Synopsis: Duets is a road-trip comedy which revolves around the little known world of karaoke and the whimsical characters who inhabit it. There's the struggling singer who dreams of making it to the big time, a frustrated salesman who ends up on an unexpected road trip, the dysfunctional family performers which includes a con-artist and his long lost daughter, and an escaped convict with the voice of an angel. All roads lead to Omaha, site of a national karaoke competition where this motley group of singers and stars come together for a blow-out sing-off.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Director(s): Bruce Paltrow
Production: Hollywood Pictures
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
112 min





I'd fall down on my knees

Kiss the ground

that you walk on, baby

If I could just hold you




- [Whistling]

- Whoa, yeah

lf I could

just hold you

- Baby, you can hold me!

- If I could just hold you again, baby.

Thank you!

All right, Tulsa,


Let's take a short break, and then

I'll be right back with our next singer.



Way to go, Ronny.

Looks like you're on your way to Omaha.

I didn't give it

a second thought.

How about a beer, Earl?

- Your usual?

- Please.

Glass of Chardonnay

for Beth.

[Man Laughs]

What, I say

something funny?

No. I mean, sort of.

You people do this

every night?

- "You people"?

- What do they call it anyway,


No. That's karaoke.

- It's a way of life.

- [Chuckles] Some life.

- Can I have another seven-and-seven?

- You bet it is.

Talent like Ronny's brings in about

a thousand bucks a month, mister.

And that's on top of what I make

at the meat plant.

- For amateur singing.

- [Beth] Nothing amateur about it.

A hundred bucks up tonight,

and winning automatically qualifes...

for the grand prize

over in Omaha.

And you, mister,

are looking at the winner.

Hey, from what

I've seen tonight,

I don't see how you can lose.


Maybe you'd like to pass through

our little contest here, huh?

I don't have the right costume.


You don't have the voice.

I beg your pardon.

I'll have you know I was in the choir

all three years of high school.

- So sing.

- For a hundred bucks?

You gotta be kidding.

It's not even worth it.

Really? Well, why don't I

sweeten the pot a little bit?

How much you got

in your pockets?

All right.

What the hell.

Might be fun.

Let's see.

Six hundred

and ninety bucks.


[Clears Throat]

- You're covered.

- So what are you gonna sing?

- Hell, I don't know. Whatcha got?

- Show him the menu.

- "Joe Cocker."

- Joe Cocker.

All right.

You be the bank.

- Oh, come on, guys.

- Earl, just hold the money.

- Got it? All right? Got it?

- All right. All right.




Seems I got to have

a change of scene

Every night I have

Strangest dream

- He's good!

- Imprisoned by the way

It could have been

Left here on my own

or so it seems

I got to leave before I

start to scream

Oh, someone

locked the door

And took the key

Hey, feelin' alright


I'm not feelin'

too good myself

- Uh-huh

- Yes, sir



- I'm not feelin'

too good myself, no

- Uh-huh

Boy, you sure took me

For one big ride

Even now I sit

and I wonder why

That when I think of you

I start myself to cry

Can't just waste my time

I must get by

Gotta stop believin'

in all your lies

Oh, there's too much to do

before I die, hey



I'm not feelin'

too good myself, no

- Uh-huh

- Yes, sir

Feelin' alright

Uh ho


I'm feelin' alright

- Uh-huh

- [Cell Phone Ringing]

[Ringing Continues]


Yeah, this is Ricky Dean.


- Oh, sh*t.

- Honey, you okay?


Oh, sh*t.

Uh, where?

Um, I-I don't know.

No, no, I understand.

It's just that...

No, no, no.

I understand.

Hang on a second.

Where am I?

- Tulsa.

- They got a direct flight to Vegas?

Oh, yeah, sure.

They got a regular shuttle.

Uh, I-I can't make it

till tomorrow night.

All right.

- What happened?

- Nothing.

Somebody died.

Of course, not as cold

across Texas...

in comparison

to parts of Montana.

It's all relative, though.

[Continues, Indistinct]

[Alarm Buzzing]

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John Byrum

John Byrum (born March 14, 1947) is an American film director and writer known for The Razor's Edge, Heart Beat, Duets and Inserts. more…

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