Duets (2000) - Synopsis
Duets is a road-trip film about six individuals who throw off the binds of their pre-determined lives and strive to fulfill their dreams. The metaphor for this is Karaoke - the courage to stand up, sing and be free.
They are: a waitress MARIA BELLO from Wheeling, West Virginia desperate to get to California to become a recording star, an ex-con ANDRE BRAUGHER unwilling to bend to the rules of society who sings with the voice of an angel, a salesman PAUL GIAMATTI who melts down while chasing the American Dream, a seasoned Karaoke hustler HUEY LEWIS who is disconnected from everybody and everything, an innocent Vegas showgirl (Academy Award® winner GWYNETH PALTROW) searching for family and love, and a young down-on-his-luck cab driver (SCOTT SPEEDMAN). Each is searching for the meaning of life.
As they converge on the $5,000 Grand Prize Karaoke Contest in Omaha, Nebraska, their lives intertwine, revealing the funny, raucous world of Karaoke bars and chain hotels that link the interstates of Middle America.
Seven Arts Pictures and Beacon Pictures, a Kevin Jones production, a Bruce Paltrow film, Duets (2000). Directed by Bruce Paltrow, written by John Byrum, the producers are Kevin Jones, Bruce Paltrow and John Byrum. Executive producers are Lee R. Mayes, Neil Canton, Tony Ludwig and Alan Riche.