Synopsis: 1950. Rural Alabama. Cotton harvest. It's a make-or-break weekend for the Honeydripper Lounge and its owner, piano player Tyrone "Pine Top" Purvis. Deep in debt to the liquor man, the chicken man, and the landlord, Tyrone is desperate to lure the young cotton pickers and local Army base recruits into his juke joint, away from Touissant's, the rival joint across the way. His plan to hire a guitar legend go awry and Tyrone is forced to take drastic action in a final scheme to save the club.
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Director(s): John Sayles
Production: Emerging Pictures
  3 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
124 min

Come on, lay off with that scratch!

Ain't bothering you.

Yes it is,

that ain't no kind of music.

At least I make a sound.

Yeah, and it's a nasty one.

Wanna try again tonight?

Might as well.


# I know a gal

by the name of Maid Lou

# She shook it so much

she had the German flu

# No matter how she done it

# Oh, no matter how she done it

# Well, no matter how she done it

# She done it just the same

# The women didn't like her

# And they called her out

of her name

# But the men, they loved her

# Mmm, it was a crying shame

# No matter how she done it

# No matter how she done it

# Well, no matter how she done it

# She done it just the same

# No matter how she done it

# She done it just the same

# Yes, she did. #

You take it for a while.

They making all that racket again

at Toussaint's.

Yeah, all them people

over there buying drinks,

throwin' that money after them

dice and what not.

Lucky we got none of that here.

# You can drink your liquor

# You can drink your cold can beer

# You can drink your good whisky

# You can drink your cool can beer

# You can stay out

all with your sweet gal

# But, Papa,

don't you leave me here

# I hear that wild ox moaning

# Looking for that Texas... #

Sounding good, huh?

Sounds fine. Always has.

Not much of a crowd. Not a crowd at all,

just some stiffs who wanna drink themselves

to sleep without the music waking them up.

You oughta advertise.

Got an attraction like Bertha Mae.

Singing is one thing, Slick, but

whether people wanna look at you

when you do it is another.

Got quite a number

over the Toussaint's place tonight.

Sounds like it.

Lots of young folks coming in

to listen to that box of his.

I don't see why we don't just turn our box

on, let folks feed it nickels like they do.

The lady is singing.

# You hear me pleading, baby

Baby, don't you leave me here... #

But didn't nobody come

to listen to her, Slick.

# Come here, sweet Daddy

# Let me whisper in your ear... #

Like the man say,

you can't argue with failure.

You know why Slick

here's like a preacher?

Cos he do all his best work

on his knees!

Never mind him, he's just drunk.

I heard she put a ring through it,

use it to drag him round the house.

Come on, you know Tyrone

don't like no scuffle in here.

I ought to get me old lady,

help out with the groceries...

You just gotta sweet talk her some,

give her a little poke every now and then.

You gonna drink,

or you gonna lay Gentlemen!

Miss Delilah.

Let's behave ourselves.

What are you boys doing in here?

Out, out! And what are you

doing behind that bar?

It's just for a minute.

That's 60 seconds too long.

Maceo, take that child's place.

You bring people their food,

Nobody's eating!

That's cos nobody's here

but these couple of lost souls.

Haven't had an appetite since

they gave over to the devil.

Evening, Maceo,

you looking good tonight!

Likewise, Miss Nadine.

What can I do for you?

Oh, you know what you can do for me,

sweet man.

What would you like... to drink?

How many is that tonight?

Don't talk to me about that, baby.

Not tonight. I don't want

China Doll behind that bar.

She's got to help out.

Not behind there she doesn't. You

know she's not supposed to get excited.

Not much chance of that in here.

Harvest hands all crowded in

to Toussaint's place.

Young ones.

You'll get some of them.

They'll stick their noses in here, get

one little sniff of the music and go home.

Maybe that's the wages of sin.

Ain't no sin happening

here tonight, baby.

And there sure as hell

ain't no wages.

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John Sayles

John Thomas Sayles (born September 28, 1950) is an American independent film director, screenwriter, editor, actor and novelist. He has twice been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Passion Fish (1992) and Lone Star (1996). His film Men with Guns (1997) has been nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. His directorial debut, Return of the Secaucus 7 (1980), has been added to the National Film Registry. more…

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