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Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

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A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.

Directors:

Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Writers:

Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Oscar Isaac ... Llewyn Davis
Carey Mulligan ... Jean
Justin Timberlake ... Jim
Ethan Phillips ... Mitch Gorfein
Robin Bartlett ... Lillian Gorfein
Max Casella ... Pappi Corsicato
Jerry Grayson ... Mel Novikoff
Jeanine Serralles ... Joy
Adam Driver ... Al Cody
Stark Sands ... Troy Nelson
John Goodman ... Roland Turner
Garrett Hedlund ... Johnny Five
Alex Karpovsky ... Marty Green
Helen Hong ... Janet Fung
Bradley Mott ... Joe Flom
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Storyline

Follow a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles -- some of them of his own making. Written by Production

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Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Balada de un hombre común See more »

Filming Locations:

Medford, Minnesota, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$405,411, 8 December 2013

Gross USA:

$13,235,319

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,960,249
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Joel Coen, Ethan Coen: [Kubrick] The first few shots of the scene in the bathroom were filmed as an one-point perspective, the same way Kubrick filmed the memorable meeting between Jack Torrance and Grady in The Shining (1980) also taking place in a bathroom. See more »

Goofs

The soldier was wearing the correct 1961 fatigues/work clothes. However, soldiers were not permitted to travel in them until recent years and had to be in actual uniform or civilian clothes. See more »

Quotes

Roland Turner: A solo act?
Llewyn Davis: No, I had a partner... he threw himself off the George Washington Bridge.
Roland Turner: George Washington Bridge? You throw yourself off the Brooklyn Bridge, traditionally. George Washington Bridge? Who does that?
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The Last Thing on My Mind
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An under the radar, anti-Hollywood masterpiece
1 October 2016 | by ShimmyKRSee all my reviews

This is the first time I've felt compelled to write a review for on IMDb. There are only a few movies in history that have impacted me as much.

The first time I saw Inside Llewyn Davis, it left me feeling empty and confused. While I appreciated the music, the acting, and the cinematography, I couldn't understand why anyone would love this movie (and I am a huge Coen fan). After all, it's just scene after scene of a jerk getting beaten up by life with no real plot progression and no real reason to care about any of the characters.

I then came across the movie again on TV and decided to give it another chance.

After this second viewing, the movie's themes connected with me in a big way. After my third and fourth viewing, it shook me to my core.

This movie is almost too realistic. It follows none of the conventional "rules" and there is no winner or hero. There's no real drama. There's no "silver lining". There's only struggle. And then acceptance.

For every one Bob Dylan there are myriad Llewyn Davis'. Really talented musicians and artists that work really hard and simply don't catch the lucky break. People go under the radar, under-appreciated and overlooked. People that never make it big and therefore question whether they should be doing it at all.

This is a film for the everyday folk; a beautiful empathetic look at art, music, and everyday struggle.


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