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Tam_Zeb - Posted - 04/27/2010:  12:11:59


Hi Ya'll

Apart from THAT MOVIE what other movies have featured the banjo and bluegrass music.

OSCAR82AA - Posted - 04/27/2010:  12:17:21


That is a great question, lets wait for the experts to reply.

Someone will know.

steve davis - Posted - 04/27/2010:  12:17:34


When you say "That movie"do you mean Bonnie and Clyde.Beverly Hillbillies,
Oh Brother...or Deliverance?


Edited by - steve davis on 04/27/2010 12:19:37

Ronnie - Posted - 04/27/2010:  12:18:51


Popeye (Robin Williams) cameo appearances by Doug Dillard.

steve davis - Posted - 04/27/2010:  12:20:09


Harold and Maude

dschuck - Posted - 04/27/2010:  12:21:26


Searching for the One Eyed Jesus was one I liked, if you are into documentaries.

Ronnie - Posted - 04/27/2010:  12:23:55


Cold Mountain
banjo, but no bluegrass


Edited by - Ronnie on 04/27/2010 12:36:28

Jim D - Posted - 04/27/2010:  12:27:01


Song Catcher --- oops, you said bluegrass, scratch that and Cold Mountain.


Edited by - Jim D on 04/27/2010 12:27:31

Tam_Zeb - Posted - 04/27/2010:  12:37:18


Deliverance Steve

Some folks here on the Hangout get quite upset when that movie is mentioned and I really don't want this thread taken over by that debate.

The banjo although having it's roots in Africa is considered to be an Amercan instrument and has played an important roll in almost all aspects of American music.

I am just interested to know which movies the banjo has been featured in and not necessarily bluegrass banjo any style.

Hoss - Posted - 04/27/2010:  12:50:42


Zombieland, featuring the worst-played few banjo notes ever laid down on film. If you want to expand the thread to include TV Ed Helms plays it in a couple episodes of The Office. At least he really does play the banjo.

pick1936 - Posted - 04/27/2010:  13:05:33


In the movie (A Simple Twist Of Faith, older movie Steve Matin, played a Wood Worker, and Played a little banjo.




Nechville. In Higginsville.

tom robarts - Posted - 04/27/2010:  13:10:05


Cool Hand Luke and by coincedence I had a go at playing and singing the piece featured in the film and posted it in the sound off forum just a few days ago

banjonz - Posted - 04/27/2010:  13:23:20


Land of the Lost. Vanishing Point (70's).

miiloo - Posted - 04/27/2010:  13:26:37


The most recent version of Public Enemies featuring Otis Taylor.

snapjackson - Posted - 04/27/2010:  14:04:50


Pete Seeger in Raising Arizona

3fingers - Posted - 04/27/2010:  14:30:03


Whats that movie that people show clips of here on BHO? The guys name in the move IS banjo I think.

Lonestar Newb - Posted - 04/27/2010:  14:37:56


I just watched part of it today at lunch........Maverick with Mel Gibson. It had a lot of banjo background music.

Banjov1 - Posted - 04/27/2010:  14:39:01


quote:
Originally posted by 3fingers

Whats that movie that people show clips of here on BHO? The guys name in the move IS banjo I think.



Sabata

Ronnie - Posted - 04/28/2010:  06:09:21


The Smokey and the Bandit movies and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas featured a lot of Bobby Thompson's banjo playing, but he didn't appear on camera.

troy_nov1965 - Posted - 04/28/2010:  06:09:48


2 old movies off top of my head

Kirk Douglas plays banjo in the movie Man Without a Star

Jerry Van Dyke plays banjo in John Wayne movie McClintock

There is another old western , frontier type movie that had some banjo playing in it but cant recall what it was called , but i do remember a woman selling pies . The leading man playing banjo on horseback.

jaderhold - Posted - 04/28/2010:  09:20:43


Tom McKinney played banjo in a Disney movie back in 1970's called "Nashville Coyote"

devoall - Posted - 04/28/2010:  12:31:25


There is a union soldier playing clawhammer in "The outlaw Josey wales", it's only for a short time, but I was super excited when I saw it.

jaderhold - Posted - 05/10/2010:  17:27:28


I played banjo on the trailer music of a low budget "B" movie made in 1977 called "Polk County Pot Plane". It was later renamed "In Hot Persuit". The story was based around a true happening in 1975, when some dare devils landed a DC 4 passenger plane filled with marijuana on a mountain top in Polk County, Georgia, on the Alabama border. The song was sort of a folk rock deal with drums, electric guitar, piano, and vocal. I figured the banjo would be way down in the mix, but it could be clearly heard.

feldspar1333 - Posted - 05/10/2010:  18:51:56


Jesco White - The Dancing Outlaw

cbcarlisle - Posted - 05/11/2010:  08:29:39


There are lots of strumming banjos (mostly in saloons) in Westerns but the best has got to be with Nat "King" Cole and Stubby Kaye in the hilarious "Cat Ballou."

FatManMary - Posted - 05/11/2010:  08:39:28


quote:
Originally posted by feldspar1333

Jesco White - The Dancing Outlaw




You seen the new one? The Wild Wonderful Whites of West Virginia. It does the whole family instead of just Jesco. Left me damn near speechless,

3fingers - Posted - 05/11/2010:  09:20:35


I saw the new Land of the lost movie with Wil Ferell a couple days ago and he plays what looks like a ESS while a bug sucks his blood.

