Dixie Chicks - Shut Up and Sing (2006)



Critic Consensus: Though ostensibly an intimate look at the Dixie Chicks after their 2003 anti-Bush remark, the film achieves broader relevance by exploring how media, politics, and celebrities intertwine.

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In 2003, Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines told a London concert audience that they were "ashamed the President of the United States was from Texas." This fascinating documentary examines how the trio handled the resulting political firestorm, and looks at how it impacted their lives both professionally and personally. Included are concert clips, interviews and backstage footage. Directed by Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck.
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Shut Up and Sing tells the story of three young women whose belief in America is bred in the bone, and it shames their critics.

Full Review… | October 19, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
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In today's polarized America, you pick who you stand with, even in pop culture. Kopple's film makes that choice stark...

December 8, 2006
Orlando Sentinel
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A superior rockumentary.

Full Review… | November 17, 2006
Time Out
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A fascinating look at the intersection of commerce, celebrity, and controversy.

Full Review… | November 17, 2006
Boston Globe
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A thoughtful and enjoyable documentary from Barbara Kopple.

November 17, 2006
Seattle Times
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[Natalie Maines] makes it clear in this astonishingly candid, intimate film that she doesn't think she has anything to apologize for.

Full Review… | November 17, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Dixie Chicks - Shut Up and Sing

As a music fan, I'm learning towards heavy metal music and rock. However this documentary on country all female band Dixie Chicks is a phenomenal film surrounding the controversy around a comment that Natalie Maines made during a concert. This film chronicles the ordeal the band to face, the numerous threats they had to endure to regain a foothold in country music. This documentary is terrific, and shows the ignorance of some people perfectly. Even though I don't like Country music, I find what these gals have gone to be atrocious, and I respect them for saying what I believe is a good thing. The film has some sad moments, but also funny moments as Natalie Maines has an intense feud with Toby Keith (she wears a shirt that says F.U.T.K) We all know what that could mean. As a documentary on a band, this is just as entertaining as say Rush Beyond the Lighted Stage and Anvil the story of Anvil! I thought it was a very entertaining documentary, and even for a metalhead like me, I enjoyed this film. This is a terrific music documentary. If you enjoy documentaries of this style give it a shot.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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This film is my first documentary film I've watched... And my feeling is how great this documentary was... Dixie Chicks to go from hero to zero only with a one second word... It's hard if I had to have a hard time like they had... And for Natalie, the lead singer, she's great... And of course the single 'Not Ready To Make Nice' get them back on the track... A great comeback for them with 5 Grammy this year, nothing would be nicer than that... And of course, this movie is 'nice' too...

Sanjaya  丘耀文
Sanjaya 丘耀文

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I had no idea how much of an effect Natalie's comments had on the band. Dixie Chicks are the only country and western band I will listen to.

Red Lats
Red Lats

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