Gary Clark Jr.'s performance, will be an obvious draw, as will the performances by som...

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Crust

    Music may be Honeydripper's most indelible element and Sayles and longtime collaborator, composer Mason Daring, seamlessly incorporate several original songs alongside the soundtra...

  • 60

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Honeydripper is agreeable, well-intentioned and very, very slow. Sadly, it illustrates the difference between an archetype and a stereotype. When the first falls flat, it turns int...

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    Arts, Drama, Music

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    Musicals, Independent, African-American Drama