Craig

garman - Posted - 05/11/2010:  09:32:41


Its not a movie but the most recent KoolAid commerical has a banjo theme, with the pitcher defeating a soda can on a log. I liked it but wondered who was actually playing. KoolAid.....banjo.........think our instrument is becoming more mainstream.........hahaha

feldspar1333 - Posted - 05/11/2010:  16:01:18


quote:
Originally posted by FatManMary

quote:
Originally posted by feldspar1333

Jesco White - The Dancing Outlaw




You seen the new one? The Wild Wonderful Whites of West Virginia. It does the whole family instead of just Jesco. Left me damn near speechless,


I saw the original, then Part II (Jesco goes to Hollywood). I have just seens parts of the Wild Wonderful....
I love them all!

paulac7 - Posted - 05/11/2010:  20:33:23


Andersonville--the 1996 version.

This Civil War movie features a Western PA coal miner who plays the banjo, which is later stolen and the 'raiders' have a party with one of them playing a pretty spirited rendition of 'buffalo girls' on the stolen banjo--I know that's not the name of the song, but that's the only name that comes to mind right now...........

Also, I think there is a deodorant ad that has a banjo background, also--the mountain biker whos wheel falls off, and he has to ride unicycle-style down the hill to reunite his bike with the renegade front wheel.........

Flying Eagle - Posted - 05/11/2010:  20:44:48


quote:
Originally posted by paulac7

Andersonville--the 1996 version.

This Civil War movie features a Western PA coal miner who plays the banjo, which is later stolen and the 'raiders' have a party with one of them playing a pretty spirited rendition of 'buffalo girls' on the stolen banjo--I know that's not the name of the song, but that's the only name that comes to mind right now...........



Well, Paula, there is a song called "Buffalo Gals"... perhaps that was the song in the movie. It's a fairly well-known melody. You had probably heard it before you saw the movie.

"Buffalo gals won't you come out tonight, come out tonight, come out tonight
Buffalo gals won't you come out tonight, and sit by the light of the moon"

I've always wondered, what exactly IS a buffalo gal? Anyway, it's a pretty cool song. I like to start it out real slow and then play it warp speed. I think someone else recorded it that way once.

JW

paulac7 - Posted - 05/11/2010:  21:01:34


Yep--that be the song in the movie all right--

"I asked her if she'd like to dance, like to dance, like to dance" and so forth..

That's 1 of the 2 songs that I can play clawhammer. (badly lol)

Not really sure what a 'buffalo gal' is, either, but it's a catchy tune, nevertheless....I've been singing it since I posted about it.

Thanks for the info, and have a good one!!

jazzylynne - Posted - 05/12/2010:  06:33:59


Not a movie, but the first episode of Star Trek Voyager has a guy playing a banjo. Clawhammer I believe.

bowfinger - Posted - 09/18/2010:  17:33:08


While watching "The BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE" an old musical on Fox movie channel this morning I saw one of the actors playing a banjo. It hit me that it was a Gibson! An RB-3 or RB-75 with the double cut headstock and the "cross" pattern like J.D. Crowe's RB.

bowfinger - Posted - 09/18/2010:  17:33:09


While watching "The BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE" an old musical on Fox movie channel this morning I saw one of the actors playing a banjo. It hit me that it was a Gibson! An RB-3 or RB-75 with the double cut headstock and the "cross" pattern like J.D. Crowe's RB.

Slick Salmon - Posted - 09/19/2010:  11:42:52


Winter's Bone.

Kevin B - Posted - 09/19/2010:  15:19:32


This is a very good drama that I like called :The Fifth String," with Dwight Diller amazon.com/Fifth-String-Dwight...00077I436

mike gregory - Posted - 09/19/2010:  15:34:39


quote:
Originally posted by paulac7

Yep--that be the song in the movie all right--

"I asked her if she'd like to dance, like to dance, like to dance" and so forth..

That's 1 of the 2 songs that I can play clawhammer. (badly lol)

Not really sure what a 'buffalo gal' is, either, but it's a catchy tune, nevertheless....I've been singing it since I posted about it.

Thanks for the info, and have a good one!!




Wild guess:
If a "buffalo soldier" is a soldier of African ancestry ( called that because the Aative Americans thought their hair resembled a buffalo's), perhaps the buffalo gals were women of African ancestry.

Anybody know how to access an accurate online dictionary of Amreican slang?

mike gregory - Posted - 09/19/2010:  15:37:30


Kirk Douglas actually could play tenor banjo, and pretended to play one made of a turtle shell in Disney's
"20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"

gdoc - Posted - 09/19/2010:  21:11:00


Jerry VanDyke played banjo in a John Wayne Movie, McClintoc sp? I think

Ronnie - Posted - 09/20/2010:  06:29:42


The original "Walking Tall" was filmed in my area. Young Jimmy Melton, of Henderson TN, had a cameo appearance playing banjo in a bar.


Edited by - Ronnie on 09/20/2010 06:47:01

Tron - Posted - 12/06/2010:  12:44:27


Does anyone know where to find the tab to the tv show "Land of the Lost?"

Ronnie - Posted - 12/06/2010:  12:48:14


Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus

the parrot - Posted - 12/07/2010:  11:37:45


I had a couple lines & picked a few tunes in 'Foxfire Light', a movie from the book of the same title written by Janet Dailey.
Pickin' my old '54 Bowtie.

LH

michael6 - Posted - 12/07/2010:  17:36:39


Banjo on My Knee (1936) Buddy Ebsen aka Jed Clampett stars with Barbara Stanwyck. A friend of mine had it on DVD. Several cameos of players with banjos.



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