Get Low is inspired by the true story of Felix ―Bush‖ Breazeale, who attracted national attention and the largest crowd to assemble up to that date when he threw himself a living funeral party in 1938 in Roane County, Tennessee.
For years, townsfolk have been terrified of the backwoods recluse known as Felix Bush (Robert Duvall). 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 (Bill Murray) enlists his gentlemanly young apprentice, Buddy Robinson (Lucas Black), 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 Mattie Darrow (Sissy Spacek), the only person in town who ever got close to Felix, and the Illinois preacher Charlie Jackson (Bill Cobbs), 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.
An 8-year labor of love for producer Dean Zanuck (Road to Perdition), Get Low is directed by Aaron Schneider who makes his feature debut after winning the Academy Award® for his short, Two Soldiers, and written by Chris Provenzano (Mad Men) and C. Gaby Mitchell (Blood Diamond). The behind-the-scenes team includes Emmy Award-winning cinematographer David Boyd, A.S.C. (Deadwood), Academy Award®-nominated production designer Geoffrey Kirkland (The Right Stuff, Children Of Men) and twice Oscar®-nominated Costume Designer Julie Weiss (Frida, Twelve Monkeys).
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