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Great Harmonica in Movies

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Chris C
May 28, 2009 4:41 PM GMT

I saw The Counterfeitersat the local hall tonight. An excellent film. It had great chrom playing all though it. Hugo Díaz from Argentina. Very expressive and impressive playing. I really enjoy watching good movies with good harp in it. Two of my favourite things. What other films would people recommend?

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May 28, 2009 9:33 PM GMT
jawbone s Replied:

Little Big Man has some nice stuff. My Name Is Earl has some very effective and simple harp in it.

May 29, 2009 4:14 PM GMT
blogward Replied:

Toots Thielemans' Midnight Cowboy has got to be in my top three. 'Once Upon A Time In The West' is good to play along to, as long as you're not in the cinema!

Jul 02, 2009 12:09 AM GMT
greg r Replied:

Check out Matewan, by John Sayles; gresat harp playing by Phil Wiggins

Jul 02, 2009 12:14 AM GMT
Nick Replied:

I just watched The Last Waltz (Scorsese directed) as per my stepdad's recommendations and not to mention just being a kick @$$ who's who of rock legends, Its got some Paul Butterfield on it.. Muddy Waters as well. Awesome movie.. Tho is it just me or does it seem like Joni Mitchell needs to put the cookoo back in the clock?

Jul 02, 2009 5:21 AM GMT
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Jul 02, 2009 5:22 AM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

What was the movie about Little Walter?

Jul 02, 2009 5:42 AM GMT
Mark $ Replied:

Crossroads is pretty awsome, it is a play on the Robert Johnson story. Cadilac Records has a lot of great blues, and is based on the Chess Records label that fueled the chicado blues recording sceene in the the 50s and on. it has characters like Little Walter, Koko Taylor, and Muddy Waters. The kid from Free Willy plays some harp in a short sceene too.

Jul 02, 2009 12:47 PM GMT
Sioux S.Seydal Replied:

'Bringing Out the Dead' - one of my favorite movies. (Scorsese/Goodman/Cage/...)

One of the reasons for me to pick up harping again! If you have a chance to rent the movie, have your Bb harp ready!


Jul 02, 2009 3:20 PM GMT
FatJim Replied:

The harp on Bringing Out the Dead is Van Morrison/Them (T.B. Sheets).

There's a rather violent japanese gangster movie by Takeshi Miike called "Blues Harp" which is about a barman who plays blues harmonica and gets sucked into the world of drug dealing. Worth a watch if you can track it down.

Jul 02, 2009 8:51 PM GMT
Maciek D Replied:

Not a harmonica, but just good music. "Oh brother where art thou?" I love the movie and sounds in it. One of the caracters is a Black guitar player who sold his soul to the Devil. Sounds familiar? :)

Jul 03, 2009 1:42 AM GMT
Chris C Replied:

Thanks some good stuff to track down. Keep them coming.

Sep 13, 2009 10:11 AM GMT
Dai Replied:

I watched junkyard blues on TCM the other night, olenty harp by Paul Butterfield

Sep 13, 2009 3:00 PM GMT
eric h Replied:

"the jerk" with steve martin. i think it is cephas and wiggins playing during the movie and they got cameos at the beginning and ending.

taj mahal plays harp in "old yeller", i think. one of those family movies with a dog in it.

and of course, "windtalker" with christian slater wailing on a harp duet with one of the navajo code men playing flute.

Sep 13, 2009 6:37 PM GMT
Iggy K Replied:

BBC harmonica documentary - Tin sandwich anyone?

Once upon a time in the west :)

Nov 17, 2009 6:04 AM GMT
Steve C Replied:

Watch the movie "Into The Wild". It has good harmonica by Charlie Musselwhite.

Nov 19, 2009 1:48 AM GMT
HarpMan Freeman Replied:

This might be cheating, but the Internet Movie Data Base website can list movies with Harmonicas.

It's not exhaustive and it doesn't say if the harmonica parts were good or bad.
It even list some Harmonica Players such as Tommy Morgan:

For what it worth...

Shawn "HarpMan" Freeman
Virginia Beach, Va

Nov 19, 2009 4:54 PM GMT
jon s Replied:

@ steve c

into the wild is a great great movie. based on a true story too. i have the book as well. the book is cool cause it shows a map over his travel an how where the bus was, civilation was like only a mile away or something like that. kinda sucks for him though.

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