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John Sayles American IndependentJohn Sayles—American Independent


  • 2007
  • Directed By: John Sayles
  • Rated PG-13
  • Crime, Drama
  • 124 Minutes
  1. Saturday, September 10, 2011 6:30 p.m.

Set in rural Alabama in the early 1950s, Honeydripper gives us Tyrone “Pine Top” Purvis (Danny Glover), a local juke joint owner in debt and in competition with another bar owner, determined to bring financial salvation in the form of live shows starring guitar legend Guitar Sam. But what happens if Guitar Sam does not arrive at the appointed hour? With a soundtrack that includes performances by rising musician Gary Clark Jr. (as Sonny), Keb’Mo’, and Kel Mitchell, the film intertwines race, civil rights, and rhythm and blues. Also starring Lisa Gay Hamilton, Charles S. Dutton, Vondie Curtis-Hall, and Stacy Keach. (35mm preservation print is provided courtesy of UCLA Film and Television Archive.)